I’ve been researching Bamboo battings and wanted to share some of my insights.
Did you know that Bamboo can grow 47 inches in 24 hours and 78½ feet high in 40 to 50 days and it absorbs 2/3 more carbon dioxide and releases 2/3 more oxygen than any other plant on earth?
While I knew Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, I didn’t realize that Bamboo is the fastest growing timber plant on earth and requires no fertilizers to grow. Bamboo also regenerates (cut one stalk and two will grow in its place) with a short harvesting cycle. For more insights on Bamboo: http://tinyurl.com/yjzltxh
Fairfield has recently introduced a new line of Bamboo batting, called Fusi-Boo! It is the first fusible batting made with a special blend of natural cotton and rayon fibers made from bamboo. Fusi-Boo has the benefits of Nature-Fil Bamboo batting with a non-toxic, water soluble fusible resin. The benefit is that there is no need to baste your quilt, plus you get the knowledge that your batting is safe for the environment.
I’ve just been able to evaluate “little” samples of this batting. It is very lightweight and scrunches with a nice feel. I’m hoping to be able to quilt a laptop charity quilt with this batting soon, and I’ll share more insights after I’ve been able to actually quilt with this batting, as well as wash a quilt with it. Ultimately, I’m trying to assess all the different Bamboo battings on the market to understand the differences, as well as how Bamboo battings compare to more traditional battings. But I certainly do like the thought that Bamboo battings are “green” friendly!
If you have any experience with Bamboo battings, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to add comments below, or email me.