Now that you know all that there is to know about TENCEL™ Lyocell from our previous post, let’s talk about our other favourite sheeting fabric! Are you looking for something new, something fresh, something eco-friendly? Soft as silk, naturally breathable, and born from a sustainable resource, bamboo-blend fabrics possess ideal temperature regulating properties, so they feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
What are Bamboo-blend Fibers?
Bamboo is one of the softest fabrics in the world! It’s softer than cotton, but with a drape like silk. The use of bamboo fiber for textiles was a 20th century development pioneered by several Chinese corporations.
The bamboo fabric is regarded as a sustainable textile because the bamboo plant is very quick growing, requires far less water to grow than cotton, does not deplete the soil and doesn’t usually require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive. As a result, plantations can easily be kept organic and replanted yearly to replenish stocks. Bamboo takes in 5 times as much greenhouse gas, and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
How it’s Made:
Bamboo fabric, which is made from pulp or cellulose of the bamboo stalk, resembles cotton in its natural form (a puffball of light, airy fibers). To make bamboo fabric, bamboo is heavily pulped until it separates into thin threads of cellulose, which can be spun, dyed and woven into cloth. These threads are defined as ‘Rayon from Bamboo’. The Competition Bureau of Canada classifies that all man-made fibers that use cellulose derived from plans to be labeled as ‘Rayon’ .
Qualities & Benefits:
In textiles form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent and able to hold three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate more quickly. For this reason, Bamboo sheets have excellent temperature regulation abilities. Bamboo also has antibacterial qualities and is able to retain these qualities even through multiple washings. This results in reducing bacteria that can thrive on fabrics and cause unpleasant odors.
The versatility of the bamboo fabric makes it an excellent choice for those of you exploring alternative textiles, and in addition, the fabric is able to take bright dye colours well, drape smoothly, and star in a variety of roles from knit shirts to woven skirts, bed linens and towels.
Bamboo has wonderful hypoallergenic properties and can be worn or placed directly next to the skin of those more sensitive people. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp do not complain of this issue with bamboo. The fabric/thread is smooth and round (without going through a chemical treatment), meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.
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