cotton cells (and stretching three times more) bamboo sheets are more ‘akin to human skin’ than sheets made from any other fiber.
The high water content causes bamboo sheets to wrinkle from sleeping and laundering. Naturally soft bamboo cells also form pills - tangled fiber clusters - from laundering, especially over-drying.
Second Skin ingeniously borrows a rare twill weave from apparel. The engineering advantage (twill is used for blue jeans, Dunhill raincoats and other durable fabrics) compensates for bamboo’s natural softness and Second Skin is the least wrinkling and pilling of all pure-bamboo sheets.
Second Skin is Oeko-Tex certified free of 100 chemicals that are considered harmful to adults (Cert. Nbr. on request). The anti-bacterial property of bamboo viscose reportedly eliminates odor-forming microorganisms. Factory laboratory tests of Second Skin show 90% of bacteria killed in 1 hour and 99.7% within 24 hours. (Perfectlinens.com has not yet confirmed these claims.)
Bamboo sheets are not produced from strands of fiber extracted from stalks that would be far too coarse to spin into yarn. Instead, bamboo sheets are made from fibers regenerated in a closed-loop, recycled chemical process that retains most of the original bamboo properties.
“Organic Bamboo,” though frequently claimed, does not exist as chemicals used during regeneration change the fiber's molecular structure. Correctly labeled, bamboo sheets use terms like ‘Bamboo viscose’ or ‘Rayon from bamboo’, which are the exact same fabric.
Second Skin is environmentally friendly as the raw fiber grows without fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides. It absorbs 40% more carbon dioxide than other plants and 5x the rate of most trees. Bamboo viscose colors easily so less dye is needed and Second Skin uses eco-friendly Azo-free long-lasting reactive dyes.