Soft, renewable, biodegradable and wrinkle-resistant, lyocell, or Tencel©, is a fiber made from eucalyptus trees from the house of Lenzing. It is of botanic origin, since it is extracted from the raw material wood.
Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. Eucalyptus is a woody flowering tree or shrub with environmental benefits similar to the one of bamboo. It grows very fast (up to 20 meter in only 6 to 7 years) and needs no chemicals or other fertilizers for it to grow. The need for water is minimal (10 to 20 times less than for cotton) as irrigation is not necessary – only rainwater is needed. The area yielding from the production of eucalyptus is ten times higher than the one for cotton.Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. Once the eucalyptus trees are harvested, the wood is soaked in a non-toxic solution.
The solvent used is recycled by almost 100% since it is reclaimed, purified and reused again and again. This specialprocess received the “European Award for the Environment” from the European Union.