What is Tencel?
TENCEL™ lyocell is the fabric made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is a type of tree that grows in abundance, so they are a very environmentally sustainable source of fiber.
TENCEL™ fibers are produced from the pulp of eucalyptus wood and made from sustainably sourced wood which are FSC & PEFC certified. TENCEL™ lyocell is considered to be one of the most sustainable fabrics of modern technology. Considerably more eco-friendly than both cotton and bamboo, TENCEL™ also far surpasses the standards of comfort for sheets.
Eucalypso products are made from 100% TENCEL™ lyocell from eucalyptus trees. We use authentic certified TENCEL™ manufactured by Lenzing Fibers milled from Austria, so we guarantee you the best in quality.
What is Bamboo (Rayon)?
The majority of bamboo sheets on the market are made of bamboo rayon, a type of textile made from cellulosic fibers. Bamboo plants are crushed into pulp and then through a chemical process, distilled into fibers to be spun into textile.
The benefit of bamboo is that, like eucalyptus, they grow in abundance. This makes them a great candidate for a sustainable type of fiber, since they rarely face the issue of over harvesting.
The chemical process of creating Bamboo Rayon is extremely harsh and can be very damaging to the environment. It involves using a caustic soda or lye to “cook” the bamboo in a complicated process. The chemical solvent used in this process has been listed as corrosive and harmful to the environment.
What is Cotton?
Cotton is the most widely produced natural fiber on the planet, and by far the most popular type of textile used for bed sheets. Cotton sheets can come in a variety of forms, like Pima cotton and Egyptian cotton, as well as cotton blends.
Cotton is one of the thirstiest and dirtiest crops in the world. It is an extremely water intensive crop, which can have a very damaging effect on surrounding areas. It is common to drain local reserves and over irrigate surrounding water ways in order to fuel the growth of cotton. Additionally, cotton planting requires a lot of pesticides (25% of the world’s supply of pesticides!), which can run off into local water supplies and leech into the soil, creating a damaging effect on the environment.
Since the rise of more environmentally friendly sheets, cotton sheets are slowly going out of style. Though they are still the popular choice, more and more consumers are starting to choose alternatives that are not so damaging to the environment.