Something to tell about lyocell
CHOP TREES FOR CLOTHES?
Talking about eco-fashion is very popular these days. We do too with this blog. We want to be heard too and of course we want to do our marketing good 🙂 One of the trending topics in fashion is the use of sustainable materials and fabrics. Lyocell or Tencel, that is the brandname for the fabric, is a material that is very hot and trendy to use for making environment friendly clothing. But is this true and what exactly is Lyocell?
What is Lyocell or Tencel fabric?
Lyocell is fabric made of wood. In most cases from Eucalyptus trees. The fabric is stiff when wet, but becomes soft, comfortable and supple when dried. Still the fabric is semi-synthetic, but compared to other similar fabrics, such as modal and viscose, the general opinion is that Lyocell is more sustainable.
Stop to chop?
Some figures say that we cut 70 million trees annually to make wood based fabrics. A third of the trees chopped are endangered. Enormous figures and even ignoring the wildlife and the environment the trees stand in. For Tencel fabric the industry mostly uses Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees do not need irrigation and the production of fabric is done without hazardous chemicals. The clothing produced with Tencel is biodegradable. Too simple to say that based on this Lyocell or Tencel is the new sustainable and environmental friendly clothing basis. We harm nature and environment to make the fabric. From there the production seems better then traditional ways of making fabrics for clothing. What else can we say about Tencel clothing?
Benifits for Tencel clothing
– Strong but soft as linen.
– Water absorbent, even more then cotton.
– Ventilates very well. Cool in summer and warm in winter.
– Synthetic clothing smells thousands time faster due to bacterial growth then Tencel.
What to think of Lyocell or Tencel clothes?
It is difficult to oversee the full process and impact of Tencel clothing on the environment and nature. The final product is a little step ahead to create more eco-friendly clothing in the polluting fashion industry. After all we do not want everybody to walk around naked, what is the ultimate and by far best solution.
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