While some of this may be my personal opinion, the facts I am about to give are as real as it gets. It's a counter argument to the Eco-friendliness and durability of bamboo sheets when compared to Egyptian cotton. Nothing more.
Let's get started.
First, bamboo sheets.
Bamboo sheets are nothing more than rayon. The cellulose from bamboo is used, but so is wood pulp, and there is no difference in quality. Both produce very small threads. Small threads tear more easily than longer and thicker threads. You can learn more about the processes involved with bamboo sheets at this link: Luxury of the Pharaohs
This is why sheets start pilling and bamboo just like rayon from wood pulp pills easily in sheets because of the constant grinding of your body weight on the sheets as you sleep. Clothing garments may last 10 or more years when made of rayon because you are not sleeping in them, rolling over and such.
The best set of bamboo sheets you can buy will likely last between 5 and 8 years max, and that's if you are born under a lucky star.
Bamboo needs no fertilizer or pesticides and grown back on it's own after harvest,and in tropical or sub=tropical climates, you can get 3 to 4 harvest per year. That is pretty impressive by any standard. But what about the harm of the chemical processes used to create rayon?
Rayon doesn't have the best Eco or health history when you start digging into its past. In fact, it's quite appalling. Thee is a lot more to this debate about Egyptian cotton vs bamboo sheets. You can read about it at this link: luxuryofthepharaohs.com
But what about Egyptian cotton? How does it hold up when pressured?
From one bale of cotton you can make 249 bed sheets. You fertilize one acre of cotton, then add pesticides and water and you give up one season of growing. But here's the kicker. You could get 30 years or more of service from these sets of sheets compared to 5 years with rayon (also known as bamboo sheets). That's over 125 sets of cotton sheets from one bale of cotton.
How many bales you get per acre depends on where it's grown. In Oklahoma and Texas, you average just over 1 bale (480 lbs is a bale) while the southeast and eastern US average about 2 bales per acre, but Arizona and California average 3 bales per acre.
Pick wisely where it's grown and you can triple your efficiency without increases in fertilizers or pesticides. Water intake may be more pronounced to handle more plants with higher yields, but cotton is not that much of a strain on the Eco system.
This means you will need 6 to 9 times the bamboo, chemicals and shipping for bamboo compared to Egyptian cotton. That's a lot of fuel for shipping bamboo from all over the world to the US at 6 to 9 times that of Egyptian cotton, depending on where the cotton is grown.
I think that people need to think things through before assuming ones statements as true without digging into facts.