What is TENCEL™ Lyocell?

What is TENCEL™ Lyocell?

Perhaps you’ve recently found yourself swimming through the silky surfaces of our  Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell blend sheets and started to wonder, what exactly is TENCEL™ Lyocell… and how did I manage to sleep through three alarms? Well, the answer is one and the same.You see, this eco-friendly fabric combines a buttery soft finish with the breathability of naturally derived fibers to create a material that’s darn near miraculous. When used for bedding, this fabric ensures you’ll sleep more soundly than ever before. Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell blend sheets in Ash and Silver colours

But what is TENCEL™ Lyocell exactly? And what makes these fibers so special? Read on for everything you need to know about this fabulous, sustainable fabric!

How is TENCEL™ Lyocell Made?

First things first, TENCEL™ Lyocell is the trade name for a type of lyocell fiber produced by the Austrian textile company Lenzing. TENCEL™ Logo

Far from being just another run-of-the-mill material, TENCEL™’s lyocell fibers are an innovative fabric crafted from a sustainable source: the pulp of eucalyptus trees!

What makes this fabric an Earth-friendly choice, you ask? Well, the eucalyptus trees farmed in the creation of TENCEL™ Lyocell are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which promotes the responsible management of forests. What’s more, eucalyptus trees grow thick and fast, making this lyocell material incredibly efficient to produce per acre —and all without requiring any synthetic pesticides or fertilizer!

Eucalyptus Trees

Once harvested, the collected eucalyptus pulp is dissolved in a non-toxic, dermatologically-tested organic solvent during TENCEL™’s award-winning “closed-loop” production process. This means that 99% of the non-toxic organic solvent used to break down the plant matter is recovered and reused, conserving both resources and energy in the process! If you’re interested, you can read more about this environmentally friendly closed-loop process  here.

Afterward, the dissolved eucalyptus wood pulp is extruded through tiny holes to produce lyocell fibers. These fibers can then be made into a fabric or interwoven with other natural materials such as wool, linen, or cotton.
 diagram of how TENCEL™ fibers are made
In the case of our  Eucalyptus Luxe products, we use a blend of 65% TENCEL™ Lyocell and 35% cotton to increase the durability and thread count of our sheets, making them feel richer, fuller, and more luxurious against the skin.

Finally, all TENCEL™ Lyocell fabrics are thoroughly tested for quality and OEKO-TEX certified, meaning every last fiber has been declared free from over 100 substances that may cause harm to the skin.

Close up fabric texture of Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell blend sheets in Thundercloud sheets

What results is a beautiful, buttery fabric that’s good for the planet and great for your sleep. Not convinced? Then let’s review some of the main benefits that come along with snoozing on TENCEL™ blend bedding: 

What Are the Benefits of TENCEL™ Lyocell Blend Bed Sheets?

  1.  Sustainable & Eco-Friendly
    From forest to fabric, TENCEL™ Lyocell sets a new standard of sustainability. Made from sustainably grown and harvested eucalyptus using a closed-loop production process that conserves 99% of the chemicals used during production, our  Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell sheets require 96% less water and 30% less energy to produce than the standard cotton sheet! Along with being OEKO-TEX certified and free from pesticides, our sheets are also 100% biodegradable — making them a superstar choice for sleeping sustainably!  TENCEL™ production process
  2. Soft & Gentle on Skin
    Made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees, the natural structure of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers creates an exceptionally soft and buttery texture. Often compared to rayon in appearance and feel, TENCEL™ Lyocell instead has micro hairs on the exterior of each fiber that can be manipulated to make the fabric have anywhere from a suede-like feel to a silky lustrous finish (as is the case with our sheets!) This quality, combined with the fabric’s anti-bacterial and odour-resistant nature, helps create an environment that’s ideal for anyone to sleep in — especially those with sensitive skin.

    With a rich 500 thread count, our Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell blend sheets take softness to the next level. The result is a luxurious fabric that’s skin-friendly and perfect for catching up on beauty sleep.
    Eucalyptus Luxe TENCEL™ Lyocell sheets in Ash colour

  3. Exceptional Temperature Regulation
    There’s simply no beating the breathability of fabrics made with TENCEL™, and here’s why: TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are hollow, and their structure allows them to absorb moisture from the body and release it into the air. In fact, they’re 50% better than pure cotton at wicking away moisture! This property allows the fabric to remain cool and breathable while draped over the body, and prevents the buildup of odour and bacteria better than other fibers.

    As a result, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers make for light, airy sheets that excel at drawing moisture away from the body, allowing you to keep cool in a variety of climates. If you live in a hot climate or are a warm sleeper, our Eucalyptus Luxe sheets will help you rest easy — no sweat. 
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<li><strong> Vibrant & Colourful</strong><br>
	Hate it when your linens start to look dull after a few laundry days? Us too! Fortunately, you can sleep sound knowing that TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers hold onto colour exceptionally well, as the pigments become deeply embedded in the hollow structure of these fibers. As a result, less dye is required to give these fabrics their rich hues.It should be no surprise, then, that our Eucalyptus Luxe bed sheets retain their colour vibrancy for significantly longer than conventional sheets. Wash after wash, these sheets maintain their colour and lustre, helping you make a stylish statement that stands the test of time.
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  4. Vibrant & Colourful
    Hate it when your linens start to look dull after a few laundry days? Us too! Fortunately, you can sleep sound knowing that TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers hold onto colour exceptionally well, as the pigments become deeply embedded in the hollow structure of these fibers. As a result, less dye is required to give these fabrics their rich hues.It should be no surprise, then, that our Eucalyptus Luxe bed sheets retain their colour vibrancy for significantly longer than conventional sheets. Wash after wash, these sheets maintain their colour and lustre, helping you make a stylish statement that stands the test of time. 

Are TENCEL™ Lyocell Blend Sheets Right For You?

If you want a luxurious, sustainable sleep, or if you find run-of-the-mill materials irritating, TENCEL™ Lyocell blend bedding is perfect for you! If you love the dependability of cotton but prefer something softer and better at wicking away night sweats, look no further than TENCEL™ Lyocell.

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

From vibrant colour retention to long-lasting freshness, there are so many great reasons to give this fabric a try. Check out our amazing selection of eucalyptus lyocell sheet sets online, or head to one of our 75+ locations across Canada to scoop some of your own! 

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