Eucalyptus Bedding VS Cotton VS Bamboo
We hear a lot about cotton bedding sheets, cotton towels, cotton underwear, and plenty of other products that are made with this fabric. After all, cotton is so popular that our world annually produces 25 million tonnes of it. What we don’t hear often enough about is the impact that this popularity has on the environment.
The environmental impact of cotton
Everything from land to water and air is affected by the highly intensive production of cotton. A process that could be limited by choosing eco-friendly alternatives such as Eucalyptus instead, which requires way fewer resources to be produced. Here’s how unsustainable cotton is in comparison:
Producing each kilogram of cotton requires 20,000 liters of water - Eucalyptus sheets only require up to 155 gallons of water per pound. Meaning that this switch could save 1035 days of drinking water.
Cotton’s production makes up 11% of pesticide use and 16% of insecticide use at a global level - The production of Eucalyptus requires no pesticide as they are naturally insect repellent. By choosing Eucalyptus, you save 352sq ft of land farmed without pesticides.
Cotton takes up 2.5% of the world’s arable land - Since Eucalyptus grows so fast, it occupies significantly less land.
Cotton takes its time to biodegrade - In comparison, Eucalyptus bedding biodegrades twice faster and can often be recycled instead of thrown away.
One set of cotton sheets requires 27 KwH of energy - Eucalyptus can beat that as well, needing about 30% less energy and ultimately avoiding 31 miles of carbon emissions in its production process.
Is Bamboo the solution?
For those who have become aware of the unsustainability of cotton before, bamboo was hailed as the perfect solution to save the environment. However, is your bamboo bedding really made of bamboo?
The process of making bamboo sheets is so intensive that the result ends up stripping all benefits of the original bamboo material. The initial process is more sustainable than cotton but when it comes to the chemical process, we’re back to the same issue again.
Producing bamboo bedding requires 12 chemicals that are toxic to the environment which alter the benefits of bamboo and are impossible to recycle after use. That’s compared to the zero chemicals used to make Eucalyptus products, which only require an organic solvent of which 99% of it is recycled to be used again in production.
Try Eucalyptus Bedding
Eucalyptus bedding is made from eucalyptus wood pulp, in a process where the pulp is dissolved and pushed through spinnerets to create lyocell fibers which are then woven into this sustainable fabric.
What makes it so sustainable? Compared to resource-intensive fabrics like cotton or bamboo, eucalyptus trees grow quickly and require no pesticides. The manufacturing process is especially eco-friendly as it uses less than half the amount of water as other fabrics and requires no toxic chemicals. Even the dissolving agent used to turn the fibers into a fabric is then re-used for the production of more fabric, limiting the amount of waste. Plus, its breathability means that anyone using it will have to wash this fabric less frequently, saving more water.
How is it moisture-wicking? Lyocell is quite absorbent, to the point where some companies even use this type of fabric to create sportswear. The advantage of using it for bedding is that hot sleepers will be able to enjoy a great sleeping experience free from heavy sweat.
What does it feel like? Eucalyptus bedding is incredibly soft, with a silk-like feeling at a more affordable price than silk (and more sustainable). This, combined with its moisture absorption, makes it great for even the most sensitive of skins.
How long does it last? The higher price of products made from eucalyptus is justified by their long-lasting quality. The lyocell fibers are smooth & elastic and resist any wrinkles while also keeping clean for longer, meaning that products made with them will not be damaged by frequent washing or get ruined by regular use.
Are there any cons? The fabric in itself is a fantastic alternative to other more popular fabrics, but as with everything that gains traction, its source is what makes the difference between a sustainable product and one that does more harm. As more companies pick up on the benefits of eucalyptus fabric, transparency becomes more and more important. The way that lyocell is sourced or manufactured sets the difference between how green a product made with it actually is. Besides that, the price might be out of reach for some, but in a matter of ‘quality over quantity’, eucalyptus bedding is a justified investment for better sleep with a durable product.
What you didn’t know about lyocell bedding vs cotton bedding
Their difference can particularly be noticed when compared to cheaper quality cotton bedding. The more you use it, the more you have to deal with ugly and uncomfortable pilling on the surface, something that’s prevented by the superior quality of bedding made from eucalyptus. Another thing that hugely sets them apart is the feeling - if lyocell feels instantly soft from your first use, cotton will be crisp at the beginning and then only get softer with time and multiple washes.
Why are bamboo sheets not as good as lyocell bedding?
While bamboo might already be a better option than cotton, there is one thing that bedding made from Eucalyptus especially wins over: wrinkling resistance. The softness and suppleness of the bamboo fabric make it particularly prone to wrinkling, something that you’ll never have to worry about with lyocell.
Not only Eucalyptus wins over cotton and bamboo for its eco-friendly production, it also offers many more benefits that beat its competitors:
70% more moisture-wicking than cotton - perfect for both hot and cold sleepers;
The least wrinkling prone fabric - especially compared to bamboo;
Ultra-soft fabric - get a silky feeling without the cost of real silk;
Better longevity - enjoy its benefits for longer than even the highest quality bamboo or cotton bedding.
For an alternative that gives you a worry-free sleeping experience with its 100% antibacterial natural fabric, the eco-friendly bedding made from Eucalyptus is unbeatable. Do something good for the environment without sacrificing your comfort, check out our Eucalyptus bedding at NATUREST today and make the switch.