Thanks for Annie Walton Doyle wrote this article about bedsheets material. The article gave us very clear introduction for the 2 different material and made a thorogh explanation about bamboo and tencel fibers. The origional link is: https://sleepopolis.com/blog/bamboo-vs-tencel-sheets/
This also applies when camparing the bamboo waterproof mattress prtoector and tencel mattress protector.
When it comes to buying mattress protectors, the options have expanded far beyond just cotton and polyester. While cotton still a firm favorite and solid choice and the polyester is more cost-friendly, there are new mattress protector materials attempting to challenge its crown. Two such options are bamboo and Tencel.
There are many similarities between the two fabrics, from raw materials, to production processes, to their final properties. Making a decision between the two is trickier than ever! Here is a comprehensive guide comparing bamboo and Tencel in order to help aid your decision.
What Is Bamboo?
Bamboo is botanically categorized as a grass rather than a tree, although the fibers of the plant are more conventionally wood-like.
The plant is turned into fabric in two ways – mechanically or chemically. The mechanical method crushes the bamboo manually into a mush, then uses natural enzyme to further break it down. The fibers are then combed out and spun. Mechanically treated bamboo is sometimes called bamboo linen.
Chemical treatment of bamboo begins by “cooking” the bamboo in caustic soda or lye in a multi-step process. It’s quicker, but has more environmental impact thanks to the harsh chemicals used. Bamboo produced through chemical treatment is sometimes called bamboo rayon.( which is more oftenly used in producing bamboo fabrics)
What Is Tencel?
Tencel is also created from wood pulp – typically from eucalyptus trees. What makes it unique as a material is its manufacture process.
It’s made of regenerated fibers, which means it’s made by dissolving the cellulose fibers of a plant with chemicals, then making them into more easily woven fibers again. Tencel production uses environmentally friendly and non-toxic solvents, making its production particularly “green.”
Another environmental boon of Tencel is what it calls the “closed loop process.” This means that almost all of the solvents used in the production are recovered and don’t leak into the environment.
Benefits Of Bamboo
One huge benefit of bamboo mattress protector is their environmental soundness. Bamboo is one of earth’s fully sustainable wood sources – it can grow up to a yard per day. When the bamboo is harvested the roots of the plant are not destroyed, so it can continue to grow. Plus, bamboo is one of the fasted growing woods in the world.
Bamboo mattress cover also have many benefits in terms of comfort. They have an extremely soft and smooth feel, thanks to their makeup of longer fibers. They “wick” moisture away from the body, meaning you won’t feel sweaty or clammy. Bamboo mattress cover are very breathable, too. They don’t trap heat close to the body, which is great both from bed sharers and for those who live in warm, humid climates.
Bamboo mattress protector wash well at low temperature and don’t require fabric softener or any special washing care. They also dry very quickly, making the ideal for those in smaller apartments without a washer-dryer. When looked after properly bamboo sheets are very durable, and can last a long time.
There are also some health-related benefits to bamboo sheets. They’re both antifungal and antibacterial. They’re generally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. Bamboo fabric are also much less prone to mold, mildew and odor than traditional cotton.
Benefits Of Tencel
Tencel is one of the best environmental choices when it comes to mattress protector. Not only are the eucalyptus trees it’s made from a (generally) sustainable energy source, but the production process both avoids use of dangerous chemicals, and stops the solvent they use leaking into the environment.
Tencel mattress protector also have a very smooth and soft feel. This is because it using long fibers and thus has a smoother surface. This is not only comfortable, but may be really beneficial to those with sensitive or easily-irritated skin. These fibers are hydrophilic, which means they literally “love water,” so Tencel is very absorbent and hygienic.
There are also benefits to Tencel in terms of breathability. It’s ideal for warm sleepers, and actually has a cool feel to the touch. It takes dye well, and is less prone to wrinkling. Tencel tends to have a lustrous and less matte look.
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