Tencel™ Modal fibres: very soft and better for the earth

You might’ve seen TENCEL™ or modal a few times if you read your clothes’ care label. And not without reason, these fibres have become more popular in the last few years. But what is it exactly? How can they feel so soft? How are they made? And why is it better than other conventional fibres available?

What is Tencel™ Modal?

Modal are cellulosic fibres that derive from wood, like the better-known rayon or viscose. TENCEL™ Modal fibres are produced by Lenzing. This Austrian company makes these cellulosic fibres in an environmentally friendly production process by using renewable energy and recovering the process chemicals. They are mainly derived from beech wood from controlled forests. TENCEL™ Modal are breathable, and their texture is soft to the touch. Even softer than its sister TENCEL™ Lyocell, also from Lenzing! Like TENCEL™ Lyocell, it also has quick-drying properties, making it the perfect option for a sweaty, warm day!


How is the fabric with TENCEL™ Modal made?

All TENCEL™ Modal fibres are cellulosic fibres. Cellulose is the main substance in plant cell walls to give strength to plants and wood and keep them standing tall. Once the wood chips are extracted from the wood, they are dissolved in an organic solvent. This solvent turns the chips into a paste. The paste is pushed through tiny holes to create fibres. After, these fibres can be spun into yarn and woven into soft fabric.

Why do we use fabrics with Tencel™ Modal?

TENCEL™ Modal fibres have a lower impact on the environment. Trees use much less water compared to cotton plants. We’re guaranteed that the wood used for TENCEL™ fibres is derived from forests certified by accredited forest management standards. These standards prove that the forest has been managed to preserve biodiversity and that no illegal logging is involved!

The production process is the most significant difference between conventional Modal and TENCEL™ Modal. The TENCEL™ Modal production process is more environmentally friendly than the conventional Modal fibres. The production process uses renewable energy and recovers the process chemicals instead of constantly needing to renew and dispose of them. Keep it in the loop!

TENCEL™ Modal fibres are wood-based fibres, so they are of botanic origin. Lenzing also certifies them as biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions. TENCEL™ fibres are, therefore, able to return to our precious earth fully. You could just put the fibres in the ground, and they will completely dissolve and go back to nature!

"Tencel™Modal fibres are able to return to our precious earth fully"

How to take care of products with Tencel™ Modal

The fine texture of fabrics with TENCEL™ Modal is smooth to the touch and kind to your skin. It is also easy to take care of your clothing with TENCEL™ Modal. Modal can be washed on a short and cool cycle, which can greatly reduce the impact of its life cycle!

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