When you think of Bamboo, what probably comes to mind is the unique Bamboo plant with its rigid bamboo shoots (stems), but did you ever think of Bamboo as a soft and luxurious fabric? It may be hard to believe, but Bamboo fabric is often compared to cashmere because is it so soft and smooth. It is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass and has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties:
1) Bamboo fabric which is a blend of bamboo and cotton, is naturally anti-microbial, which helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and bed sheets, causing unpleasant odors.
2) The bamboo plant itself has natural anti-bacterial agents that make it unattractive to pests. Additionally, because it grows in such dense forests, it naturally inhibits weeds, eliminating the need for chemical herbicides.
3) Bamboo fabric is woven from a very renewable resource and is fully bio-degradable.
4) One great quality of Bamboo fabric is that it is cooler than cotton and wicks away moisture up to nine times faster, making it the perfect fabric for people who experience hot flashes or tend to perspire in their sleep.
5) Another great quality of Bamboo, as far as textile production, is that it is one the fastest-growing plants on the planet. Because it can grow 75 feet in 45 to 60 days, this amazing plant can be harvested annually and will then regenerate itself from the roots, replacing the crop naturally without the need for re-planting or crop rotation.
So, if bamboo sheets are really that great, you’re probably wondering why we haven’t heard of them before now. The answer is simply because fabric made from bamboo is a fairly new invention. Although bamboo bedding products have been around prior to 2003 in the United States, there are few U.S. companies actively promoting this wonderful product in the market place.