Disclaimer: I was given this product to review, but all views, opinions, and wording are my own.
“As soft as bamboo sheets.”
Never heard that saying before, have you? Well, when bamboo is made into fabric, it is freaking soft. It looks like silk, but it isn’t slippery. It sleeps the same as a high cotton thread count sheet, but it is also antimicrobial and antibacterial. Bamboo sheets wick moisture instead of letting it seep through. When you wash them, they won’t send little scraps of synthetic fabric to our waterways, like polyester or blended fabric sheets do. I believe that if we continue to buy items that stray from the norm, like hemp and bamboo instead of cotton, our collective sustainable efforts will make waves and change the direction of the tide for us to have a better environment worldwide.
- Bamboo grows really fast, thus making it an easily renewable resource (versus cotton, which has to be reseeded each year)
- Growing bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or harmful chemicals to protect it from insects. They just leave it alone and it grows wild in peace.
- Bamboo ecosystems are eco-friendly too! The soil becomes better and its roots are strong enough to stop severe erosion.
- A grove of bamboo consumes five times the carbon monoxide and releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Our Bamboo Sheets from Aloha Soft
Aloha Soft Home offers soft bamboo home furnishings and goods. Sheets, plush blankets, duvets, pillows and pillowcases all made of bamboo are all available in their shop. My first thought when I saw the sheen of the sheets was that they were going to be a silky mess. Silk sheets are slippery and uncomfortable to me. I was quickly proven wrong. These bamboo sheets feel soft and strong at the same time. The available colors are in a moody neutral range, from blues, to greens, to tans and grays. We opted for the graphite color.
The Cost of Sustainable Products
Now let’s talk about the price. Like some things “sustainable,” it’s up there. This specific set would be $199.00. Who would buy sheets that cost that much? Someone who love quality over quantity. I purchased sheets through Amazon a few years back just to put a cheap, quickly shipped pair on our guest bed. I was super pregnant and didn’t feel like browsing stores for inexpensive sheets. Those sheets now belong to my dog, because the quality really sucks. We have used them on our own bed, but they don’t fit well and the feeling of the fabric isn’t the most comfortable. Here’s how I reason with purchasing expensive sustainable items:
- I buy cost effective sustainable items for about 85% of the sustainable things I buy.
- I look for ways to not have to buy new – this is sustainable because reusing and old shirt to make towels or Swiffer sweeper sheets is sustainable on so many levels (reuse, avoiding landfill).
- I space out the expensive sustainable items that I buy, and save for the next in between buying them.
If you save $40 per month for 5 months, you’ll be able to purchase these sheets. Then you can start saving for your next big sustainable purchase, like the fluffy bamboo blanket or a bamboo duvet!
New is typically scary because there isn’t 37 million people backing it yet. What’s even scarier to me, though, is the future we’re heading to with our unsustainable practices. I love bamboo straws, and now I love bamboo sheets. I hope you’ll join me and replace items with bamboo and other sustainable and easily renewable materials, like these Aloha Soft Bamboo Sheets!
xoxo dolls & dudes,