Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing natural resources on the planet. Its ability to bend and twist with harsh weather conditions without breaking helps bamboo plants survive for up to 20 years. Many attribute bamboo’s fast growth rate—some species grow 3-5 feet per year while others can grow up to 3 feet in just 24 hours—to bamboo’s coordinating cell growth, cell division and cell wall biosynthesis.

The bamboo plant’s root system is another reason it’s so sustainable. Its roots are rhizomatic, meaning they’re efficient at storing and processing nutrients in the soil. Soil quality is improved and soil erosion is prevented by bamboo’s root system. It also helps retain more land water without it draining into rivers or lakes.

Those aren’t the plant’s only benefits either. A grove of bamboo consumes five times the carbon monoxide and releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Bamboo also doesn’t require pesticides to grow, and it offers numerous health benefits, including being a nutritional food source and having anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

And, most interestingly, hard bamboo can be made into outrageously soft fabrics.

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Sheets

Pros and cons exist for every type of sheet. Here’s the good and bad about bamboo sheets:

Pros

•Soft

•Comfortable

•Breathable

•Won't absorb sweat or oils from your body

•Naturally hypoallergenic

•Has natural deodorizing properties

•Durable, yet lightweight

Cons

•Expensive

As you can see, there are many pros to owning bamboo sheets and really only one con. While they’re more expensive than buying traditional cotton bed sheets, it’s only that initial cost. Bamboo sheets offer years of value so, in the end, you save money because you won’t have to replace your sheets as often as you would with cotton bed sheets. And, if you want quality cotton sheets with a high thread count, the costs really don’t differ much, if at all.

Bamboo vs. Cotton Bedding

The age-old question: bamboo or cotton?

Cotton can be found almost anywhere and has a variety of color options to choose from, but that’s about the only leg up it has on bamboo bedding. Cotton doesn’t have the natural health benefits of bamboo; i.e., being naturally hypoallergenic and having natural odor-resistant properties. Bamboo is softer and more breathable than cotton, so you stay cool at night and get a better night’s sleep.

Bamboo also has a more environmentally friendly creation process and requires no pesticides or harmful chemicals to grow, whereas cotton requires pesticides to grow and must be reseeded from season to season.

Whether you’re looking at bamboo pillowcases, bamboo duvets or an entire bamboo bedding set, we hope it’s now clear why you should choose bamboo.