What is Tencel and Why is it Eco?

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December 14, 2018 2 min read

What is Tencel?

Tencel is a man-made fabric developed by innovative Austrian company Lenzing. It is manufactured from the wood and cellulose of sustainably harvested Eucalyptus trees. A tree which grows quickly without need of irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers or genetic manipulation. It can also be planted on marginal land that cannot be used for crops. The fibre yield per acre is up to 10 times higher than that of cotton and requires up to 20 times less water… All good news for mother natures precious resources.

Transforming eucalyptus wood pulp into fibre requires a chemical process – I know what you’re thinking, how can that possible be eco friendly?   …well, the revolutionary aspect of Tencel manufacturing, above other cellulose based fibres, is in the ability to recover and reuse of up to 99.8% of the solvent and remaining emissions by breaking them down in biological water treatment plants. Making the manufacture of Tencel extremely environmentally friendly.

Why do we love Tencel?

The ultra fine structure of this fibre also means it’s great for you to wear. It is highly absorbent meaning a huge reduction in the formation of bacteria and it’s silky smooth finish makes it kinder to the skin than cotton or wool.

Due to the easy care nature of this fabric, it can be machine washed on a very short, cool setting without need of fabric softener or whitening agents, massively reducing the environmental impact of Tencel garments during their lifetime. And of course when it’s time to finally say goodbye to your favourite Tencel t-shirt or dress or pair of jeans it is completely biodegradable…

So there you go… that why we sell Tencel.

We’re big fans of this sumptuous, innovative, eco loving fabric at Komodo. Here’s a selection of just a few pieces available on our online store...

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