As winter slowly wanes, the ecoHaven shelves begin to fill with colourful and lightweight clothing. This year we are stocking some pieces made from Tencel and many of our customers have been asking about this mysterious fibre. Here's what we've found out:
Tencel is a brand name of Lyocell made by the Lenzing AG company. Regenerated from wood cellulose, Tencel feels similar to other regenerated fibres like rayon or bamboo. Unlike almost all rayon and bamboo, Tencel has a transparent supply chain and is made from farm-grown eucalyptus trees, where no old growth forests, irrigation, genetic manipulation or pesticides are used. Yay!
The chemicals used to produce Tencel are nontoxic and the cellulose (ground pulp) used for Tencel is treated in a closed loop process in which solvents are recycled with a 99.5% recovery rate. The small amount of waste is treated at a biological purification plants. The processing of Tencel never uses bleach.
Tencel is soft, strong when wet and dry, absorbent, wrinkle resistant and drapes beautifully. Being inherently cool and lightweight, Tencel is a great fibre for the warmer months and blends beautifully with many other natural fibres such as wool and cotton.
Not all Lyocell is created equal. The high environmental standards that Tencel adheres to does not apply to all Lyocell products, so if you do purchase Lyocell make sure you ask about its supply chain.
If you find yourself in our Hobart store, we'd love to show you our new range of Tencel (+ a little bit of merino) by Untouched World which is coming to the online store soon!