TENCEL: A NEW STEP TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FASHION INDUSTRY
“As soft as silk, as strong as polyester, as user friendly as acryl, as cool and fun as linen, as warm as wool and better at absorbing moisture than cotton,”. It keeps raining compliments for Tencel. It’s a fabric that’s getting more popular in the fashion world every minute: Filippa K, Anthropologie, Sissy Boy, H&M Concious, Lululemon, Patagonia and &Other stories are some of the brands that are in love with the fabric. But what is Tencel exactly? We list the features and benefits in the article below.
Tencel is a 100% natural fabric made of eucalyptus trees. The wood pulp of this tree is converted into clothing fiber. You can compare it to the construction process of viscose, but much more sustaintable because:
- Eucalyptus trees need up to 80% less water, fertilizers, pesticides and space than cotton.
- The forests in which the eucalyptus trees grow are sustainably managed and have the FSC label*
- The production process of Tencel is a closed loop in which more than 99% of the used water and solvents are recycled.
- Are your clothes worn out? Then they are 100% biodegradable.
- Bleaching the fabric happens without chlorine.
- Because Tencel is so sustainable, the fabric has the European Ecolabel, the Oeko Tex 100 certificate, the European Flower-label** and it received the European Price for the environment already back in 2000.
In other words, Tencel as a fabric contributes to slow fashion. Now that we are all aware that we can take more responsibility for the conservation of our nature, this is an important step towards a sustainable clothing industry. Yet with this fabric you do not have to sacrifice any advantages over synthetic fabrics. After all, the natural manufacturing of Tencel means that the fabric has several useful properties:
- Tencel is very soft and breathes, making it the best companion for anyone who sweats easily or sports a lot.
- The fibers are naturally anti-static, so they will not stick to your body.
- Tencel shrinks and creases less than cotton.
- The fabric absorbs moisture faster than cotton and dries it faster. This reduces the risk of bacterial growth.
Did you know?
The terms Tencel and Lyocell are sometimes confused: the sustainable fiber that is extracted from eucalyptus trees is officially called Lyocell, however, the fiber is marketed commercially as Tencel by the Austrian company Lenzing-Fibers.
HOW TO WASH TENCEL?
Because Tencel is a natural fabric, you have to take the following into account:
- You best wash the fabric on a delicate washing program and at max. 30°C.
- Do not wash the fabric in an overloaded washing machine.
- Do not leave wet Tencel in the washing machine to avoid streaks in the fabric.
- Ironing is best done without using steam.
Tencel has, despite its 100% natural origin, the same or more advantages than other synthetic fabrics. In exchange for a little extra care in the washing and drying process of your clothes, the fabric made from wood pulp from eucalyptus trees gives you a lot in return: faster moisture absorption and repellency and a soft, breathable and anti-static wearing experience.
The use of an ecological fabric such as Tencel is also a new step towards slow fashion and a responsible fashion industry. The power of the consumer cannot be underestimated: the higher the demand for Tencel and other FSC products, the more producers will be inclined to guarantee responsible production processes for their substances.
EDITEX LOVES TENCEL
At Editex, we believe it is important to contribute to a responsible fashion industry. Therefore we have included some Tencel fabrics in our collection. Discover them in the webshop! We hope to further expand this ecological range in the future, so that our customers also have easy access to sustainable products without having to compromise on quality.
* FSC: Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization committed to responsible forest conservation and management worldwide. The more demand for FSC products, the more forests will be managed according to this directive and the more benefits this will bring to the people, animals and climate that depend on these forests.
** Flower-label: The Flower label includes a unique certification system that enables end consumers to recognize ecologically responsible products.
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