Posted on November 07 2016
Glad you asked as it has become our favorite fabric! Eco-friendly at it's finest is what Tencel is.
TENCEL® is a brand name for a fiber that is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose from eucalyptus trees. It has a similar in-hand feel to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics as it is grown sustainably. The chemicals used to produce these fibers are nontoxic. In addition, the cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach.
This overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union and is considered a luxury fabric. Think Egyptian cotton but 10 times better!
It also has excellent absorption qualities, meaning that if your hot flashes or sweats in the night are getting to you, this is the way to go. Find a pair of pajamas in the same fabric and you will sleep through the night like a log. Low maintenance, hypo-allergenic and apparently bacteria resistant (although the latter is not yet proven).
If you are venturing into the Tencel market, it is a higher priced fabric. Most likely if you see a very low price, it will not be authentic. Just like Egyptian cotton, there are many fakes and knock offs out there, so do a little research with the company you are buying from.
We have some wonderful sheet sets here to give a try!