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Cotton the stable known or Bamboo the trendy unknown

In the recent years, we have heard a lot about bamboo and how it is a miracle eco crop, but can we really believe all the hype?

What is the process of growing and harvesting bamboo?

Bamboo as a crop is very sustainable, as it grows quickly – requires no fertiliser, and can regenerate from its own roots.

However… when harvested and beginning the process of turning it into a fabric… things get a bit shady.

The majority of bamboo is grown in China and there is very limited information about how it is grown, if any land clearing occurs, how it’s farmers are treated and in what conditions they have to work. 

Bamboo doesn’t require pesticides to grow, although it’s not clear as to whether it is incorporated to increase outputs, and exactly what pesticides are being used and in what quantities…

From here is where is turns from shady to downright ugly… the process of turning into a fabric;

The most popular method of turning bamboo into fabric is called ‘bamboo rayon’.

And this involves heavey chemical process, similar to that used when turning wood chips into that cheap scratchy 1980’s t-shirt material rayon.

About 50% of hazardous waste from rayon production cannot be recaptured or re-used by any known means.

So yes, bamboo itself is a highly sustainable crop, it is easily grown and very accessible, but is it the way of a healthier future for our planet?

Here are a couple of questions we ask before sourcing materials for our sheets:

  1. Can we track supply chains – from the grower to the manufacturer?
  2. How is the environment impacted? 
  3. What time of chemicals are being used and can they be repurposed?
  4. Are people’s human rights being upheld from end to end throughout all processes?

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At Shelu we source only 100% organic and fairtrade certified cotton, milled in a factory that is 100% fairtrade certified. Our partnership with Fairtrade Australia, Fairtrade International and Global Textile Standard, allows us to have complete confidence and transparency that everyone involved in our supply chain has been given a fair go and the needs of the environment have been upheld the whole way.

Why we love organic cotton:

  • Reduced environmeental impact.
  • 88% less water used.
  • 62% less enrgy used.
  • Promotes safe work practics and sustainable livelihoods.
  • Fair price for sustainability.
  • It gives YOU the opportunity to make a difference in this world.

Would you like to try before you buy, click  here to order your free sample!


Sleep ethically. Sleep Sustainably. A good night sleep for all.

If you would like a further deep dive into the sustainability of bamboo, check out an article written by Goodonyou, ‘Material Guide, is Bamboo Sustainable’. 


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