Facts – Lyocell
One of the downsides to growing cotton is the enormous water consumption needed in the process. An alternative is organic cotton but yet a better one is Lyocell – called Tencel when manufactured by Lenzing AG – made from the wood pulp of the eucalyptus plant. Unlike Koalas we’re not into eucalyptus for its taste but because once processed into Lyocell it has the touch and feel of ultra smooth cotton. Many brands are starting to use Lyocell in their production, among them Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang – offering products like the lovely black skinny and the grey shirt above. A quirky fact on the side: Just like your favorite organic cotton shirt, your future Lyocell one is 100 percent biodegradable. Maybe soon you´ll even be able to eat it.
But there´s even more to this environmentally friendly fabric: Non-toxic solvents are used during the production that can be recovered almost entirely and evaporating water is reused during the washing process. And Eucalyptus is a very fast growing plant and renewable resource that doesn’t need bleaching before being processed. Thus only few chemicals have to be used during production. Thumps up!
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Selected SFGLORIA jacket, Made from 100% Lyocell, Click here to buy!
Text: Tanita Hecking
Source: ‘Sustainable Fashion and Textiles – Design Journey’ book by Kate Fletcher, 2014