You’ve been keeping a lucky bamboo stalk alive for 10 years. It makes a great piece of natural décor (and you swear it gives off the best oxygen), but do you know how much potential bamboo has?
As it turns out, the perennial plant is good for more than bookshelf accessorizing and making eco-friendly straws. Bamboo sheets are cool, comfy, and becoming more popular.
Bamboo could be just what you need to sleep for eight hours without tossing and turning.
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of bamboo sheets and how they help the environment. But first, what are bamboo sheets anyway? We’re here to break it all down.
How are Bamboo Sheets Made?
If you touch the outside of a bamboo stalk, it might be hard to imagine that bamboo sheets would be soft and comfortable. The exterior of bamboo is smooth but tough. Thankfully, the process by which bamboo is turned into fabric allows it to become the stuff that luxury dreams are made of.
First, bamboo is harvested. Because it’s a grass, the chutes of bamboo can regrow after they’re cut down because the roots remain in the ground.
Once it’s been cut, bamboo is then chopped up or shredded and turned into viscose. This is a fancy way of saying that a chemical process takes the bamboo and makes it into a fiber. Some companies use very earth-friendly chemicals (like a sodium solution) for this process. Other times it involves carbon disulfide, sodium hydroxide, and sulfuric acid.
Now that the bamboo is in a viscose form, it can be pressed and turned into threads. Then those threads are woven together to form your sheets!
Because of how strong bamboo is, a single thread can often stretch the entire length of the sheet. That lends itself to a smooth feel.
Pros of Bamboo Sheets
Have we mentioned that bamboo sheets are smooth? Yeah, we’ve definitely mentioned that. But what are bamboo sheets good for besides feeling like you’re being wrapped in velvety butter every night?
A lot, as it turns out.
Here are just some of the main bamboo sheets benefits that could win you over by the end of the first night:
- Thermo Regulation. If you sleep hot, bamboo sheets will be your jam. Thanks to its thermoregulation (aka temperature regulating) properties, bamboo helps keep you cool all night. No more sleeping with one foot over the side of the mattress.
- Moisture Wicking. Sleep sweating is no joke. Even though bamboo keeps you cool, things might still heat up. Bamboo is better than cotton at pulling moisture away from your body and drying quickly.
- Odor Resistance. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, bamboo is a natural deodorizer. Your bamboo sheets will smell better than your regular cotton sheets. Do whatever you do in bed and wake up feeling so fresh and so clean.
- Hypoallergenic. Are bamboo sheets good for people with allergies? You bet they are. Bamboo fiber is a hypoallergenic fabric, so you’re less likely to wake yourself up by sneezing.
- Softness of High Thread Count. You don’t have to invest in high-count Egyptian sheets to enjoy the feeling of silky bedding. Bamboo feels like a much higher thread count than it is, providing an incredibly soft surface.
- Durable. Bamboo is a particularly resilient material. In fact, it’s one of the strongest materials on the planet. A single set of sheets could last up to 1,000 washes!
Potential Cons of Bamboo Sheets
As with any new purchase, there are some potential pitfalls to avoid when you’re shopping for new sheets. Here are a few things to remember as you consider swapping out your cotton bedding for a new bamboo set:
- Expense. Bamboo sheets often cost more than traditional cotton or polyester blend sheets. That doesn’t mean they’re not a good investment. As we previously mentioned, a set of bamboo sheets could last for a whopping 1,000 washes. Even if you wash them once a week, they’ll stand up to wear and tear for years. Still, if you’re price conscious, bamboo sheets may be something to save up for.
- Washing Instructions. Nobody panic! You can still throw bamboo sheets in the wash. However, it’s not recommended to use bleach, hot water, or fabric softener. That may mean running them in an independent laundry load.
- Wrinkles. Bamboo fabric can wrinkle more quickly than alternate fabrics. That means if you want your sheets to be pristine when you put them on the bed, it takes some extra care. You should take your sheets out of the dryer immediately and spread the fitted sheet and top sheet out to steer clear of wrinkle city.
Bamboo sheet downsides are not significant, and they can be mitigated in most cases. But you should understand how to care for them before you order a set – it’s the best way to make sure you prolong their lifespan.
You don’t have to be a tree hugger to care about producing less waste on the planet (but hug away, if that’s your thing). If you’re being conscious about your footprint on the environment – bamboo sheets are even more appealing.
What are bamboo sheets doing for the Earth exactly? Quite a few things. Here are some of the benefits of bamboo sheets that will speak to your green loving heart:
- Water Efficient. Bamboo uses 200x less water than cotton. They’re not exactly cacti, but bamboo shoots can grow strong without depleting their local environment of water.
- Tolerant Soil Growth. Unlike some other plants, which require very specific growing conditions, bamboo can tolerate most soil types. They can thrive in dry conditions and poor soil. This means less water and/or chemicals required to get the soil ready.
- Pest Resistance. Bamboo is also naturally pest-resistant. As a result, there are no harsh chemicals sprayed on it during the growing or manufacturing process.
- Oxygen Production. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than your average tree. In a world where deforestation is so common, bamboo is doing more than its fair share to replenish the O2 of the world!
- Fast Growth. Bamboo also grows very quickly and can be cut several times a year. As we already mentioned, the roots are not displaced during harvest. The same bamboo can grow back in the same place – often even stronger with each harvest.
The Bottom Line on Bamboo Sheets
The pros of bamboo sheets far outweigh any concerns you might have. Whether you’re attracted to their hypoallergenic nature (no more dust mites!) or the fact that you can sleep cooler, bamboo fabric is a great solution to a variety of sleep concerns.
If you can say “yes” to any of the following statements, a change to bamboo sheets makes sense:
- I am easily irritated by dust mites in bed and can’t seem to avoid waking up stuffy.
- I sleep hot and my sheets, no matter how thin, seem to make me overheat.
- My skin is sensitive, and I need super soft sheets to get comfortable enough to drift off.
- I hate having to replace my sheets every six months because they stretch out too much, become thin, or get coarse after a few washes.
- I am trying to use more organic or earth-friendly materials in my life.
- I like the feeling of high thread count sheets, but a set of expensive bedding just isn’t in the budget right now.
Layla Bamboo Sheets for the Win
Layla Bamboo sheets are cooling, durable, and super comfortable. We’ve tested them to make sure they’ll last through 1,000 washes (and we must admit they get better after every wash).
In addition to giving you the softest surface to sleep on, our bamboo sheets are more breathable than cotton or polyester sheets. What comes with your purchase? Each full, queen, king, and cal-king sheet set includes: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases. The twin and twin xl sets include: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 1 pillowcase.
If you still have questions, reach out to Layla Sleep today! Better yet, give our sheets a try for 120 days. If you don’t think it’s a love match, just send them back for free.