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What Is Tencel?

by Toni Olukiran

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You may have noticed some of your clothes are made of the material, but what actually is Tencel, and how sustainable a material is it? Read on to have all your questions answered.

What is Tencel?

Tencel isn’t a material itself, but is rather a brand name: Tencel™ create lyocell and modal fabrics, so if you’ve heard of Tenel it’s probably because you’ve shopped somewhere that uses its materials for its products (most likely clothing and homeware). Tencel is a brand owned by an Austrian company Lenzing AG.

What are the materials Tencel makes?

Tencel makes lyocell and modal fabric, both a kind of man-made material, however Tencel is best known for its lyocell fabric. 

Is Tencel sustainable?

Tencel lyocell is a more sustainable material than other fabrics with similar qualities, such as rayon. It is biodegradable, as it is derived from raw wood, which is sustainably sourced. It also uses less water in production than other sustainable materials like cotton. Ultimately, Tencel lyocell is sustainable, however, it can be mixed with other materials which are not which means its eco-friendly qualities such as being recyclable are threatened. If you’re looking for clothes and materials that are more environmentally friendly, make sure to check that the product in question doesn’t mix Tencel lyocell with other materials like polyester, rayon or viscose. 

For more information about sustainability and fashion, check out our blog post here.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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