Tencel is a revolutionary eco-friendly and economical fibre. It is spun from a renewable resource, pulp from eucalyptus wood. The main difference with other viscose yarns is that pulping happens in a closed loop system in which the solvents are re-used. This unique closed loop production process makes lyocell a eco-friendly and yet very modern fibre. In addition the dyeing process requires much less dyes than cotton. Ecological Textiles offers both knitted and woven fabrics that are made from Tencel®, a high quality lyocell yarn produced by Lenzing.
Tencel is a brand name for lyocell, a viscose that was developed by the Austrian company Lenzing AG. Tencel fabrics are very versatile. They are light, smooth, soft and silky, breathable and form-retaining. In addition they have good anti-bacterial properties which is why they are widely used in casual wear or sportswear. An additional advantage is that Tencel is very absorbent, which means that less colouring substances are needed in the dyeing process.
Tencel is made from wood pulp, mostly eucalyptus. The trees are grown on sustainably managed plantations conform FSC regulations. The solvents that are used for making the wood pulp are made by using petrochemicals. However, the closed loop system in which this takes place means that harmful waste is very limited. According to Lenzing the solvent recovery rate is 99%.