To say we have a crush with Lenzing would underestimate our affection for the company. They’re without a doubt, the most sustainable regenerated cellulose fiber company in the world and a leading international figure for the entire sustainable textile market!
For our first solo clothing line, we wanted to make a huge sustainability splash, so we decided to work with Lenzing’s Tencel. While that might not mean a lot to most people, trust us, it means a lot to the planet!
While, no fiber process in the world is actually 100% sustainable, Tencel gets pretty darn close. We were so interested in its sustainability properties, we decided to make a comprehensive Tencel guide that explores everything you need to know about Tencel and its sister rayon fibers. Below are just some of the cliff notes.
- Tencel is derived from mostly eucalyptus and beech trees which are 100% sustainable and grown in FSC certified forests.
- The end fiber of Tencel is 100% biodegradable/compostable.
- The chemicals used in the making of Tencel are 99% recyclable and the remaining 1% easily degrades in the wastewater treatment process.
- Tencel has a better water footprint compared to both polyester and cotton.
While Tencel is an amazing fiber, what separates Lenzing from the rest are the sustainability initiatives they have put in place at their facilities. They not only make the company more green but also benefit Tencel’s overall Life Cycle Assessment.
- Nearly 100% of the energy needed to power their Czech Republic and Austria factories come from from renewable energy.
- They only buy from FSC certified forests and many of the forests are located in the same regions are their factories.
- Lenzing’s Tencel production creates an energy surplus. They sell the surplus back to the grid.
- Lenzing has created a new kind of Tencel technology that uses cellulose fabric scraps from cutting room floors.