bedloves | about our organic bamboo
Our bamboo collection is 100% Certified Organic Bamboo Fibre. It is grown organically and manufactured sustainably.
A sustainable crop
Bamboo is considered a wonderful natural resource in the home and textile industry (and is used in traditional crafts, fencing, construction, for food, musical instruments and can be a source of income for rural communities, but we are just talking about sheets here).
Bamboo is a plentiful, sustainable resource that grows quickly. Bamboo is a giant grass that grows as a "culm" (or plant) and new shoots grow from the mature plant each year. New shoots can reach full height in 60 to 90 days. In contrast cotton takes about 145 days to grow from seed on an annual basis. The fibre yield from an acre of bamboo is about 45 times that of cotton.
Bamboo uses fewer resources in its growth. It has no natural pests, meaning no pesticides are required in its farming. A bamboo plant can grow up to 30 metres tall, and can release 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than the equivalent sized trees. Bamboo also only requires only one third of the water cotton does when farmed.
The bamboo we use in our bedsheets is sourced from suppliers with OCIA International Organic Certification and ECOCERT Certificate of Organic Operation, confirming crops are organically grown, which we are very pleased with.
Pride in our production
Production is completed by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certificate certified factories. They use a lower amount of chemicals in production, decreasing your exposure to many of the toxic chemicals used in the textile industry.
Free from harmful chemicals and irritants the production method results in fabric gentle on sensitive skin including acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
The Bamboo fibre is round and long, which means less sharp spurs to irritate sensitive skin, like hemp and wool have.
Longer strands of fibre also improves the silky feeling, increases the strength of the fibre and should reduce the chance of piling. These long strands are exactly what helps with keeping your hair tangle free with bamboo pillows.
Bamboo produces an antibacterial property called 'bamboo-kun". This anti-bacteria agent is what gives the material its anti-bacterial and deodorising properties. The Japan Textile Inspection Association found in tests that the antibacterial properties of the fabric remain even after 50 washes.
Our sheets are a plain weave, or technically its called "twill". Sheets are 300 Thread Count, the equivalent of quoting 1000 thread count in cotton sheets.
Finally the fabric of our sheets have been certified by CSIRO that they are, in fact, made from 100% bamboo.
How do I care for organic bamboo fabric?
Bamboo bed sets are not considered 'delicate'. However, the soft and silky, heavenly element of bamboo sheets may be affected by washing or drying your sheets in high temperatures, with chemicals, or with other, tougher fabrics.
We recommend gentle machine washing in cold to cool temperatures (up to 40 degrees), by themselves. The heat, or abrasiveness of washing the sheets with harder fabrics may cause piling.
Do not use bleach, optical brightners or fabric softener (to retain their silky feel). Napisan or a small amount of vinegar in the wash is suitable. It is best for your textiles and the environment to use an environmentally friendly powder or liquid for any washing.
Line drying is best, but you can tumble dry on cool settings. Use a cool iron. Dry cleanable.