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More on Materials: What is TENCEL™?

More on Materials: What is TENCEL™?
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TENCEL™ is an increasingly used material for sustainable products, collections and can be found on many items listed on Renoon. But what is it an…

TENCEL™ is an increasingly widely used material for sustainable products, collections and can be found on many items listed on Renoon.

But what is it and where does it come from? And how can you wear it? 

More on Materials. READ ALSO: What is ECONYL®?.

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The Tencel fiber, up close shot

What is TENCEL™: what is it? 

Lyocell is a type of rayon that was first registered as a brand as Tencel in 1982. It is constructed of cellulose fiber, which is created by first dissolving pulp and then dry jet-wet spinning it back together. The fiber is employed in particular to create textiles for clothes and other uses!

The fibers originate from the renewable raw material wood, created by photosynthesis.

The manufacturing process involves an environmentally responsible production method (also referred as “closed loop system”).

The fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable. 
The circle is respected here: TENCEL™ can fully revert back to nature. 


What is TENCEL™: a cotton alternative? 

TENCEL™ fibers help maintain environmental balance by being integrated into nature’s cycle. 
Manufacturing Tencel also requires less energy and water than cotton.
Conclusion: a great alternative to cotton.(For those who appreciate numbers: cotton, especially when industrially farmed to satisfy global demand, uses up to 20 times more water than  TENCEL™).

which products can be made with this material?

Basics, Jeans, Tees, Dresses, Pants and more. See what’s available via Renoon:

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Some Tencel items that can be found on Renoon!


A short Post Scriptum for the nerds out there (the kind of information we love to see at the end of articles):

An additional note: all TENCEL™ fibers are available with FSC® (C041246) or PEFC™ certification upon request, and have been certified as Biobased under the BioPreferred® Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a governmental body.

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