Tencel is a cellulose material made from wood pulp using recyclable solvents. It has a transparent supply chain and is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms. No old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The European Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification has also endorsed Tencel's farming practices as sustainable. This material eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing by using new sustainable technologies. 


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In addition, the cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in a closed loop process like that of Cupro. During this process the solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5% with the tiny amount of remaining emissions decomposed in biological purification plants. Due to the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach and this overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union.

TENCEL® fabric carries the Oeko Tex 100 certification, an international standard developed in 1992 to certify that it contains no harmful substances. It has also been awarded the European Community Eco-label flower for products and services with reduced environmental impacts.

Care: We recommend dry cleaning for best results. However, Tencel can also be hand washed in cold water with a gentle detergent.

1. Submerge the item in cold water and agitate to evenly distribute the detergent.

2. Soak for up to 30 minutes. Rinse well in cold water.

3. Ball up to press out the water. Do not wring, instead roll up in a thick cotton towel to remove the rest of the water.

4. Then reshape and lay flat to air dry.