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Twelve Questions About All Natural Bamboo in Mattress Covers

August 25, 2008
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This post will help you understand the pros and cons of All Natural Bamboo fabric why it has grown in popularity.

  1. Does bamboo fabrics used in a mattress cost more than other all natural fabrics or synthetic materials?
    No, many of the following questions will address the growth and production of bamboo fabric.
  2. Is it true that a chemical process is used to turn the cellulosic fibers of bamboo in to a fabric?
    Yes, we are able to convert plant-based fibers like all natural bamboo into a fabric that can be made into things like mattress ticking, covers, or even clothing. The process is similar to the way rayon is produced and has been around since the mid 1800’s with some current modifications.
  3. Do all natural bamboo fabrics have any negative aspects?
    According to (ENN) The Environmental News Network the answer is yes. The ENN talks about one process called the advanced “closed loop” solvent rotating procedure, which is a spinning process. The claim is that is has less affect on the environment & an economical use of energy & water. This solvent is constantly recycled throughout the production process. Factory emissions from smokestacks into the air and from wastewater are drastically reduced when compared to other synthetic fiber operations. The ENN said that the solvent to digest the bamboo pulp can be toxic, but by taking advantage of this new process the solvent can be reused carefully and not thrown into local water systems. Some benefits of bamboo are that it can be incinerated, recycled, or processed in sewage. One more thing in waste treatment facilities the fiber will typically degrade entirely in just 8 days.
  4. Is bamboo fabric considered an all-natural product?
    No and Yes. The fact is that 99 percent of many of the everyday products we use even the environmentally friendly ones encompass some negative ecological impact. So what it really boils down to is choosing between the lesser of the 2 evils when we buy our products.
  5. Is Bamboo a tree, grass, or a plant?
    Bamboo is a relative of woody recurrent evergreen plant it is in the actuality is in the grass family. Such grass plants have the ability to reproduce outward from the parent plant and ultimately create a cloned colony.
  6. Is Bamboo the fastest-growing plant on Earth?
    The Earth’s fastest-growing plant is Bamboo. The plant has been timed rising skyward up to 47.6 inches (121 cm) in one 24-hour period of time. Bamboo’s growth rate has reached a maximal growth rate exceeding 40 inches (one meter) per hour for short time periods. Environmentally friendly bamboo is a fast growing natural resource that is quickly replenishable and does not strip natural resources.
  7. Is it common for people to experience allergic reactions to bamboo fibers?
    It is uncommon for people to be allergic to bamboo fibers if they are not allergic to other natural fibers like hemp or wool. There are no sharp burs and are naturally smooth with little chemical treatment to irritate when put into contact with human skin. Normally it is not necessary to use pesticides and herbicides in the growth process of bamboo.
  8. Is bamboo fabric comfortable?
    Yes, it is very soft and extremely comfortable for such things as clothing and mattress construction.
  9. Does bamboo fabric wick away moisture?
    Yes, bamboo fabric is extremely absorbent and can absorb up to 3 times its weight in liquid.
  10. Is bamboo fabric breathable?
    Yes, because it’s able to pull moisture away from the skin so affectively bamboo fiber clothing can be comfortably worn to keep you cool.
  11. What brand name mattresses use all natural bamboo fabric covers on their mattresses?
    Symbol Mattress, Englander Mattress, and just about any other mattress manufacturer you can think of. Bamboo is a popular, comfortable and durable fabric. If your favorite mattress manufacturer does not offer bamboo fabric as a choice it probably won’t be long before they do.
  12. Why is using bamboo in a mattress cover is a great idea?
    Because bamboo is a sustainable natural resource and as mentioned above bamboo is a quick growth grass and it makes us less dependant on other natural and synthetic fibers that can be more chemical based from the growth process insecticides and fertilizers right through to the actual fiber production. All natural bamboo is durable, breathable, and comfortable.