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Egyptian cotton, grown from the plant Gossypium Barbadense, is the world-renowned extra-long staple cotton grown in the Egyptian delta. The moist river deltas of the Nile River allow a perfect growing environment for this extraordionary plant. The natural extra-long staple of Egyptian cotton allows it to be made into a very fine, strong yarn that is softer and much more durable than normal cotton. The extra-long staple Egyptian cotton only accounts for 7% of the total extra-long staple/long staple exports in the world. Futhermore, extra-long staple Egyptain cotton accounts for only 25% of all Egyptian cotton exports in the entire world! Recently, the Egyptian government has stopped offering subsidies to Egyptian cotton farmers, putting the Egyptian cotton textile industry in jeapordy.


The term "bamboo soft sheets" is stretching the globe. While this textile is known as "bamboo," it's actually a fibre called rayon. Viscose rayon from bamboo is the end-result of the processing of bamboo viscose. The inner pith of the bamboo trunk is extracted via a steaming process. This inner pith is then crushed and bamboo cellulose is left. This cellulose is then processed and turned into rayon fibre. This rayon fibre is the super-soft and durable material known as "bamboo bedding." 


Most standard cottons are grown in the Americas. These cottons tend to be long staple or standard staple fibrics. These cottons can make very good blend material products and terry cloth bath linens.


Polyester is a byproduct of oil. The sludge left over after oil refining was processed and turned into polypropylene. This polypropylene is processed again and turned into a fine fibre called olefin fiber (polyester). This olefin fiber is used in many bedding products. Mostly, polyester is used as a fill for comforters, pillows, and mattress pads.


Microfiber is another form of polyester. It was found that the olefine fibres could not be used for a number of textile applications due to it's density. The olefin fiber was refined even further into the super-fine fibre called microfiber. Microfiber is used for many applications across the world, but it's used A LOT in bedding. Microfiber is mainly known for wicking away moisture. This is perfect for sleepers who sweat at night.