Being eco-friendly is becoming more and more popular these days, and it’s a good thing. But trying to become more eco-friendly often results in high costs and giving up comfort and practicality.
So would you believe that there are ways to become greener while simultaneously gaining more comfort and luxury? Well, there are. And the answer is bamboo sheets.
Bamboo Can Be Made into Fabric?
When I first heard about bamboo sheets, they sounded like a terrible idea to me. I mean, isn’t bamboo hard? How could anyone possibly make fabric from it? But, when I got my first set of bamboo sheets, I realized how wrong I was.
Bamboo sheets are shockingly soft – much more so than cotton sheets, or even Egyptian cotton sheets.
- Bamboo sheets have a low thread count but are soft…? Bamboo sheets generally have a good thread count of about 250 or 300, yet they compare to the feel of 1,000-thread count cotton sheets. How is this possible? Because of the nature of bamboo fabric. Bamboo viscose sheets are naturally softer than sheets made from fibers like cotton, thanks to the chemical process they go through. This chemical process is surprisingly eco-friendly, and especially more so than the chemical process required to make cotton sheets. The fact that less harsh chemicals are used in bamboo sheets probably contributes a lot to their softness in spite of their low thread count.
- Hot at night? Cold at night? Bamboo sheets can fix that. Bamboo sheets regulate temperatures much better than sheets made of any other type of fabric. This means that in the summer you feel cooler and in the winter you feel warmer when you use bamboo sheets. This is also a benefit for couples that prefer different temperatures at night, because each person can actually enjoy the temperature they want, unlike with other types of fabric.
- Bamboo sheets are green. Bamboo sheets are extremely eco-friendly because bamboo is such a renewable resource.
But What Exactly Makes Bamboo Sheets Green?
Well, a few things actually. Here are some of them:
- Bamboo grows quickly. It can grow up to three feet in a single day! This means that it can be harvested quickly as well, as most species grow to maturity in anywhere from one to three years.
- Bamboo has a negative carbon footprint. How is this possible? Bamboo produces lots and lots of oxygen when it grows. If you had a forest of bamboo and a grove of trees that were the same size, the bamboo forest would produce 35% more oxygen than the trees, which is what gives bamboo a negative carbon footprint. If that isn’t green, I don’t know what is.
- Bamboo prevents soil erosion. The root system of bamboo helps to prevent soil erosion because of its structure, which is similar to that of a net. This structure helps to keep the soil from washing away or eroding while the bamboo grows. This is in contrast to crops such as cotton, which actually render soil unusable after just a few years.
It is for all these reasons and more that by choosing bamboo sheets you can bring a little green into your bedroom.