100% cellulose is the raw material and fundamental component of the modern fibre called Lyocell. It is a fibre derived from nature, but with modern technology it is possible to manufacture man-made Lyocell. A manufacturing process for Lyocell came about thanks to major technological breakthroughs in the fibre industry. It is very old material that has been put to a new use with the help of modern technology.
At Gina Tricot, we only use the Lyocell fibre called TENCEL®.
Primarily, eucalyptus trees are used in the fibre production of TENCEL®. Eucalyptus trees grow very quickly, no irrigation is required and the yield is also very high. Because of this, there are numerous ecological advantages. Furthermore, eucalyptus grows in areas where other types of farming is very difficult, i.e. places where it is not possible to grow food crops or cotton.
During the high tech manufacturing process, eucalyptus wood chips are mixed with water and amine oxide, which dissolve the chips and create wood pulp. The pulp is then spun into fibre by extrusion. The wood chips that are used for TENCEL® manufacturing come from Europe, USA and South Africa. Wood pulp is then manufactured in large, modern facilities located in Austria and the Czech Republic.
This occurs in a closed-loop system, so nearly 100% of the chemicals and water that is used can be recycled! There is also very little spillage from the process. Because of these advantages, we are able to conservatively use the earth's water resources and minimize the use of chemicals.
We use the resulting fibre and fabric to create attractive, comfortable and environmentally friendly TENCEL® garments. TENCEL® garments have many positive characteristics – they are as soft as silk and as cool as linen. The fabric can also absorb a substantial amount of moisture, which is then quickly transported and evaporated so that the temperature level against the skin stays at a pleasant and even level.
During the final phase of a TENCEL® product's life cycle, the fibre can be recycled and it is 99% biodegradable.
TENCEL® is a Lyocell fibre from Lenzing.