Tencel™ Modal: Softer than silk, 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 is a cellulose fibre made from wood, like the better-known rayon or viscose. Tencel™ Modal is produced by Lenzing. This Austrian company makes certified cellulose fibres in a circular process and is made primarily from beech wood from sustainably managed forests. Modal is breathable and its 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 Tencel™ Modal fabric made?

All Modal is made from cellulose. Cellulose is the main substance in plant cell walls to give strength to plants and wood and keeps 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 threads. After, these threads can be spun into yarn and woven into soft Modal fabric.

Why do we use Tencel™ Modal fabric?

Modal is a low-impact fibre, with a low water footprint. Trees use a lot less water compared to cotton plants. We’re guaranteed that the wood used for Tencel™Modal fibres comes from sustainably managed forests. It is certified by FSC or PEFC, accredited standards for managing forests. These standards confirm that the forest has been managed to preserve biodiversity and that there is no illegal logging involved.

The closed-loop production process is the most significant difference between conventional Modal and Tencel™Modal. A closed-loop production process means all substances used are closely monitored. It also means that over 99% of the inputs are captured and recycled. This makes it possible to keep reusing the chemicals instead of constantly needing to renew and dispose of them. Keep it in the loop!

Modal fibres are essentially still cellulose, so they are completely natural. It is also certified as biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions. Pieces of clothing made from Tencel™Modal 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 and go back to nature!

"Pieces of clothing made from Tencel™Modal are able to return to our precious earth fully"

How to take care of Tencel™ Modal products

The fine texture of this fabric means it is extremely soft to the touch and kind to your skin. It is also easy to take care of your Modal clothing. Modal can be washed on a short and cool cycle, which can greatly reduce the impact of its life cycle!

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