Tencel: A Soft and Silky Alternative to Cotton

by , 09/10/09   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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TENCEL \ˈten ˈsil\

n. 1 a: The trademarked brand name for lyocell, a natural cellulosic fiber with excellent moisture absorption and an exceptionally silky hand. b: A dyeable, wrinkle-resistant material that can be blended with a variety of other fibers, including cotton, rayon, polyester, silk, hemp, linen, and wool. c: Fabricated using a closed-loop process that doesn’t require bleach, although some manufacturers may use chemical processes, enzyme baths, and dyes that may or may not be environmentally sound.

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3 Responses to “Tencel: A Soft and Silky Alternative to Cotton”

  1. [...] founder, each bag is made to order from good, green fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, and bamboo denim. Plus, the mini editions are completely lead-free and contain no metal parts. [...]

  2. tlushnia says:

    So, if I understood the article, polyester is now considered a natural or organic fiber?

  3. gardenwort says:

    Polyester is a completely different material. Rayon, as it says in the article, is inbetween ‘natural’ and ‘synthetic’ fabrics because its raw material is natural (any source of cellulose, eg cotton bamboo or woodchip) but it is then treated with chemicals to make fabric. Viscose-rayon uses processes that are not considered environmentally friendly, but non-viscose rayon such as Tencel, is considered relatively ‘green’. But note that this is RELATIVE. The raw material of Nylon(polamide) and polyester is oil – so these fabrics are entirely synthetic.

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