Tencel is a fiber made from eucalyptus wood.
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen plant, which can reach 40 meters in height. This easily renewable raw material is obtained exclusively from long-lasting plantation forests planted for industrial purposes.
The so-called “wood farms” which use marginal income lands, that can’t be used for food production. Here the eucalyptus is farmed naturally and easily, without the need of using artificial irrigation, pesticides or genetic manipulation. Furthermore, from the scented eucalyptus leaves we can obtain an excellent medicinal oil.
The reduced water consumption of the eucalyptus is another important plus of discussed interest in relations to the ecological future of our planet. For total production inclusive of cellulose, tencel needs up to 100 times less of irrigation water than cotton. Tencel fiber productivity is ten times higher than that of traditional cotton. Tencel is an authentic fiber of the future, eco-friendly and cheap.
Its production is based on an innovative cellulose fibers spinning method in a complete recycling solvent. In fact the solvent is about 100% retrieved and the residual emissions, which are very limited, are degraded in biological purification plants. The solvent used is an amino acid completely free from toxicological risks.
This process has been rewarded by the European Union with the “European Award for the Environment”.