Tencel also known as lyocell is manufactured by Lenzing, an innovative fiber company. You may have started to see it’s name pop up in the sustainable fashion community but not quite known what it was. Well here’s your breakdown for what tencel is and why you should care.
What is Tencel?
Tencel is a sustainable fabric regenerated from wood pulp, much like rayon and bamboo. It was surprisingly first invented in a fabric plant in Enka, North Carolina in 1972 but it’s gaining much accelerated popularity in today’s eco-conscious culture.
Why is it so sustainable?
Rather grown from old growth forests through genetic manipulation or pesticides, tencel is derived from eucalyptus trees grown in socially and environmentally friendly farms. All of the non-toxic solvents that are used to treat the pulp are done in a closed loop process where 99.5% are recovered. Plus, it doesn’t require bleach and the tiny amount of emissions it creates are broken down in biological purification plants. Who knew.
Tencel is Oeko Tex 100 certified ensuring it contains no harmful substances. The Forest Stewardship Council and The European Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification have both awarded tencel with their green stamp of approval. To add to that the European Union have given it the European Award for the Environment and their European Community Eco Label flower. So it’s basically the Adele of the sustainable fabric community.
Why Should I Care?
In addition to furthering your story as an eco-friendly brand, tencel is super soft! It’s very strong wet or dry, drapes nicely, wrinkle resistant and more absorbent than cotton and cooler than linen. It’s a fabric with many uses so your possibilities are endless.
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