Tencel™ is suggested as being the most sustainable fibre available on the market.
Tencel™ fibre is produced by Austrian company Lenzing and is made from Spruce and Eucalyptus trees that are FSC and PEFC certified.
Tencel uses 3% of the irrigated water conventional cotton requires  and emits 83% less carbon dioxide equivalent (gases that contribute to global warming and climate change) into the atmosphere compared to conventional cotton .
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The Spruce and Eucalyptus trees are debarked and converted into wood chips. The chips enter a digester that contains an organic solvent called N-methyl-morpholine-N-oxide (NMMO). This solution turns the wood chips into a pulp and aids the release of cellulose (the main compound found in plant cell walls). The cellulose is dissolved in a water diluted solution of NMMO to allow the fibre to be extruded. This fibre is spun to create a yarn.
The methodology above is called the Lyocell process and Tencel™ is a brand name. Lenzing recovers and reuses more than 99% of the organic solvent. Plus, they recycle and reuse their water from the process, creating an almost 100% closed loop system.
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Lenzing Tencel™ fibres are certified to the following
- Forest Management Certification (FSC)
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
- TUV OK Biodegradable; Soil
- TUV OK Biodegradable; Water
- TUV OK Biodegradable; Marine
- TUV OK Compost; Home
- TUV OK Compost; Industrial
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At this present time we have not tested any finished products to the same biodegradable or compost standards as Lenzing.
We advise and promote the re-use of our products to help reduce the environmental impact we all have on the planet.