TENCEL™ eucalyptus sheets are a great choice for people who want eco-friendly bedding. Both the eucalyptus plants themselves and the TENCEL™ sheet production process are more sustainable than what goes into growing and producing cotton bedding. First, eucalyptus plants are more sustainable—there are so many of them, and they can be grown and harvested without depleting a lot of resources. They also use less water than cotton—for 1/10 the amount of water needed to grow and make cotton sheets, Eucalypso makes 10x more eucalyptus sheets.
The production process for TENCEL™ itself is also more sustainable than that of cotton sheets. TENCEL™ eucalyptus sheets are made using a closed-loop production process, which uses water and one organic solvent to turn wood pulp into fibers. This process reuses and recycles more than 99% of the water and solvent that is used to produce TENCEL™ eucalyptus sheets. These environmentally-friendly practices make TENCEL™ eucalyptus sheets a great eco-conscious bedding choice.
Meanwhile, cotton is not very sustainable. The production of the crop itself uses a huge amount of water—it can take 10,000 liters of water to make one kilogram of cotton fabric. Also, more pesticides and insecticides are used to grow this “thirsty crop” than any other crop, and these chemicals greatly poison the environment. Although there are “organic cotton sheets” that don’t use pesticides, their production still takes a toll on the environment because of the amount of water needed to grow the cotton.
The production process of cotton sheets is also not sustainable. Cotton sheets use toxic solvents which cannot be recycled back into the production process. As a result, they tend to be released into the environment, damaging it even further. So, in contrast to TENCEL™ eucalyptus sheets, cotton sheets harm the environment, and are not a good choice of eco-friendly bedding.