It’s time for a confession: I go a bit too far with my thriftiness. An average visit to the grocery store for my family involves coupons, a well-marked pamphlet of “weekly deals” and a large quantity of BOGO purchases. When it's time for a night out, I look for restaurants that give away free food with an email list subscription. I once went to three different restaurants for food on my birthday because each gave away a different “birthday gift” meal. (Put it in the fridge and save it for later!) I’m a savings addict.
But when it comes to my children, I have to splurge just a little. This doesn’t mean that I don’t look for deals (and free stuff!), but when it comes to baby products, you sometimes have to look beyond the price tag. The best value is not necessarily the cheapest product; some products are truly worth the price. Items made from bamboo fiber tend to fall into that category.
If you don’t know already, bamboo fiber is incredibly soft. The material feels as smooth as cashmere. I remember the first time I used a bamboo towel; I had no idea that drying off after a bath could feel so good. In fact, this stuff feels so good that I would probably never buy it under normal circumstances. After all, luxury and frugality rarely mix!
But bamboo fiber isn’t just nice to touch; it’s both eco-friendly and baby-friendly (two terms that matter a lot in my house). Bamboo is so much better for our environment than cotton, and the natural gentleness of the material makes it ideal for infant skin.
A Sustainable Textile
Bamboo re-grows incredibly quickly after being harvested, which makes it surprisingly renewable. In fact, bamboo is so good at re-growing that it’s annoying; people try to rid bamboo from their backyards only to find that even more bamboo grows back. This might be bad for homeowners, but it’s great for eco-friendly textile producers. The quick bamboo regrowth ensures that we aren’t using up a limited resource.
Additionally, bamboo is great for land-usage. And that's good news because land usage is a more important environmental issue than you might currently think. Bamboo is so good at this that some have called for wide-scaled use of bamboo in restoring forests. That's right; this plant is so eco-friendly that we might use it to reverse the environmental damage of deforestation.
To make things even better, Bamboo has been labeled “CO2 Neutral.” One paper even notes that bamboo has a “positive impact on climate change through carbon sequestration.” If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you can’t do much better than using bamboo products.
Put simply, bamboo is environmentally friendly. You can feel good about using bamboo products. Eco-friendly products are far too rare in the marketplace, and high-quality products are even rarer. But bamboo fiber takes care of both of these problems.
Unlike cotton, bamboo fibers are naturally rounded, which means that they need no chemical treatment to be comfortable. The roundness of the fibers is what makes them so smooth. When you feel bamboo cloth, you aren’t dragging your skin over course, irritating spurs. Instead you feel gentleness.
This gentleness is particular important for babies. Infant skin is delicate. Your adult skin can feel the difference between bamboo fiber and cotton; imagine how clear the distinction is for an infant. With bamboo you avoid the abrasive drag of cotton. And that can only be good for your baby’s skin.
We love bamboo fiber. Bamboo fiber products tend to be high quality and gentle. Plus, buying bamboo fiber means you are making an eco-friendly decision. Some products are just worth the extra money.