Tencel® (Lyocell)

Tencel® is a brand name by Lenzing AG for one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics. Instead of cotton, hemp, or bamboo, it is made from trees. It starts with certified sustainably harvested forests.

The manufacturing process uses a non-toxic, non-acidic chemical, reuses 99.8% of the chemical to convert the cellulose in the trees to a fabric, and the remaining emissions are broken down in biological water treatment plants. (continued below)

“Lyocell” is the generic name of the manufacturing process and fiber. Tencel (Lyocell) is made from Eucalyptus trees. This is similar to Bamboo and Hemp fabrics. Tencel (Lyocell) is the most eco-friendly manufacturing process of these “cellulosic” (the building block of trees and woody fiber plants) materials. All these “cellulosic” materials for bedding, towels, and in clothing as well, have properties of being more breathable than cotton, not feeling heavy when wet from perspiration, and able to wick moisture away from the body to keep one feeling cool in hot temperatures or warm in cool temperatures.

Tencel® (lyocell) has some amazing benefits:

  • One of the major “claims to fame” of Tencel® is its ability to absorb excess liquid (perspiration) and quickly release it into the atmosphere.
  • The microscopic surfaces of Tencel® fibers are smoother than other fibers. Tencel fabrics are excellent for people with sensitive skin.
  • Tencel® prevents the growth of bacteria, which cause odors, and therefore remain odor free for multiple wearings much longer than cotton. This also means fewer washings and saving on water and energy as well as on the wear and tear that occurs on any fabric from the washing and drying processes.
  • Tencel® itself is hypoallergenic meaning that it is not likely to cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. This is why it is used for clothing and home furnishings by individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and those with allergy sensitivities, psoriasis, and neurodermatitis. It is also anti-static and doesn’t cling.

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