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10 Things You Need To Know About Tencel
16 March 2017

1. Tencel was introduced in 1980 through the unity of “dissolving pulp” and “dry jet-wet spinning” process by Courtaulds Research in Coventry UK.

2. Tencel is a type of fibre that is made by dissolving wood cellulose from trees into an amine oxide solvent and spinning.

3. Tencel is a natural, manmade fiber which is also referred to as Lyocell. It uses a closed loop process that makes the environment a better as solvent used are 100% recovered and remaining emissions are broken down in biological water treatment plants. Thus winning “European Award for the Environment” by European Union.

4. Amine oxide is the main solvent used in the Tencel production process which is non-toxic and used commonly in our daily toiletries. Furthermore, it takes 100 times lesser water to grow cotton than the entire production of Tencel, including pulping.

5. Tencel fiber is made from Eucalyptus tree, which is an evergreen plant that is fast growing and to a height of 40 meters. It further reduces environment damage footprints as it does not require pesticide nor vast amount of land to grow. It grows at an estimated height of 4 meters per year.

6. Tencel are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.

7. Tencel reduces bacteria growth as the moisture is immediately transported into the fiber which removes the moisture film for bacteria to grow. A study by Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, in 2004 shows that this bacteria reduction property is better than cotton and polyster. Through the test it shows Tencel is 2000 times better than synthetic fibers in terms of reducing bacteria formation.

8. Thanks to the excellent absorption and transportation properties, Tencel is finding it ways into multiple application such as Automotive, Baby Wipes, Facial Mask, Bedlinen, Denim, Upholstery, Rugs, and many more.

9. Tencel has a unique fibril structure which gives a highly absorption capability that reduces odour on the textile. The optimum moisture transportation characteristic prevents irritation to the skin. This also means fewer washings and saving on water and energy as well as on the wear and tear that occurs on any fabric from the washing and drying processes.

10. Tencel is machine washable in cool water. Fabric softeners are not needed or recommended.

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