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What is the difference between cotton and polyester?

What is the difference between cotton and polyester?

Polyester or cotton: that is a choice that is often given to you when choosing new bedlinen or towels. However, how are you supposed to know which one to go for? Which one is better?


Polyester is a man-made fabric. It is heavier and denser than cotton, which does tend to make it more durable. This sounds ideal for bedding and towels, but it’s not so great for the environment. It is almost impossible to break down in a landfill, so it will be around literally forever. It also takes more manpower and chemicals to produce, making it pretty poor in terms of eco-credentials.


Cotton is a natural product that grows on plants. When it comes to bedding and clothing, it is the option that most people would go for. It is, by its nature, breathable, which allows air to move through it. This allows sweat to evaporate faster, leading to a more comfortable night’s sleep. Another benefit of cotton is that it is hypoallergenic, so almost everyone can wear it or sleep in it without the fear of having an allergic reaction. It is also one of the easiest fabrics to care for. It can be popped into the washing machine on a regular cycle.

At Bed & Bath Emporium, we only use 100% natural Pima cotton for our bed linen. No artificial chemicals and processes involved in our sheets and covers - just good quality, natural materials that are easy to care for and are comfortable to sleep in.