How to Shop for Eco-Friendly Clothes - Part 2: Try TENCEL or Lyocell
Posted Mar 04 2011 9:49am
If we were to separate clothing into categories , somewhere in between natural fibers like cotton or hemp and man-made petroleum fibers like polyester, we'd find Lyocell , " a natural cellulose " product. Lyocell is made by processing wood pulp into fiber so it can be woven into fabric and sewn into socks, underwear, pants, and blouses, among many other fashion options.
The U.S. has an extremely high average fiber consumption per capita, approximately 41.8 kg per year compared to the international average of 10.5 kg per year. Clearly, how we choose to spend our money on clothing directly affects the environment. The next time you are faced with a choice between TENCEL® and cotton, choose the most eco-friendly option: TENCEL®.
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You can learn more about Tencel if you read this interview with Coral Rose , who has been a featured speaker at events such as The ECO-SHOW, All Things Organic (ATO), and Texworld-New York, to name a few. In this article Coral points out how rare it is to find a company that answers the questions “what is the source of our raw materials? [and] Where were the materials harvested, processed, produced?” Her opinion on the environmental impact of fiber growing and production is that Lenzing Modal and Tencel come out on top.
Modal Modal, which is also manufactured by Lenzing, is made from beech trees. Modal is highly absorbent and, like Tencel, resists fading. 100% Modal is most often made into towels or bedding, though it blends very well with cotton and is another great choice for clothing.