Bamboo is a remarkable and highly versatile natural resource which has gained considerable popularity over recent years.

For centuries, parts of Asia have used bamboo in a wide range of different uses, such as cooking, transport, clothing. textiles and medicine. Only now has the Western world caught up, discovering the wide range of benefits bamboo can have in the home, not to mention providing an eco-friendly solution to so many of our modern requirements.

What’s more, bamboo is highly sustainable. It’s biodegradable and decomposes like other organic plant matter, and doesn’t release harmful gases into the environment, making it an eco-friendly and environmentally friendly alternatively to cotton.

Co-founder of Mulberry Threads, Kira Sterling, provides five benefits of how we can achieve cleaner living by using bamboo textiles in our homes.

Thermo-regulating

Bamboo bed sheets keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Micro-sized holes of the bamboo fibre allows the fabric to breathe and regulate body temperature. These holes assist with insulation by keeping warm air between the body and the blanket.

Kind to sensitive skin

Bamboo is gentler than many manmade fibres, and will not irritate the skin. The naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the bamboo are perfect for those with sensitivities, and is a natural solution for those predisposed to skin irritations.

‘Clean’ living

Antibacterial textiles are made from bamboo fibres that are naturally resistant to bacteria, repels dust mites, mould and mildew and allows for greater air flow.

Repels bad odour

“Bamboo kun” is a naturally occurring substance that is odour-resistant and allows for greater air flow, which in turn helps to repel body odour.

Highly absorbent

Bamboo is an extremely resilient and durable fibre. When compared to cotton and polyester, it has stronger wicking properties and moisture absorption – approximately 60% greater absorption than cotton.

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