What Is Rayon From Bamboo?
Rayon from bamboo has become an incredibly trendy textile in recent years. Yet despite its growing popularity, not everyone knows the full bamboo rayon rundown, or just how great this fiber really is.
Since 2008, QE Home has proudly carried this bamboo-tiful material…and it’s one of our bestselling products for a reason! From its sustainability to its exceptional, breathable comfort, there’s no shortage of reasons to love this fabric.
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What Exactly Is Rayon From Bamboo?
Did you know that bamboo plants can’t actually form their characteristic soft and breathable fibers on their own?
Because they need a little extra help reaching their optimal state, the term rayon from bamboo (or bamboo rayon) is used to describe the man-made, semi-synthetic fiber that results when plant fibers are spun into threads.
On their own, bamboo rayon fibers tend to be less durable when wet compared to other fibers, so you’ll often find them blended with cotton or polyester for added strength (more on this in a moment!)
How Is Rayon From Bamboo Made?
Rayon from bamboo is made from bamboo cellulose, which is derived from bamboo plant stalks and leaves.
Once harvested, the stalks and leaves are crushed into a pulp before being mixed with natural enzymes that break down the plant matter more. What remains is a mass of bamboo cellulose that can then be spun into threads and woven to create fabrics – like the kinds our customers know and love!
(P.S. If you’re worried about whether pandas have enough to munch on, fear not! Our bamboo blend comes from Moso bamboo, a variety that our furry friends don’t eat, and is harvested far from the Giant Pandas natural habitats).
Let’s dive into some of the qualities that make bamboo rayon such a soft and sustainable superstar!