What is TENCEL™ lyocell?

Lyocell is sustainable fiber made from wood pulp using an advanced spinning process, and TENCEL™ is simply a brand name for a type of lyocell (think Band-Aid to bandages). There are many types of lyocell in the world, but Tencel tops as one of the most innovative types of lyocell.

The creation process of Tencel is unique in that Tencel is created through environmentally sustainable processes from natural raw wood, referred to as “regenerated cellulose”. This is a process by which raw wood is harvested, broken into wood pulp, dissolved in a chemical solvent, and then pushed through an extruder to form the fibers. The result? Fibers that are ultra plush and soft, like little wisps of cloud.

Fabrics made from Tencel Lyocell are recognized for their softness and ecofriendliness. Furthermore, Tencel is famous for its moisture absorption qualities (they’re 70% more absorbent than cotton). Since they’re more breathable and naturally anti-bacterial, they’re the perfect fabric for sleep.

Here are some of the most notable traits about Tencel lyocell:


Tencel fibers are long laster, wrinkle resistant, and easy to take care of.


Incredibly comfortable and silky to the touch, Tencel's softness cannot be beat.

Moisture Absorbant

Tencel has superior moisture wicking abilities to keep your skin cool and comfortable.


Extremely breathable to prevent trapping any sweat during the night.


Naturally anti-bacterial to prevent growth of bacteria and banish unwanted breakouts.


Created in a closed loop process where 99% of water and solvent is reused and recycled.

How is TENCEL™ Sustainable?

Tencel is considered one of the most environmentally sustainable fabric in the world. Not only is Tencel great because it is made from natural plant materials, the manufacturing process of Tencel also requires far less energy and water than cotton. Furthermore, Tencel is biodegradable (extra credit points!).

Let’s take a look at the ways in which Tencel is sustainable, starting at the pulp. The wood and pulp used to create Tencel fabric comes from certified and controlled sources. This means that the wood source will not be over harvested or cause land degradation. The farming of the woods for Tencel requires no irrigation or pesticides. Comparatively, plants like cotton often use an excessive amount of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that causes soil degradation, which reduces water retention capacity and harms the land.

On to the water and solvent. The production process for turning the wood pulp into fiber is done through a closed loop production process, which means that 99% of the water and solvent are reused and recycled again and again to produce new fibers and reduce harmful waste. Unlike cotton and bamboo rayon, which uses various harsh chemicals to break down the pulp, Tencel only uses organic solvents, called amine oxide – which is non-toxic.

This organic solvent is recyclable, which means that the oxide can be reused in the manufacturing process again and again. The production also produces no harmful byproducts, since all the water and solvent is reused instead of being released back into the wild.

The purpose of employing a closed loop production process is to create an ultra eco-sustainable fabric. This process reduces the amount of water and chemicals used, and also minimize runoff as well. The production of Tencel also produces absolutely no harmful byproducts. To compare, for 1/10 of the water it takes to generate cotton fabrics, we are able to generate 10x more Tencel fabric. Cotton takes a vast amount of water and pesticides to grow and releases a lot of chemicals back into the land and water after production, while Tencel is able to minimize the need for this.

Why are TENCEL™ sheets ideal for sleep?

Luxuriously soft and gentle: Tencel is 2x softer than cotton and nonirritating, perfect for people with sensitive skin. Unlike scratchy cotton sheets, Tencel lyocell bed sheets are closer to silk in texture.

Perfect for sensitive skin: Tencel is 3x more breathable than cotton and hypoallergenic, which is great for preventing any sensitivities. It is also non-irritating and antibacterial, great for banishing breakouts and pimples that could be caused from bacterial on the sheets.

Great for hot sleepers: Tencel lyocell is breathable! With 70% more moisture wicking ability than cotton, it helps absorb sweat from the skin.

Environmentally friendly: As you have read above, Tencel is one of the world’s most sustainable materials. Made from a closed loop process where 99% of water and solvents are recycled and reused, it is great for the environment.

Durability: One set of Tencel lyocell bed sheets should last you for the rest of your life if taken care of properly. Tencel sheets wrinkle significantly less than cotton and is ultra easy to take care of. It is easy to wash and less likely to shrink in the wash. Furthermore, it is a very durable fabric that is resistant to breaking down or falling apart over time.

Why should I choose Eucalypso?

We make the highest quality TENCEL™ Lyocell sheets on the market. You will find that not only do we have the highest thread count TENCEL™ sheets on the market, our sheets are also noticeably softer, more breathable, and less prone to pilling. Also, our sheets are some of the most sustainably made sheets that exists out there.

Why is that? Because we've spent a ridiculous amount of time and money on research and development to ensure that we are delivering to you the best quality sheets money can buy. We care about quality and transparency, so we are delivering on our promise to providing you with premium quality good that do not damage the environment.

So what are the other brands of "eucalyptus" sheets doing? Well, you should first ensure to that are selling certified TENCEL™ lyocell products - if they are not, they are likely making an off-brand product that mimics the technology used to make TENCEL™ lyocell. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you will want to ensure that these products can hold up in quality and environmental standards


  • Julie Geel said:

    I have Bamboo sheets do these compare?

    December 17, 2021

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