Is a bamboo blanket safe
to wrap and clothe little bitty humans? Or are bamboo products too good to be
To answer these questions, we need to investigate where bamboo fabric comes from.
Bamboo as a plant
actually rocks the natural world in several ways!
Bamboo is a very
sustainable type of grass that renews itself quickly. Sources say approximately 1500 species of bamboo exist on the planet. It grows on every continent
except Antarctica and Europe.
The consensus of research on the internet supports the growing of bamboo as extremely eco-friendly. Everyone seems to agree on the following characteristics of bamboo.
Sounds pretty much like the perfect plant!
Now let’s consider the attributes of the yummy soft bamboo baby blankets and clothing we can choose from.
You’ve seen it already. Marketing and advertising make bamboo textiles seem like they qualify for sainthood:
· Silky soft texture
· Lightweight, strong
· Effectively wicks moisture away from skin
· Highly absorbent
· Helps regulate body temperature
· Resists odors
· Sun protective
· Easy to launder (dry cleaning not required)
Obviously, an ultra-soft, lightweight, strong fabric that helps regulate your baby’s body temperature and battles bacteria while protecting her from the sun is the one you want! Add to that, if it wicks moisture away from delicate baby skin, what loving caregiver can resist!
The truth about a bamboo blanket is that all of the above are accurate, at least to some degree, depending on what studies you read. Sounds like bamboo fabrics will keep baby super comfortable and save the world at the same time! A miracle fabric!
So now we all rush out and stock up on bamboo baby blankets, clothing and cloth diapers, right?
Not so fast, Mom, Grandma.
There’s more you need to know.
Bamboo fabric has a dark side.