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The Fibre of Future: TENCEL™


TENCEL™ is a branded name for the cellulosic fibre that generally called lyocell. The brand is a trademark that belongs to the Austrian-based company, Lenzing AG.

Lyocell fibre is the third generation of rayon fabric founded in 1988. Hence, the fibre owns the name 'a fibre of future'.

TENCEL™ is certified as biodegradable and compostable, which resulted in the ability to revert into nature under soil and marine conditions.

 

From nature, back to nature.

 

TENCEL™ Process

TENCEL™ lyocell fibre is very durable and has a long-lasting quality which distinguished by their greater strength among cellulose fibres. Lyocell fibres exhibit a smooth and sheen surface that absorbs moisture more efficiently than other natural fibres.

It works in supporting the body's natural thermal regulating mechanism to enhance breathability, keeping the wearer's skin a cool and dry sensation throughout the day and night. Besides that, TENCEL™ provides a less favourable environment for bacterial growth, offering a better pure quality to fabrics.

The tension-free fibres with no electrostatic charging are naturally soft to touch and provide long-lasting comfort, especially for sensitive skin due to its ability to absorb moisture.

The sleek surface of TENCEL™ fibres produce a smooth drape and enable colour dyes to penetrate deeply into the fibre structure, resulting in impressive colour brilliance.

Colour pigments are embedded into the cellulosic fibres are less likely to fade even after repeated washing the lyocell-based clothing. The soft and silky texture of TENCEL™ fibres creates a smooth drape, and its wrinkle-free feature ensures long-lasting comfort to the skin.

TENCEL™ lyocell fibres gained an excellent reputation for their recyclable and biodegradable characteristics that assures the consumers are not contributing to an adverse impact on the environment. However, the drawbacks of this innovation are generally pricier than cotton, which owing to costlier production.

 

TENCEL™ Closed Loop Diagram 

Lyocell is made with wood pulps from the sustainably managed plantations of natural forests of eucalyptus in Austria and its neighbouring countries. It is produced through the use of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process.

The production involves a solvent spinning method that applies an organic chemical compound called N-Methylmorpholine N-oxide (NMMO). The non-toxic solvent can be purified and reused at a recovery rate up to 99% and continually recycles processed water during the transformation of the natural raw material into cellulosic fibres with high resource efficiency. There is only a minimal amount of NMMO emitted through wastewater and thus degraded in biological wastewater treatment plantation.

The lyocell fibre usually degrades and disgested entirely in sewage treatment for just eight days and involves lesser steps and chemicals during the manufacturing process. Lyocell produces 15 times fewer carbon emissions than synthetic fibres, and it does not necessarily include any bleaching process.

The production time for the biobased fibre requires only 3 hours, leaving a light footprint on the environment while viscose rayon takes up to 40 hours. Also, the wood pulps take up an average 60 times less water than cotton to transform into fibres which the closed-loop process represents a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable textiles.

 

We are so in love with the TENCEL™ lyocell fibre that brings no harm but more goods to us and the environment. We urge everyone to start getting your hands on such precious sourced from nature.

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