What is Tencel?

What is Tencel?

2018 Mar 25th

Perhaps you’ve recently found yourself swimming through the silky surfaces of our Tencel blend sheets and started to wonder, what exactly is Tencel… and how did I manage to sleep through three morning alarms? Well, the answers are one in the same.

How it’s Made

Tencel® is the trade name for a type of lyocell fiber produced by Austrian company, Lenzing. It is an innovative, natural material that is extracted from the raw pulp of eucalyptus trees. These trees are harvested from sustainably run farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and grow thick and fast, making the material incredibly efficient to produce per acre.

Free of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, this collected pulp is then dissolved in a non-toxic, organic solvent that has been dermatologically tested (Someone literally stuck their hand in a bucket of this stuff!). The pulp is then extruded through tiny holes to produce lyocell fibers that can be made into a fabric or blended with wool, linen or cotton.

Though this material takes a bit more energy to produce, you can sleep easy knowing that Lenzing uses a closed loop process in which more than 99% of the solvent is recovered & reused. As well, being an organic fabric, Tencel is 100% biodegradable.

What is Tencel® InfographicQualities & Benefits

The lyocell fibers themselves are very unique compared to other fibers such as cotton or wool. Often compared to rayon in appearance and feel, Tencel instead has micro hairs on the exterior of each fiber that can be manipulated to make the fabric have anywhere from a suede-like finish, or in the case of our sheets, a silky lustrous finish.

Tencel fibers are also hollow, allowing them to easily absorb moisture (50% better than cotton) and quickly release it into the air. This excellent wicking property lets the fabric drape against the sleeper while remaining cool and breathable, resisting the development of odors and bacteria better than other fibers. These qualities, along with its botanic origins, make it perfect for sleepers with sensitive skin. Also, don’t be fooled by how delicately soft it is. Tencel is a very durable material due to the high cellulose content of its fibers, which also gives it that brilliant silk-like luster.

As for the cherry-on-top, Tencel is also inherently wrinkle-resistant, meaning less ironing! Made with color in mind, the hollow fibers absorb pigment easily, taking less dye to give the fabrics their rich hues. Because of this and it’s quick drying quality, it’s simple to launder and will keep its color and exceptional luster, wash after wash.

With its beautiful flowing drape, excellent temperature regulating properties, and pure, soothing feel, it’s no wonder our eco-friendly Tencel-blend sheets will have you hitting the snooze button!

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