In our previous two posts, we wrote that Tencel is made from cellulose. The traditional way of converting cellulose into fibre can be chemically intensive; and some of the chemicals involved in the process are harmful to the environment. Fortunately, Austria’s Lenzing Group knows how to convert it in an eco-friendly manner.
The Group uses a revolutionary method known as the Lyocell process to produce Tencel. A close-loop process, it redirects waste products back into production—99.5% of the solvent is recycled—creating almost no waste. The solvent the Group uses is called NMMO (N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide). It’s non-toxic and its safeness has been proven in dermatological and toxicological tests.
All in all, the Lyocell method lowers the chemical intensity of the production process—it reduces the number of steps and the amount of chemicals used (i.e. fewer chemicals and less harmful chemicals are used). This is good for us and our planet.
In recognition of the ecological soundness of the Lyocell process, the European Union awarded Lenzing the highly prestigious European Award for the Environment.
You’ve read so many good things about Tencel. Why not try one today?
You can watch a short video about Tencel at http://tinyurl.com/cq7u8cu.