THE TRUTH BEHIND TENCEL™

Tencel - Conscious collaborations | The Forward Lab

TENCEL™ is the brand name for a type of Lyocell produced by Austrian company Lenzing AG. It is an ecological fibre used for ethical clothing by a large number of sustainable clothing brands.

Usually derived from eucalyptus or beech trees, Tencel™ is a cellulose fibre, which is made by dissolving wood pulp and using a special drying process called spinning.
Like cotton & bamboo, Tencel™ is made from plant materials and as a naturally derived fibre, Tencel™ is biodegradable. However manufacturing Tencel™ requires less energy and water than cotton. Also, per cultivated hectar, 10 times more Tencel™ is produced than cotton.

Lenzig AG sources its wood and pulp from certified and controlled sources (sustainably managed plantations).

The solvents used to turn the wood pulp into fibre are made using petrochemicals. But the closed loop process means that the solvent is recycled time and time again to produce new fibres and minimise harmful waste. The solvent recovery rate is 99% according to Lenzig.

Discover our Boyfriend Forward collaboration where one look is made from 100% Tencel™.