Soft long sleeved printed shirt made from Tencel by ethical and eco-conscious Cologne based label, Armed Angels
Tencel® is the brand name for Lyocell, a form of rayon. It is an award-winning eco-fibre made from tree cellulose farmed on wasteland. It is highly economical in its use of energy and natural resources, it is bio-degradable and it looks and feels great. It’s made from wood pulp, so it’s also recyclable. Not all Lyocell fabric is made from sustainable wood, though, so check labels carefully, and as usual, try to find a product that’s been dyed with a low-chemical or vegetable colourant. As with many materials, Tencel production uses chemicals in the pulping process, but this is done in a 'closed-loop' system, so is benign – the thing that makes Tencel special is the recovery and reuse of up to 99.8 percent of the solvent used in that process, and the remaining emissions are broken down in biological water treatment plants. In fact, the solvent is not acidic, does not remain in the fibre, and has been proven harmless in dermatological and toxicological tests.