In recent years, bamboo sheets and bamboo pillow cases have increased in popularity – for many reasons. They are smoother and more luxurious than cotton or linen, absorb moisture, are inherently hypoallergenic and made from sustainable fabric. Their ability to keep you cool when it’s warm and warm in the colder months makes them a first-class choice for anyone who has difficulty sleeping and they’re also ideal for those with an allergy or sensitive skin.
If you haven’t experienced the benefits of sleeping in bamboo, here are some of the things you need to know about bamboo sheets before you make your purchase.
Bamboo is a natural fibre that is either mechanically or chemically processed to create the fibres that are used to make bamboo fabric.
There are four varieties of bamboo fabric:
- 100% bamboo viscose, also known as bamboo rayon in the US – most sheets are made of this fabric.
- 100% bamboo modal – made with the same chemical process as viscose but with an extra stretching process to make it lighter, finer and stronger.
- 100% bamboo lyocell – one of the most sustainable textiles. It is produced by dissolving the raw bamboo pulp with a non-toxic solvent to create fibres that result in a fabric that’s softer than bamboo viscose. For this reason, it’s usually used for bamboo clothing.
- Raw bamboo linen fibre – this fabric is produced mechanically without the use of chemicals in the same way as linen or hemp. While it uses an extremely sustainable process, the resultant fabric is slightly coarse and prone to wrinkles and so is not often used for bedding.