Bamboo sheets are produced from bamboo grass which is processed to create bamboo rayon textiles. Ok, I’m sure that wasn’t a big surprise but what many people do not know is that although bamboo is an inherently eco friendly fibre option, not all bamboo textiles are produced equal. There are some farmers who choose less sustainable and more environmentally unhealthy agriculture practices when cultivating their bamboo. To help you clarify the greenest bamboo sheets for your bedroom, we have produced this short guide.
Typically, bamboo can be farmed in an incredibly sustainable fact. It doesn’t require pesticides and fertilizers, and almost never requires artificial irrigation, making it a grass that grows with little human intervention. Bamboo is a very different plant, in addition. It can be grown in a variety of environments ranging from very wet to rather dry and from extremely hot to slightly cool. It can also be grown in existing forested areas, contributing to the local ecosystem.
Bamboo offers many advantages to the regions in which it is grown. The roots of the bamboo help to keep up in a place topsoil in place while preventing the destructive impacts of flooding and landslides. It fixes carbon much faster than trees, which method it fights climate change, and it provides habitat for many types of wildlife. It also grows from a root system that doesn’t die when the bamboo is harvested, which method the lifecycle is easy to continue for many decades without replanting.
But some farmers are now using destructive cultivation methods. Some are clear-cutting existing tropical forests to make room for mono-cultured bamboo plantations. This not only destroys local ecosystems and disrupts existing wildlife, it also opens up the ecosystem to soil erosion and, flooding. Additionally, some farmers choose to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers to fend of pests and increase production.
To avoid these environmental hazards, look for greener bamboo bedding with the following eco-qualifications:
Certified organic – This method the farmers will not have used synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Clear-cutting-free – These farms will have been developed without clearing existing forest systems.
Sustainable agriculture – This method the bamboo is grown within a different ecosystem instead of planted in a mono-culture ecosystem.The best way to clarify really green bamboo bedding products is to look for a the following certifications:
Organic Certification – To ensure the wild bamboo was grown in a sustainable manner without the input of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, look for a credible organic seal such as the National Organic Program, the Japan Organic Standard, the Soil Organic Agriculture Standard or the EU Organic Regulation. Any of these organic standards are internationally recognized and highly credible.
OKEO-TEX 100 Certified – To ensure the viscose bamboo was processed and finished in a manner that minimizes environmental impact and produces the healthiest possible rayon based textiles for your bedroom, ensure the bamboo sheets have this certification.
OKEO-TEX 100 certification prohibits the use of the many toxic chemicals commonly used in textile production such as formaldehyde, azo based dyes, organotin compounds and brominated fire retardents to name a few. All of these compound are known or suspected carcinogens so the last thing you want to do is sleep in textiles laced with these toxins.
And finally, ensure the bamboo sheets were produced from Moso bamboo. There are over 1000 species of bamboo. Moso bamboo is one variety that is not eaten by the Panda bear which is a threatened species. By ensuring the bamboo sheets were produced from Moso, you help protect the Panda bear in addition.
If you follow these steps when choosing you bamboo sheets and linens, you will be ensuring maximum protection for both your health and the planet’s health – a win, win situation!