Bamboo Sheets Have Revolutionized Bedding!
When BedVoyage launched in 2008, there were only 2 other bamboo bedding companies in the U.S. market, and they focused on the commercial market; mainly supplying linens to hospitality and wholesaling them to brick and mortar, but not selling to the public. Our goal was to offer an alternative to formaldehyde-coated cotton linens, and give consumers a more natural and comfortable sleep experience. Bamboo sheets offer so many sleep benefits that cotton does not, that its truly a revolution in bedding!
Why is Bamboo Better than Cotton for Sleeping?
Cotton has been the mainstay in bedding for many hundreds of years, some new weaves and finishes have been introduced, but basically cotton was your only option, besides some expensive silks and flax linens, but both are expensive and not easy-care. Bamboo has been used for centuries in countless ways: rebar and scaffolding in construction, the making of furniture, hardwood floors and cutting boards, and considerable usage as food, such as bamboo shoots for cooking. Making fabrics out of bamboo is a newer endeavor, and you may have heard of bamboo socks or bamboo golf shirts, and the reason these were some of the first bamboo clothing articles to market is because of the wicking and odor-resistant properties of bamboo. Bamboo socks are great for people that suffer from sweaty feet, because bamboo wicks, then evaporates moisture 3 times faster than cotton, and its naturally resistant to bacteria and odors. For these EXACT reasons, bamboo sheets are the most incredibly perfect fabric for sleeping, and we haven't even discussed the softness yet! Here's a blog about the buzz on bamboo sheets, to learn more.
Bamboo fibers are made from the stalk of the bamboo plant, which is pulverized and then the pulp is spun through a Spinneret which spins out super fine, round and smooth fibers, similar to a hair on your head. If you were to look at a bamboo fiber and a cotton fiber under a microscope; the bamboo fiber would look like a smooth tubular thread, and the cotton fiber would look like a rough hemp rope. This is the reason that the hand-feel of bamboo sheets is simply indescribable. People literally are shocked when they feel the difference between a bamboo sheet and a cotton sheet, and once you've slept on bamboo you are forever converted away from cotton!
Are Bamboo Sheets Warmer Than Cotton Sheets?
Another natural attribute of bamboo fibers is that they have micro-gaps and holes in the fibers that allow heat to escape, which makes them a naturally cooling fiber. When woven together into a fabric, they create the perfect textile for bedding because the are super comforting and soft, they allow heat to escape to keep you cooler while sleeping, and they are hypoallergenic due to the non-abrasive structure of the fibers. Sleep is one of the most important and healing things we do each night, and GOOD sleep is a critical component in experiencing the difference between tiredly dragging through your day, and feeling awake and refreshed and ready to take on the day with a great attitude. Many sleep studies have been done, documenting that not getting good sleep leads to many health issues, so tossing and turning at night on bad sheets can lead to more serious issues that simply being tired.
You know that feeling of getting into icy-cold cotton sheets on a cold winter night? BRRRRR! Its something you don't look forward to, you have to wear pajamas to keep those cold sheets away from your body, the sheets take time to warm up before you can finally relax. Not exactly a peaceful way of starting your nightly bedtime ritual. Bamboo, in contrast, is room-temperature so when you get into bed you feel immediately comfortable and within moments you are warm and cozy and relaxed. Unlike cotton when you feel that tense bracing of cold, laying still waiting for the bed to warm up, afraid to move your leg or arm because you'll lose that body heat you are trying to generate! Bamboo solves those problems for you, allowing you to quickly relax and doze off into a comforted slumber. We have had countless comments that you can't help but make snow angels when you get into bed because the fabric is so incredibly soft, you just want to glide your legs and arms across the silky-softness. Many people tell us they make sounds of pleasure, like 'aaahhhhhh' and little snorts of glee, while they snuggle into the bedding!
Redfin recently posted a blog in which BedVoyage contributed, offering advice from bedding manufacturers on how to make your bed into a sleep haven, and bamboo sheets came up as most often recommended. Check out their blog and you'll see that bamboo bedding makes for a cooler and more comfortable sleep!
a 'Smart Fabric' is what we at BedVoyage call bamboo bedding. The fibers have temperature-regulating properties, and can sense when you are overheating and then will release that heat through those micro-gaps and holes, keeping you cooler. But it also knows when you are cold and will keep your heat in around you, so that you stay warmer. For this reason, two people that sleep very differently with one being cold and the other being hot, can finally be comforted by the same sheets! Cold sleepers want jersey knits and flannels, and hot sleepers want cooling sheets, they both struggle with one wanting the fan on or window open, and the other wanting the heat on and the door closed tight! But with bamboo sheets, both people can sleep comfortably throughout the night, and no longer struggle with compromises that leave one of the other not at the temperature they need.
Why Would You Want to Sleep on Bedding that has Formaldehyde In It?
Formaldehyde is what the cotton industry uses to make cottons wrinkle-resistant. Formaldehyde is a 'stiffener' which you might recall from high school chemistry class. Unfortunately, the use of formaldehyde and other chemicals doesn’t have to be disclosed anywhere on the product label. The scary truth is that the government doesn’t regulate formaldehyde levels in bedding. There’s no requirement to disclose to the consumer when formaldehyde is used. The use of, and exposure to formaldehyde produces a laundry list of possible health hazards including watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat — coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation. In 2011, the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. BedVoyage bedding is not coated with formaldehyde, nor flame-retardant chemicals, we want your sleep to be safe and healthy, so we have chosen to not use those toxic chemicals, a little wrinkle never hurt anyone, but toxins do!
When you sleep, your pores open up and whatever is in your bedding is absorbed into your skin. This means things like fabric softeners, dryer sheets, bleach, and formaldehyde. Likewise, breathing those things are not good for you either, and people that suffer from asthma, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and allergies can be exacerbating their symptoms and don't even realize that their bedding is causing them issues. Babies with brand new immune systems should not be sleeping on toxins, so we have designed a whole line called Panda Baby in which you can feel better knowing your baby is sleeping on eco-friendly and comforting bamboo crib sheets. Making the switch from cotton to bamboo is a smart and healthy choice for your entire family.
Bamboo Bedding Stays Fresher Longer
Some natural benefits of bamboo bedding are that the fibers resist bacteria and odors, so your bed sheets will stay fresh longer. Bamboo fibers have a property called 'bamboo zhu-kun' which means 'naturally pest repellent'. This means that bacteria, which causes odors, do not grow on bamboo fibers. You may change your bed weekly, or you may have a teenager that you're lucky if they change their bed every two months! But you can rest assured, no pun intended, that if you can't get to changing your bed as often as you'd like; your bamboo sheets will not have the funky smell that cotton sheets will, so save some time and sleep on bamboo!
As well, moisture is wicked and evaporated 3 times faster with bamboo fibers, so if you are either a hot sleeper or suffering from hot flashes, waking wet and uncomfortable; bamboo sheets will be a sleep-saver because they stay drier than cotton sheets. You perspire, they take that moisture and pull it away from your body, then evaporate it quickly, keeping you from feeling sticky and gross.
Machine-washable, bamboo bedding is an easy-care fabric. Simply wash in warm water with an eco-friendly liquid detergent, then dry on medium. We don't recommend any washer or dryer balls, fabric softeners or dryer sheets, as those items coat the linens and can cause discoloration. If you develop any body oil stain
Bamboo Bedding is all All-Season Bedding
Due to those 'Smart Fabric' properties, its an ideal choice from spring, summer, winter and fall! Year round the linens will be comforting, cooling, warming and soft. No need to switch bedding from summer to winter, simply layer some other BedVoyage linens such as Duvet Covers, Coverlets and Bed Blankets. We like to call if the Summer Bed, when all you need are your sheets, and a bed blanket, which is lightweight and breathable. But for the Winter Bed, you may want to layer your sheets, a Bed Blanket, a Duvet Cover and a Coverlet at the end of the bed, ready to pull up for extra weight or warmth, as needed. We have the whole bedding ensemble, as well as decorative Shams, Euro's, Shamlets and Lumbar Pillow covers to add that touch of elegance and a designer look!
What is Viscose?
Wikipedia states that “Viscose rayon is a fiber made from regenerated wood cellulose.” So when it pertains to bamboo plants, it comes from the cellulose of the plant. Rayon is one of the most popular uses of viscose and is used to make many items, notably: tablecloths, bed linens and slip-covers. Viscose is also used in the making kitchen wrap, the type you use when storing food. Viscose has been used widely for many years, in many applications.
What is Rayon?
Wikipedia states that “Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber’ which means basically the same as the definition of viscose, which is why you will see both words used in the description of bamboo fiber products.
Rayon fibers are considered not natural or artificial. The term ‘regenerated’ refers to the fact that a chemical change does happen in the processing of bamboo. So the reformed or reconstructed bamboo cellulose fiber is called ‘regenerated cellulose.’ The benefits of rayon from Bamboo bedding are many, such as it is naturally hypoallergenic and thermal regulating, incredibly soft, helps you sleep cooler, is moisture wicking and resists odor and bacteria. People that suffer from skin sensitivities or allergies are comforted and soothed by bamboo fibers, as they greatly reduce their symptoms. Bamboo gets softer as you wash it and is an easy-care fabric.
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