Advantages and Disadvantages of Bamboo Fabric

Bamboo fabric is becoming more popular for all kinds of uses. It works especially well for clothing and bedding. For those who prefer a healthier option, Bamboo may be the perfect choice. The following is a list of advantages and disadvantages of bamboo fabric that can help you decide if it is something you want to try.


  • Bamboo growth is incredibly sustainable. Bamboo grows very quickly and is mature and ready to harvest after about 4 years of growth. It does not need to be replanted because it sends up new growth from its vast root system. It also converts a high volume of carbon dioxide into oxygen.
  • Bamboo is easily organically grown. It usually requires no pesticides and fertilizers. It is also drought tolerant so it does not use massive of amounts of water for irrigation.
  •  Bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial. It is also hypoallergenic. Many people who experience sensitivities to other fabrics can use bamboo without a problem.
  • Bamboo is also naturally wicking. It helps to regulate your body temperature by pulling moisture away from your skin. When you are sweating bamboo will not cling to you the way other fabrics will. In warmer climates it helps you to keep cooler while sleeping.
  • Bamboo is compostable. Bamboo is made from all natural plant materials so when your product is worn beyond use you can compost it and grow something new. Bamboo fabrics never have to end up in a landfill.
  • The material is soft. Some even equate its luxurious feel to silk.


  • The plant is invasive. When grown outside of its native habitat it can easily take over and outcompete native species
  • Bamboo tends to shrink more than all cotton fabrics, therefore special laundering may be required.
  • Bamboo fabric also wrinkles more than other fabrics. Depending on what the fabric is being used for, bamboo may not be the ideal choice.

For many, the benefits of bamboo outweigh the disadvantages. Consider trying bamboo sheets if you are looking for a material that is soft, smooth and will keep you cool and dry during the night.


Photo “Bamboo Grove, Wajima May 25 2006 037a” courtesy of Adam Kahtava

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