October 1, 2021
The big names in bedding? We’ve heard them all before – luxurious, indulgent silk with its hefty price tag, stiff and scratchy polyester if the budget is a leetle bit tighter, durable microfiber, and oh so many types of cotton, ranging from the most common and affordable (Upland Cotton) to the world-famous, super-soft Egyptian Cotton.
But have you met the new kid on the block? Breathable, durable, naturally hypoallergenic, moisture-absorbing, antibacterial, sustainable... we could go on and on. The newest trend in luxurious linens is none other than bamboo bed sheets – yes, really! So how do those smooth but tough, woody stalks, the beloved tasty treat of giant pandas, gorillas, chimpanzees and even elephants, become the softest, cleanest, best performing natural fiber sheets? Let us break it down for you.
One of the main reasons for the rising popularity of bamboo sheets, fitted sheet, blankets, pillowcases, and duvet covers is bamboo’s sustainability factor, an increasingly significant element when it comes to product manufacturing in the modern world. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, in part thanks to the fact that it belongs to the grass family. Because of this, its chutes can easily grow back after they’ve been cut down as a strong, widespread root network remains in the ground. The fact that this plant essentially regenerates itself is a huge advantage when it comes to mass harvesting and production. Bamboo Bedding Fabric is considered on of the 7 Bedding Fabrics to Consider for Improving your Sleep.
Bamboo also has the benefit of growing quickly without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, as the species has a natural resistance to pests and fungi. Furthermore, to add to its eco-friendly qualities, experts claim that bamboo absorbs approximately 5 times more carbon emissions from the atmosphere than the average tree, generates large amounts of oxygen as it grows and requires very little irrigation when compared to other material plants such as cotton. All of these factors come together to make bamboo one of the greenest, most environmentally friendly materials accessible today.
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So, what exactly is the process of turning this tough, sturdy, woody plant into game-changing, silky soft bed sheets? There are two main types of methods to create bamboo linen: mechanical and chemical.
The mechanical method involves using machinery to crush the woody part of the bamboo stalk along with its leaves, before breaking this crushed material down using natural enzymes, in a process known as “retting”. The long, strong, flexible fibers that remain are subsequently stretched, combed out, and spun into a yarn.
On the other hand, after chopping or shredding the harvested bamboo stalks, the chemical method uses solvents instead of machinery to break the plant down into viscose form, for subsequent pressing into threads which can then be used to form bed sheets!
Now that we've understood the basics of the fascinating process behind turning solid, durable bamboo into soft, luxurious bedding, it’s time to explore some of the most important Pros and Cons of this material, and determine how it could revolutionize your sleeping experience.
So, what do we have in store for all the newly converted bamboo bedding fans? Here’s everything you need to know about the Sunday Citizen Premium Bamboo Collection – the ultimate bedtime upgrade:
- Each Premium Bamboo item is made out of 100% Bamboo, guaranteed.
- There are a gorgeous variety of colors available, including some extra special newcomers! Choose from pale blue “Denim”, mint-neutral “Sage”, pastel rose “Blush”, creamy “Buttermilk”, classic “White”, light grey “Moon”, or moody “Coal” – there’s something for every style and every mood.
- The entire collection is machine washable for your convenience. Remember to keep your water temperature cold and avoid fabric softeners or harsh bleach, to give your bamboo sheets that gentle treatment - after all, they deserve it (and so do you)!
- Select Queen or King-sized sheets and covers for all your bedding needs.
- Is that tumble dryer we hear? No need to hang or drape your sheets over various household surfaces to air dry for days. Simply tumble dry using your machine’s lowest setting, remove and lay flat quickly afterwards for a smooth, crease-free look.
And for those who prefer a little hybrid action – check out the Snug Comforter, made with 100% naturally thermoregulating and antimicrobial bamboo fabric on one side, and impossibly snug microfiber on the other. This deliciously soft snug comforter, available in twelve stunning colors, is guaranteed to elevate your bedroom décor and can be easily placed onto your favorite Queen, King, Full or Twin sized bed.
We’ve always got your back when it comes to the most innovative, sustainable, environmentally friendly and, most importantly, dreamily soft bedding! You can thank us later. For now, sleep tight, bamboo lovers!