If you've ever covered your post-shower body with a terrible towel — one that can't absorb water and feels like sandpaper on your skin — you know all towels are not created equal. While many of us usually opt for cotton varieties, the best bamboo towels deserve our attention, too.
When it comes to choosing sustainable towels, it doesn't get much better than bamboo. An eco-friendly choice, bamboo stalks can grow 3 to 4 feet per day — and they release 35 percent more oxygen into the air than other trees.
But more about bamboo towels themselves. The first thing to know about the plant is that it's highly absorbent. When converted to fabric, it wicks moisture away from your body and hair, making it one of the best quick-dry towels imaginable. It's velvety soft and naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and resistant to static. You'll never have to worry about hanging up your towel to dry, only to smell mold or mildew a few hours later.
The only downside is that bamboo towels aren't that thick. So, if you crave a plusher towel, but want the absorbency of bamboo, you can score hybrid option that blends both fabrics to get the best of both worlds.