What is Tencel™ lyocell?
Lyocell is a cellulose fibre made from wood, just like the better-known rayon or viscose. Tencel™ Lyocell is the award-winning brother of lyocell, made by Lenzing. This Austrian company makes certified cellulose fibres in a circular process and is made of wood from a sustainably managed forest. Tencel’s texture is soft to the touch and feels breathable. Tencel also has quick-drying properties, making it the perfect option for a sweaty, warm day!
Why do we use Tencel™ lyocell fabric?
Tencel is a low-impact fibre with a low water footprint. Trees use a lot less water compared to cotton plants. A lower impact means purer goods! We’re guaranteed that the wood used for Tencel™ fibres comes from sustainably managed forests. It is certified by FSC or PEFC, accredited standards for managing forests. These standards prove that the forest has been managed to preserve biodiversity and that no illegal logging is involved!
The use of a closed-loop production process is the biggest difference between regular viscose and Tencel lyocell. A closed-loop production process means all substances used are closely monitored to ensure the impact is as low as possible. It also means that over 99% of the inputs are captured and recycled. The closed-loop process makes it possible to keep reusing the chemicals instead of needing to renew and dispose of them constantly. Better for our planet!
Tencel fibres are cellulose based, so they are completely natural. Lenzing also certified them as biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions. Pieces of clothing made from Tencel are, therefore, able to return to our precious earth fully. You could just put your clothing item in the ground and it will completely dissolve!
How to take care of Tencel™ Lyocell products
The fine texture of this fabric means it is incredibly soft to the touch and kind to your skin. It is also easy to take care of your Tencel clothing. Tencel can be washed on a short and cool cycle which can greatly reduce the impact of its life cycle!