DreamFit’s Top Fifteen Benefits of Bamboo
We recently looked at the process the bamboo plant goes through as it goes from grass to a healthy, affordable, and supple fabric.
Thousands of people and industries tout the benefits of this type of fabric, but what are the real benefits of Bamboo? And why are our bamboo sheets consistently one of our most beloved sheet sets?
Both the National Library of Medicine’s “Application of Bamboo Plants in Nine Aspects,” and the popular Organic Clothing website believe there are many, many benefits of bamboo that not only provide a sense of luxury, but comfort, and an environmental sense of responsibility.
We at DreamFit couldn’t agree more. We gathered their choices and used our own years of production experience to put together what we believe are the Top Fifteen Benefits of Bamboo:
- Bamboo fabric has a natural sheen and softness that feels and drapes like silk but is less expensive and more durable.
- Bamboo fabric is easy to launder in a clothes washer and dryer.
- Because of the smooth and round structure of its fibers, bamboo fabric is soft and non-irritating, even to sensitive skin.
- Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
- Bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic.
- Bamboo is highly absorbent and wicks water away from the body 3 to 4 times faster than cotton. In warm, humid and sweaty weather, bamboo clothing helps keep the wearer drier, cooler and more comfortable and doesn’t stick to the skin.
- The structure of bamboo fibers make bamboo fabrics more breathable and thermal regulating than cotton, hemp, wool or synthetic fabrics.
- Bamboo fabric is naturally more wrinkle-resistant than cotton, and while it might still require ironing after washing, bamboo fabric can be ironed at a lower temperature than cotton. Shrinkage during washing and drying is minimal at warm temperatures.
- Bamboo fibers and fabrics absorb dyes faster and more thoroughly.
Bamboo grows rapidly reaching maturity in as little as two years, and it grows naturally without any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.
And as the National Library of Medicine explains, “Bamboos belong to the Poaceae (Gramineae) family, and they are known to be a fast-growing and the tallest species in this family “
- Bamboo fabric (both mechanically and chemically manufactured) is 100% biodegradable and can be completely decomposed in the soil.
- Growing bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil. The extensive root system of bamboo holds soil together, prevents soil erosion, and retains water in the watershed.
- Other plants can benefit from bamboo growth. The National Library of Medicine expands on this benefit: “This amazing plant has unique rapid growth and can play an important role in protecting our planet from pollution and improving the soil. Bamboo can be used as a biofuel, food, and for architecture and construction applications and plays a large role in the local economy by creating job opportunities.”
- Bamboo grows naturally and quickly without the need for agricultural tending and large diesel exhaust-spewing tractors to plant seeds and cultivate the soil. And just as grass grows almost as soon as you finish cutting it, “bamboo regrows after harvesting and after it is mature, bamboo can be harvested every single year for the life of the plant.
- Bamboo plantations reduce greenhouse gasses. Bamboo plants absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide (a primary greenhouse gas) and produce about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Feel free to snuggle up with our Degree 5 Bamboo Sheets or do your own research and see what all the hype is about. We are confident the dreamy and environmentally sustainable results will leave you cool, comfy, and happy with your bamboo fabric purchase!