TENCEL VS BAMBOO FABRIC FOR BABY CLOTHES

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With so many different types of baby products on the market, it can be difficult to know what is best for your little one. When it comes to purchasing clothing, like baby bodysuits, you want to ensure that you provide your baby with the most high-quality fabrics that will keep them comfortable and be gentle against their sensitive skin. Bamboo and Tencel™ are standard fabrics used in baby products. While they may seem similar, there are some differences between the two, the most significant being bamboo baby clothing is not eco-friendly at all.

 

HOW IT'S MADE

Bamboo tree and beechwood trees explaining where the fabrics come from and how ecofriendly they are for babies in Canada, Our Baby space Eco friendly baby sleep wear

 

Although Bamboo is technically a type of grass, its fibres are similar to wood. Bamboo fabric is produced chemically by a quick process of “cooking” the Bamboo. This means it is chemically treated with caustic soda or lye in a multi-step process. Chemically treated Bamboo is sometimes referred to as Bamboo Rayon.

Tencel™ is created from the pulp of Beechwood trees. It has a unique closed-loop manufacturing process in which it is made by dissolving the cellulose fibres of a plant with repurposed chemicals, making them easily woven fibres.

When comparing Bamboo, Tencel, and modal in terms of environmental concerns, softness, moisture-wicking, drying time, and durability, several key factors stand out:

1. Environmental Concerns

Bamboo lyocell is highlighted as a very environmentally friendly option due to the exclusive use of bamboo grass, which is known for being sustainable, economical, and fast-growing. While previously made solely from eucalyptus, Tencel™ now sources various wood types, and Lenzing emphasizes its production process. However, bamboo lyocell presents itself as a more sustainable alternative.

2. Softness

The softness of these materials may vary based on personal preference and manufacturing processes. Bamboo lyocell, Tencel, and modal are generally recognized for their softness, making them comfortable choices for various applications.

3. Moisture-Wicking

Bamboo lyocell and Tencel™ are both materials known for their excellent moisture-wicking properties. Bamboo lyocell, derived from bamboo grass, and Tencel™, previously sourced from eucalyptus and other wood types, excel in moisture absorption and management, making them ideal for activewear and items requiring quick drying.

4. Drying Time

Regarding drying time, Bamboo lyocell and Tencel™ are recognized for their quick-drying capabilities, which is beneficial in garments such as sportswear and towels. The fast-growing nature of bamboo grass used in bamboo lyocell contributes to its efficiency in drying.

5. Durability

Modal, known for its resistance to shrinkage and ability to hold up well to washing, stands out for its durability. While Bamboo lyocell and Tencel™ are also durable, modal may offer slightly better longevity under certain conditions. In summary, Bamboo, Tencel™, and modal have distinct characteristics regarding environmental impact, softness, moisture-wicking abilities, drying time, and durability. These aspects can help individuals make informed choices based on their preferences and needs.

 

ECO-FRIENDLY

Tencel baby clothes fabric process of closed loop system, ecofriendly gender neutral baby clothesContrary to popular belief, Bamboo clothing is not eco-friendly. Although both Bamboo and Tencel™ use a solvent in the dissolution process (turning wood into pulp), the solvent used in the Bamboo chemical process is sodium hydroxide and is classified as corrosive.

This solvent does not remain on the Bamboo fabric, but it is very damaging to the surrounding environment. In comparison, the solvent used in Tencel™ production, NMMO, is not harmful to the environment. Tencel™ uses a closed-looped process in which its solvents are recovered during production and don’t leak into the atmosphere. Bamboo baby clothing is also not a certified free-trade product. Therefore, bamboo factory workers don’t have regulated pay or working conditions.

 

PROS

 

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Bamboo and Tencel™ are relatively soft fabrics, thanks to their long fibers. They both are also great at preventing overheating in the body as they wick moisture away from the body. However, Tencel™ is better suited for sensitive skin as it is softer and gentler than Bamboo, making it ideal for baby products. It also has hydrophilic fibres, meaning Tencel™ is hygienic and absorbent. This is also beneficial for baby products as absorbent fabrics make for an easier cleanup of messes.

 

CONS

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Bamboo and Tencel™ tend to be on the pricey side and fall into the same price range, but for Tencel™, it’s well worth having a good quality product. Bamboo can wrinkle more easily than Tencel™, which some consumers may find frustrating, especially in clothing. One of the downsides of the high absorbency rate of Tencel™ is it is susceptible to mildew; however, this is easily avoidable with proper care.

 

Without a doubt, Tencel™ is the best choice for baby clothing as it is eco-friendly. Although Tencel™  and bamboo have Tencel™ similarities, ultimately,  is more appropriate for sensitive skin and is safe for the environment.

 

 

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