I am a no fuss, jeans a tee kinda gal. If it’s itchy or constrictive, count me out. Texture is where it’s at, in my book. So softness? It’s everything. I’ve already told you how much I love bamboo for its softness.
Well guess what? I’ve found a fabric that is actually just as soft and even more sustainable! Let’s hear it for Tencel!
Tencel, also known as lyocell (kinda like Band-Aid vs adhesive bandage, Tencel is technically the brand name) is a fiber made from cellulose found in wood pulp.
When I hear the word “wood,” I think of scratchy and rough, like maybe burlap? Tencel is anything but. It’s actually known for its drape. It’s silky soft, flattering, and airy. If I were to compare it to bamboo, I’d say it’s a slightly more luxurious version. It feels a little thinner and more delicate, a little silkier.
Tencel is also wrinkle resistant, which makes this mama who sometimes maybe forgets to take the laundry out of the dryer right away a very, very happy woman.
Tencel, similar to bamboo, is more absorbent than cotton. 50% more absorbent, to be exact. That makes it breathable and awesome for activewear. I’ve noticed lots of denim and chambray items are also made with Tencel, too, and I love this! So genius to get that perfect drape in a denim!
Possibly the most exciting thing about this fabric is just how sustainable it is.
There are tons of nitty gritty production specifics that I won’t get into here, but what they boil down to is that Tencel is 99% recycled while the fabric is being manufactured. It creates minimal waste products, and the ones it does are considered harmless. It’s fully biodegradable (ahem, polyester). The fiber actually will fully degrade within 8 days in a waste treatment plant.
I am super excited to have found this fabric, and the price point is awesome! Right now I have this one top in my boutique and am on the hunt for more gorgeous Tencel pieces to add for fall!