Why bamboo as raw material for bedsheets
The process by which bamboo fibres are made
The chemical extraction process to create Bamboo viscose or rayon is detrimental to the environment since it uses harmful chemicals (sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide, zinc sulphate and chlorinated bleach) to breakdown bamboo cellulose and converts it to bamboo fibre; known as viscose or rayon. While this procedure, unlike common misconception, doesn’t leave chemical residue in the bamboo fibres themselves, it does heavily strain the environment by dumping harmful chemicals into landfills.
The process of creating Bamboo lyocell, the more eco-friendly way of producing Bamboo regenerated fibres and Heveya’s choice is, on the other hand, non-hazardous as fewer chemicals are used which are never released into the soil as a by-product. The closed-loop manufacturing process means that the solution used to make bamboo fibres out of the bamboo pulp is 99% recaptured and reused. This type of closed-loop manufacturing process creates lyocell - the most cost-effective and eco-friendly bamboo fibre in the market today and the choice of material for our Heveya Organic Bamboo Lyocell sheets, fully in line with Okooko by European Bedding’s focus of providing its branches with the most natural way to sleep! Our manufacturing partner only used Bamboo from FSC-certified plantations and is WRAP-certified as well, providing an ethical working place for its workers.
The third and less popular process to create fibres from the bamboo pulp is the same as the labour-intensive manufacturing process to create (french) linen sheets. Not only are these sheets not as luxuriously soft as bamboo lyocell, but they also need more care and need to be ironed more frequently compared to the other bamboo sheets variants.
Why 100% lyocell Heveya bedsheets are superior
Bamboo lyocell sheets come with amazing properties that are not found in other bedsheets materials. For starters, bamboo lyocell has a unique silky smooth and soft feathery texture that is similar to silk, but not as shiny or slippery. Against exotic Egyptian cotton and French linen, our Heveya bamboo sheets fare as well, if not better when it comes to softness. The fibres are comparable to Cotton’s 1000 Thread Count at a fraction of the price.
Another great asset to bamboo is that it provides fibres that are naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Heveya bamboo sheets are also Oekotex Class 1 certified, meaning its suitable even for babies. Its amazing breathability makes sure that perspiration evaporates quickly into the air and naturally wicks away moisture, to keep you dry all night. Because of the fact that perspiration and odour don’t stick on the sheets, bacteria doesn’t linger on its surface.
Moreover, Heveya lyocell sheets are breathable and temperature regulating, meaning they’ll cool you down in summer and keep you cosy-warm in winter. Perfect for Hong Kong weather!
A common misconception about Bamboo sheets is that they require a lot of care. Unlike its silk counterparts, bamboo is very easy to take care of. We recommend a cold-wash on a gentle cycle without any bleach or softeners (safer for the planet!). Minimal ironing is required as well since wrinkles phase out after one night’s sleep. What more can you wish for?