With our newest Fall '18 release we have introduced a new fabric called Tencel. If you have experienced it you know that it is soft, lightweight and provides the perfect amount of drape on any product. We have it offered in black, white and also a few heather options. It is the ultimate fabric. We aren't perfect here at GTS but we try our best and try to do good. We are excited to use this fabric because of how it's made!
Tencel is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood pulp. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics, for several reasons. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably.
Unlike many fabrics, Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from trees that are grown on farms—no forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. Just the farms and the pulp produced for Tencel. Tencel eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.
Tencel has some distinct advantages over traditional fibers in terms of chemical processing, which can often be extensive and toxic. For example, Rayon manufacturing generates highly polluting air and water emissions, uses catalytic agents containing cobalt or manganese, and creates a strong, unpleasant odor.
On the other hand, the chemicals used to produce Tencel fibers are nontoxic. In addition, the cellulose or ground wood pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach.
Tencel fibers are spun into yarns and then woven into fabrics that are soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, resistant to wrinkles and drape well.