We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping and that is why the choice of material we put on our beds plays an important role in our health. In the past few years, bamboo fabric has become a very popular choice among eco-friendly individuals. More and more people are starting to notice the benefits of using bamboo-based products, especially bedroom items made from bamboo fabric. Bamboo sheets, blankets, quilt covers, pillows and especially bamboo pillow cases seem to be no-brainers when it comes to sustainable and durable bedroom goodies.
Choose the Right Pillow Case
Most people don’t pay much attention to their pillowcases. However, they are very important bed linen elements that come in touch with your face and hair through the night. Bamboo fabric that is used for pillowcases is eco-friendly and a sustainable choice that will surely satisfy the taste of eco-lovers.
Benefits of Bamboo Pillowcases
If your pillow is not breathable enough, it can affect your sleep quality and make you toss and turn all night long. The breathability of bamboo pillow cases allows them to maintain an adequate temperature that means your pillow will be cool enough during warmer days and prevent you from freezing when it’s cold. Since bamboo pillow cases are made of a highly breathable textile, they have natural properties against allergies and dust mites.
A ferment called “bamboo kun” is an antimicrobial agent that’s found in bamboo fabric. It prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria which results in a decrease of odour and helps pillowcases stay fresh for longer. People with acne or sensitive skin can benefit from its antibacterial function as it prevents pathogenic microflora from growing on the skin. Those with asthma and other breathing difficulties can also benefit from using bamboo pillowcases as bamboo produces fewer allergens and is antibacterial, perfect for the Australian climate.
However, people with allergies and skin irritations often think that the problem is in their pillow and not the pillowcase which may not be entirely true. It is well known that high-quality pillows, especially ones with a bamboo filling can alleviate allergies, but using regular pillowcases for bamboo pillows may not deliver the best results. That being said, bamboo pillows may be a better option than cotton pillows, however, dressing them in a bamboo pillow case can further reinforce these benefits.
Bamboo pillowcases have a soft, smooth texture that’s ideal for reducing frizziness. Unlike cotton pillowcases, which can create too much friction on the hair, rough up the cuticle and leave you with a “bedhead” in the morning, bamboo pillowcases allow your hair to glide over the surface without friction. These pillowcases are bliss for all hair types. If your hair is damaged, curly or textured, give bamboo pillowcases a try. They do not absorb the moisture from your hair while you are sleeping which is the key for having healthy and strong hair.
Bamboo Sheets and Clothes
Not only bamboo pillowcases have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, but bamboo sheets too. They come with an abundance of health benefits that will also improve the quality of your sleep.
Bamboo plant has an incredibly rapid growth speed and ability to self-replenish, which means that doesn’t require any chemical pesticides or fertilisers. Furthermore, bamboo sheets are manufactured without the intervention of any harsh chemical processes. Bamboo sheets have antibacterial properties and protect you and your bed from unwanted bacteria.
Organic bamboo sheets are naturally smoother with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin. They are extremely gentle on all skin types and are known for soothing sensitive, allergy-ridden and reactive skin. Moreover, they have thermo-regulating properties which means that your sheets will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Bamboo sheets are moisture-wicking which means they draw the moisture away from your skin making them perfect for those who sweat a lot during the night. They are both, attracted and not attracted to water which means that moisture is pulled away from the skin into the bamboo material where it quickly evaporates, leaving your skin dry.
Bamboo fabric is not only good for bedding items but for clothing too. Bamboo clothing has become very popular and trendy in the past few years, especially among people with sensitive skin. Even though it’s a little bit more expensive than cotton or synthetic materials, it will pay off with its unbeatable durability.
Bamboo pillowcases are incredibly durable, machine washable and look brand new no matter how many times you have washed them. Make sure you don’t wash bamboo in hot water because they may shrink. When using a detergent, it is advisable that you use gentle washing liquids or powders that guarantee to be kind to your fabric. Look for natural ones that don’t contain brighteners and bleach that may stain your pillowcases. Moreover, use a gentle cycle and do not mix them with any abrasive fabrics while washing.
If you lead a busy life and you rely on your tumble drier, dry your pillowcases on a cool and delicate cycle. If you want to iron them, as long as you iron on a cool setting you will be fine. Occasionally, you might see some pilling on your pillowcases, sheets or towels, but don’t worry, for bamboo as a natural fibre it is normal. During the washing and drying process, the pilling will naturally shed and it will be removed after 5-6 washes.