This entry was posted on February 8, 2016.
Bamboo has been used in a wide range of products all throughout history. We’ve seen it used in everything from floors and structural elements in construction as well as corsets and clothing. Bamboo sheets were a natural extension of this resource, as developments in textiles and fashions continued to change.
Bamboo sheets are extremely soft, totally hypoallergenic, and naturally wick away moisture to help you sleep more comfortably through the night. So how, exactly, are they made? What goes into this process to ensure a better sleep experience?
The first step in this process starts with the bamboo itself.
Harvesting resources to create various textiles has traditionally been less than an earth-friendly endeavor. However, the way bamboo grows and is harvested has changed a lot of that.
Bamboo crops may be grown on land that is normally unsuitable for forestry and other applications. More importantly, since it is a grass and not a tree, the roots stay in place and, once harvested, the chutes start to grow right after they’ve been harvested (some species even come back stronger when they’ve been cut once).
We can get the best textiles by ensuring we only harvest the best bamboo, which means going with bamboo that is certified 100% natural growth without any chemical pesticides.
(Now, compare that to cotton, which supports 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of the pesticides market.)
Once we have the high-quality, organic source material, we’re ready to take the next step and convert it to bamboo viscose.
What is bamboo viscose, we hear you say. Well, the truth is that it’s a loose term that is mandated by the government to classify the fabric. It’s basically an interchangeable term with “rayon from bamboo.”
However, a lot of people hear the term “rayon” and become a little suspicious, because the process of creating that kind of material is still less than environmentally friendly.
At Cozy Earth, we create our viscose in a newer, safer way. Our process is viscose, but it is a sodium based process rather than one that uses caustic chemicals. We use a patented machine process that shaves down the bamboo into a soft fiber which is then converted to pulp through Enzymatic Hydrolysis. This lets us create the softest fabric that retains the moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic properties of the bamboo.
Once the pulp has gone through this process, it is then dried and used to form the threads used in the sheets.
All you have to do is run your hands across some bamboo sheets to discover how soft and silky the fibers there really are. Each thread is extremely soft and almost have a slightly plush feel. There is one other reason why these sheets have a smoother feel that many other materials, and that’s because the bamboo threads are strong enough that we can stretch them the entire length of the sheets.
What does that mean? It means that some of the fibers that are used in other sheets, like in cotton or synthetics, are shorter strands, and that means those threads may end in the middle of the sheet. This is what contributes to some of the roughness that is associated with them. Bamboo simply doesn’t have that problem.
If you still have more questions about bamboo sheets and what makes them different from more traditional materials, be sure to check out some more of the benefits of our bedding.