When it comes to choosing the perfect travel towel, the options seem endless. Two popular choices often compared are cotton hammam towels and microfibre towels.
While both have their benefits, there are compelling reasons to opt for the timeless appeal of cotton hammam towels. Here are five reasons why you should consider using cotton hammam towels instead of microfibre towels...
Environmental: Our towels are crafted using sustainable, natural cotton fibres, which biodegrade at the end of the products life. Our suppliers use OEKO-TEX certified yarns meaning that no harmful chemicals have been used in production. Microfibre, being a synthetic material, is not biodegradable and can contribute to microplastic pollution in the environment. Every time a microfibre item is washed, (and towels by their nature are washed frequently,) tiny plastic particles are released into the water, which ultimately end up in our oceans and ecosystems.
Natural Comfort and Softness: Cotton is renowned for its natural comfort and softness. Crafted from superior Turkish cotton fibres, our towels provide a gentle and cosy touch against your skin, even the most sensitive. With each wash, the fibres become even softer; you’ll want to reach for it time and again. In contrast microfibre towels, while soft, don’t feel as luxurious and some people find they ‘cling’ to their skin.
Breathable and Quick Drying: Cotton is a naturally breathable fabric, which means that our hammam towels allow air to circulate, helping them to dry quickly. This natural breathability also helps prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria, avoiding musty smells! Microfibre towels, while they do dry relatively quickly, don’t have the same level of breathability, potentially leading to a less fresh experience.
Absorbency: Cotton has exceptional moisture-absorbing properties, making our hammam towels highly effective at drying you off quickly. Moisture is efficiently wicked away from your skin, leaving you feeling dry and comfortable. Whilst microfibre towels are also absorbent, as they are synthetic, they tend to leave skin still feeling damp.
Aesthetic: Cotton hammam towels come in a wide range of colours and patterns, allowing you to express your personal style. Stripes, patterns, neutrals or colours, with designs woven into the fabric, not printed, so the designs never fade. In contrast, microfibre towels often have a more utilitarian appearance and lack the same natural texture and range of designs.
At Sand and Salt, we think cotton's breathability, absorbency, comfort, durability, and - most of all - environmental considerations make it the best choice for everyday use.