Over the past few years, bamboo pillows and linens have taken over the textile industry. According to Google Trends, bamboo pillows’ popularity has surpassed traditional down pillows. But what’s behind the hype?
Bamboo is actually a tropical grass with an extensive root system. Many species of bamboo can grow two feet or more per day. When it is harvested, the extensive root system naturally replenishes new shoots, unlike other materials that need to be replanted. Bamboo shoots also take in greenhouse gases and emit 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Bamboo is a naturally strong material. In addition to pillows and linens, bamboo is also often used for flooring, furniture, and building structures. Its tensile strength, or ability to withstand stress is 28,000 per square inch. The tensile rate of steel is only 23,000 per square inch. The durable fabric can withstand years of wear, tear, and washing.
Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial, meaning it’s an ideal choice for anyone with allergies or asthma. Bamboo is unique in that it contains a substance called bamboo-kun. This is an antimicrobial agent that gives the plant a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation.
Bamboo fabric absorbs water three to four times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in hot weather. Bamboo fabric also stays two to three degrees cooler in hot temperatures and warmer in cold temperatures. Pillows and linens made out of bamboo keep your customers cooler, drier, warmer and odor free.
Bamboo fabrics have a smooth, sleek texture that looks like Egyptian cotton and drapes like silk. The durable material also does not pill, meaning it lasts a long time and gets softer with age.
Bamboo pillows and linens are a smart choice for customers with allergies, asthma, sensitivities, infants, and anyone looking to improve their quality of sleep. More than just a trend, bamboo textiles are here to stay as a smart, affordable choice for every shopper.