Bacteria Resistant Bamboo Sheets and Towels -
Why Are They Healthier For You?
Those that suffer from autoimmune diseases, sensitive skin or have allergic reactions to some fibers will rest easier on bamboo linens as they are not only resistant to bacteria but also hypoallergenic. The Coronavirus outbreak has caused concern among many people that have compromised immune systems so we at BedVoyage wanted to address this issue by discussing what we do and don't use in the creation of our bamboo bed sheets and bamboo towels.
Sleeping in a healthier bedding environment is one way to create safety from germs and bacteria. How you choose the fabric content of your mattress, pillows, sheets, and comforter affects how well you sleep, how safely you sleep, and how healthy you sleep. Likewise, the towels that you use (and often reuse) can be a harbinger of germs, but not so with bamboo linens.
BedVoyage manufactures their Bamboo linens from 100% Viscose Rayon from Bamboo, with the Oeko-Tex Made In Green certification which states that our linens are tested safe for babies. We use Reactive Dyes which are more eco-friendly, color-fast and reduces dye-laden water runoff in the laundry.
Bamboo is Naturally Resistant to Bacteria:
One of the inherent properties of bamboo is that it is resistant to bacteria, and requires no pesticides during growth. The Journal of Textile Institute Study on Antibacterial Properties of Bamboo states after an extensive testing process that "the average number of E. coli colonies that formed after contact with the regenerated bamboo fabric was 56, yet the number that formed on cotton was 164 colonies. This denoted an increase in the number of colonies after contact with cotton (ie; it had no antibacterial effect) and a reduction of 56.6% in the case of regenerated bamboo and viscose rayon fabrics." Bamboo fabrics, the study shows, are less likely to allow bacteria to live and thrive, than cotton fabrics. Sleep safer and rest easy on bamboo bed sheets.
Why Does the Cotton Industry Use Formaldehyde on Bed Sheets?
Another attribute you may appreciate: BedVoyage linens are not coated with formaldehyde, which is what the cotton industry uses to create wrinkle-resistant bedding. We prefer a little wrinkle any day vs sleeping on highly toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, the use of formaldehyde and other chemicals doesn’t have to be disclosed anywhere on the product label. Its a bit scary to learn that the government is not required to regulate formaldehyde levels in bedding, as there’s no mandate to disclose to consumers when formaldehyde is used. From an article by Mom Detective: "Most wrinkle-free or wrinkle resistant sheets are “finished” with a chemical process to keep them from wrinkling. That chemical process generally includes the use of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is predominantly used as an embalming fluid — as a way to preserve something. I have a distinct memory of a formaldehyde smell from high school biology when we used it to preserve frogs. Formaldehyde is also used to make clothing wrinkle-free and stain resistant by either soaking the fabric in formaldehyde or exposing the fabric to formaldehyde gases — then baking the fabric at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This process prevents the fibers in the fabric from wrinkling after being washed."
Bamboo Sheets and Towels are More Eco-Friendly in the Growing, Harvesting and Production than Cotton Sheets and Towels:
HouseholdWonders.com wrote an article describing the difference in cotton vs bamboo fibers, they note in the following paragraphs: "Bamboo viscose is an eco-friendly solution to cotton for a number of reasons. However, it’s important to note that virtually no fabric is eco-friendly to produce, including bamboo viscose. The difference comes down to how much less harmful is producing one fabric over the other, with cotton being a top perpetrator for being the least eco-friendly.
"Unlike bamboo, cotton requires a heavy amount of pesticide and insecticides to grow since it’s always being threatened by damaging weeds, insects, and other pests. This heavy use of harmful chemicals leads directly to chemical runoff into our planet’s waterways, leading to pollution. Bamboo requires zero of these chemicals since it’s naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial."
"Cotton also requires a heavy dose of synthetic fertilizers due to it being in high-demand and having to produce a lot of it in a short period of time. This is just another chemical that’s doused over cotton which is not required when growing bamboo."
"Another unfortunate outcome of cotton over bamboo is that it requires heavy irrigation, which means water is often diverted from one place to another. This not only changes the structural integrity of the soil where the water used to be, but it also takes away a natural resource from another location, like a town or a city. Bamboo doesn’t need as much water as cotton to grow, which is why bamboo viscose is a great alternative to cotton."
Flame Retardant Chemicals are Used in Mattresses, But NOT in our Bedding:
Our linens are also not coated with flame-retardant chemicals, although this toxin is often used in many mattresses and is called Antimony Trioxide. It’s a chemical that is labeled toxic by the EPA and from an article posted by Natural News is noted as ‘commonly sprayed in fabric and fillings in furniture'. Its associated with a 74% increase in thyroid cancer rates in the U.K. during the last 10 years, a study revealed. An analysis of dust samples from the homes of 140 participants showed that people who had high exposure to the flame-retardant BDE-209 were twice more likely to develop thyroid cancer compared with those who had lower exposure. Data also showed that participants exposed to high levels of TCEP had a fourfold increased-odds of developing larger, more aggressive tumors.’
Coronavirus, How to Stay Healthy and Prevent Infection:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- In the event there are more infected people in the U.S. it is recommended: wear N95 face masks, disposable gloves, and eye goggles, as the virus has been proven to pass on through eye mucous membranes.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.