Tencel, also known as Lyocell, is a material that is increasingly used in the textile industry, particularly in the sportswear industry. An artificial fibre made from natural materials, Tencel is a very interesting ecological fabric. Let's take a closer look at Tencel, and all the advantages of choosing Tencel clothing, especially sportswear.
Tencel, or Lyocell, was first produced in the 1980s. It is an artificial fiber made from wood pulp, notably eucalyptus, but also spruce, pine and birch.
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First, the cellulose (a protein found in wood) is extracted from the wood bark. It is then ground and dissolved in a non-toxic solvent. The dissolution of the fiber in this organic solvent requires only one step and is 5 times faster than for other types of viscose (viscose is also a material made from wood, but the transformation is chemical). After dissolving, the solvent used to manufacture Tencel is recovered at more than 99% to be reused. The Tencel production circuit is thus a closed circuit. All the materials necessary for the production of Tencel are permanently recycled, purified and reused according to the same principle as circularity.
The production of Tencel therefore has a particularly low impact on the environment.
In addition, the trees used were selected for their low water consumption. The eucalyptus, for example, only needs rainwater. And unlike cotton, no pesticides or intensive irrigation systems are required.
Tencel is an artificial fibre. But it is said to be ecological because its production is environmentally friendly. It is increasingly used in the textile industry as a replacement for viscose, a material that is very polluting to produce and the source of a large proportion of the microplastics found in the oceans. Lenzing (an Austrian company) is the leading producer of Tencel and is the main supplier of brands such as Circle Sportswear, which use this eco-innovative fibre in the manufacture of their clothing.
Beyond its essential aspect, eco-responsibility, if Tencel is more and more popular in the textile industry and in particular in the sportswear industry, it is because Tencel is a technical fiber that has many advantages:
Tencel regulates perspiration
The Tencel fiber has a very high capacity of moisture absorption. The nanofibrils that make it up transport moisture to the heart of the fiber, allowing the surface to remain perfectly dry. For all athletes, wearing a garment that stays dry throughout the effort is a great source of comfort.
Tencel neutralizes odors
When a fiber is wet, bacteria proliferate in it and are the cause of unpleasant odors. Bacteria need moisture. But because Tencel keeps the surface of the garment dry, bacteria cannot grow as much as on a synthetic garment. Tencel sportswear is ideal for feeling comfortable and confident throughout your training. Even after a particularly intense workout, there is no smell to spoil the fun!
Tencel is soft and light to wear
Tencel fiber is very smooth. It is therefore known to be particularly soft and supple to wear. In addition, the Tencel material, by providing a second skin effect, also brings a refreshing side of the most pleasant. Running, trail, Yoga, Pilates, dance, whatever the sport, a sportswear in Tencel material accompanies all movements for an incomparable comfort.
Tencel is ultra resistant
The very structure of the Tencel fiber, very stable, makes a garment in Tencel, or Lyocell, is particularly resistant to tearing and pilling. Tencel is therefore particularly interesting for sportswear that is subject to heavy wear and tear and is often put through the washing machine. Choosing a t-shirt, tank top or crop top made of Tencel is a guarantee of durability, as well as a commitment towards a more eco-responsible consumption and respect for the planet.