What is TENCEL Fabric ?
TENCEL fabric is an amazing eco friendly fabric that represents a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable textiles. Tencel is all natural, man made fibre which is also referred to as Lyocell. Made with wood pulp from sustainable tree farms, tencel textiles are created though the use of nano technology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions. Though it’s certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council and 100% biodegradable, perhaps the greatest benefits are the variety and exceptional comfort you can experience with tencel clothing.
Eco Print : Made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and is fully biodegradable.
Colour Rich : Tencel was created with color in mind, because of the fibers’ high absorbency. The fabrics can be dyed to high quality standards.
Moisture Absorbent : This eco fabric has natural breathability and 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton.
Anti-bacterial : Due to its moisture management, tencel is also anti-bacterial.
Smooth and soft feel of Fabric : Similar to rayon in feel. Soft, breathable, lightweight and very comfortable. Tencel has an extremely smooth, soft surface that drapes beautifully to flatter every figure.
Great for sensitive skin : Tencel’s smooth fibre surface feels soft and supple against the skin and its incredible wicking abilities keep the skin dry, making tencel a great fabric for sensitive skin.
Versatile : This eco fabric has controllable fibrillation (the very fine hairs found on the outer fibres), which can be manipulated into everything form suede-like softness to a silky smooth finish.
Durable : This super fibre can hold up to a beating when both we and dry, and is most conveniently resistant to wrinkles.
- Tencel will shrink (approx. 3%) after the first washing but will retain its shape after that.
- Tencel is more expensive than most eco fabric alternatives.
Caring for Tencel Fabrics
- Delicate fabrics may be hand-washed in cold water with a gentle detergent. Drip dry. Tencel will shrink about 3% with the first washing, and will resist shrinking from then on.
- Machine washing, using the gentle cycle, is appropriate for many garments (read the garment care label), and drip drying is preferable to machine drying. If line dried, you can briefly toss in the dryer with a damp towel to soften the fabric.
- If you must touch up the garment with an iron, use a warm iron only. Too much direct heat may scorch the fabric.
- Dry-clean Only: Some garments have a “dry-clean only” label. This is often due to other fabrics used as finishing details or structuring elements, such as linings, in the garment. The lining, for example, may shrink more than the tencel fiber which could cause puckering if washed in water. The best course is to understand the washing requirements before purchasing the garment.
How is TENCEL made ?
Made from wood pulp cellulose, lyocell is produced in a solvent spinning process that is organic, sustainable and uniquely revolutionary. The only current lyocell manufacturer in the United States is Lenzing Fibers, and the company markets the product under the trademarked brand name Tencel as a soft, absorbent, durable, versatile, and eco-friendly fibre.
Within the solvent spinning process that produces Tencel®, a closed loop circuit recovers, purifies and reuses the solvent up to 99.5 percent, yielding very little byproduct. This is an environmentally conscious process, which is also 100 percent organic since the basis is a all natural raw material.
TENCEL is receiving numerous awards, including the ” European Award for the Environment ” by the European Union.