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Essential Facts To Know When Buying Bamboo Sheets

Most consumers know that bamboo sheets offer some unique benefits. Bamboo is well-known for its durability, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic qualities. Eco-conscious sleepers love bamboo sheets because they’re made from a sustainable resource.

You’ve probably heard that bamboo fabric is naturally moisture-wicking, which means it has a light, breezy feel that helps to stave off night sweats.

But did you know that not all bamboo sheets offer the same benefits? Yup, there are different types of bamboo sheets out there, and it’s important to know more about them so you can make an informed buying decision.

What are the Different Types of Bamboo Sheets?

When looking for bamboo bed sheets you might notice the label says, 100% viscose made from Bamboo, rayon made from bamboo, or 100% bamboo linen.

Most bamboo sheet sellers use these phrases interchangeably. Unfortunately, when you see labels like 100% viscose made from Bamboo or rayon made from bamboo, this means the sheets you’re buying are made in a way that strips away most of the benefits of bamboo.

That’s why the government requires manufacturers to use these labels to let consumers know that the fiber is rayon or viscose, not bamboo. Let’s inspect the differences between the various types of bamboo sheets and demystify the subject.

How do Bamboo Sheets vary?

Bamboo Rayon or Viscose

Here, the bamboo plant goes through a chemical process that allows the manufacturer to extract and transform it into woven fabric. Some manufacturers use more chemicals than others when manufacturing bamboo rayon fiber. It’s the least eco-friendly option as the chemical waste product is disposed of in ways that harm the environment.

It’s worth mentioning that some bamboo rayon manufacturers use effluent treatment protocols and eschew the use of zinc sulphate and chlorine-containing bleach. This mitigates some of the adverse effects caused by the manufacturing process. But, so long as the sheets are dissolved in a viscose solution, they won’t offer the same benefits of Bamboo Lyocell which preserves much of the plant’s natural qualities.

Bamboo Lyocell

Manufacturers usually label real bamboo sheets as Bamboo Lyocell Sheets. This means they’re manufactured in a way that preserves the fiber’s essential qualities and benefits. You can count on Bamboo Lyocell sheets to be

  • Moisture-wicking
  • Antibacterial
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Thermo-regulating

 

Bamboo Lyocell Process Infographic

The Lyocell process dissolves raw bamboo through a non-toxic solvent. Manufacturers then recycle the solution used because it produces non-hazardous effluent. As a result, Bamboo Lyocell is more durable, eco-friendly and safer than rayon or viscose. HyggeB only provides Bamboo Lyocell sheets. Learn more about Hyggeb sheets here.

Bamboo Linen

Bamboo linen sheets are highly sustainable because they’re manufactured similarly to hemp and flax. The only problem with linen is it’s very demanding. You have to regularly iron linen sheets to keep them smooth.

Pros and Cons of the Different Bamboo Sheets

Bamboo Viscose or Rayon

Pros

  • They have a super soft texture
  • They’re lightweight and breathable

Cons

  • Unfortunately, most bamboo rayon or viscose sheets are manufactured using highly toxic chemicals and sometimes even bleaching agents.
  • They don’t have anti-bacterial properties.
  • They can irritate sensitive skin.

Bamboo Lyocell

Pros

  • Sustainable
  • Resistant to bacteria and odours
  • Releases excess body heat for an all-night comfort
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
  • Helps you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

Cons

  • Bamboo Lyocell sheets are pricier, but you get what you pay. They offer natural benefits to help you sleep better, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your purchase doesn’t negatively affect the environment.

Bamboo Linen

Pros

  • Super breathable
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
  • Helps you sleep cooler

Cons

  • Bamboo linen sheets have stubborn wrinkles. That’s why it’s always recommended to wash them with a gentle cold wash. After that, put them on a low tempo dry heat and pull them out of the dryer as soon as you can so you can lay them straight on your bed. This can help to reduce wrinkles. Otherwise, you may need to iron them every other day.

The Verdict?

Don’t be fooled by labels that say 100% bamboo sheets and think you’re buying the real thing. As you can see, a lot goes into making bamboo sheets, and there are different varieties for you to choose. Some methods are so taxing on the natural materials that they strip away most of the beautiful qualities that bamboo is known for.

Luckily, HyggeB only produces Bamboo Lyocell sheets. Shop here for HyggeB’s unique Bamboo Lyocell selection.

 

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