More about Sustainable Tencel Material
We at Lille Clothing love natural materials but as responsible design house we want to offer alternatives to traditional materials like cotton. Are you familiar with Tencel and the wonderful qualities it offers? Did you know that Tencel is bionic fiber and that it is more ecological material than traditional cotton in terms of resources used?
Tencel lyocell fibers are in many ways the choice of the future. They have many excellent features. Tencel, and lyocell fibers in general, are strong fibers so they have good measurement stability. They also have good color retention, so the color of the fabric stays the same after several washes. The material doesn't wrinkle as easily as viscose. Tencel fibers have enhanced breathability. Fibers effectively absorb moisture from the skin, so they support body temperature regulating properties. Tencel material feels pleasantly soft and silky on the skin. The fabric also falls beautifully in garments.
The responsible closed-loop manufacturing process
Lyocell fibers, best known as Tencel, are made from renewable wood pulp material harvested from certified plantations and responsibly grown natural forests. Tencel lyocell fibers are cellulosic fibers produced in an environmentally friendly production process. Production takes place in a closed-loop process, where the wood pulp is transformed into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. In the solvent-spinning process, water is recycled and up to 99% of the solvent can be reused. These natural fibers are biodegradable and can, therefore, return to nature's cycle.
Tencel vs. traditional cotton
The wood pulp used in Tencel fiber production is made from eucalyptus tree which don’t require pesticides or irrigation, unlike in traditional cotton farming. Wood grown for Tencel fibers needs less land, wheres traditional cotton needs about 5 times more high-quality farm-land. Only land that isn’t suitable for agricultural purposes is used for planting eucalyptus trees for lyocell fibers. Traditional cotton farming requires about 20 times more water than the Tencel fiber production process. Solvents are used in lyocell fiber production but almost all of it are recycled and reused.