Today I would like to start something new. A game, if you wish! Let’s play: Did you know this eco-friendly material?
Tonight’s guest is Tencel (can I get a round of applause?).
Tencel is actually a brand name for a type of lyocell, its produced by an Austrian company named Lenzing AG. According to Wikipedia: “Lyocell is a form of rayon. It consists of cellulose fiber, made from dissolving pulp and then reconstituting it by dry jet-wet spinning. The fiber is used to make textiles for clothing and other purposes. Unlike rayon made by the viscose process, lyocell production does not use harmful carbon sulfide, which is toxic to workers and the environment. As of 2018, the lyocell process is more expensive than the more common viscose process for making rayon”.
Lenzing has said that they source its wood and pulp from certified and controlled sources like sustainably managed plantations, making Tencel the sustainable fabric of choice.
Tencel is a great alternative to synthetic activewear. Being breathable and moisture absorbent makes it really good on the skin. Although we have to admit it is pricier than the average workout tank top, it’s better for the planet, and sometimes you have to stop and think: what’s better right now? Quality or quantity? For us, it’s an easy choice since we value quality over anything else. So, if exercising is part of your daily routine, it’s worth investing in quality and durable clothes that not only will be good on your skin, but you’ll feel like you’re helping the environment.
We are not here to tell you that Tencel is magical and perfect and you shouldn’t use any other fabric because, well… that’s not true! Tencel production has BOTH positive and negative impacts on the environment. Like other natural fabrics, it is made from plant materials, BUT manufacturing Tencel requires less energy and water than cotton (crazy right?) and since its a naturally derived fiber, Tencel is also biodegradable! Although… it is often mixed with conventional dyes (and we all know that conventional dyes can be harmful to the environment). So, like everything, you can enjoy brands that are producing with Tencel so you know you’re helping to save the planet, or you can keep buying from the same brands and suppliers and watch while our environment slowly dies. This fabric can be 100% Tencel or a mix with other materials to reduce cost. Fabric made out of short Tencel fibers is very similar to cotton but it won’t wrinkle or shrink. So, now I ask you what are you waiting for? There’s no TIME to waste when your closet is calling!