How is this possible you ask? We are happy to introduce a new healthy environmental breakthrough in bedding and linens - fiber from Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees come from forests as opposed to cotton that comes from farms. Farms require certain levels of pesticides as opposed to a natural forest which requires nothing but sunlight and rain to survive. Eucalyptus trees are known for their quick growth and properly trained foresters cut Eucalyptus trees above the root bulb and see their trees grow back to size within just 5 - 8 years.
As important as responsible farming of these renewable resources, is maintaining efficient and eco-friendly fiber protection. Once a tree has been initially harvested, new trees regenerate. One hundred percent non-toxic solvents are used when converting Eucalyptus pulp to fiber, and 99.6% recovery and re-use of this solvent over and over again creates a truly sustainable model of production.
The ability to produce eucalyptus fiber while having almost complete recovery of the solvent is an astounding reality. This is unique to Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell brand eucalyptus. Nearly 100% of the solvent is recovered and the remaining emissions are broken down in biological water treatment plants. This specialty manufacturing process was presented with the "European Award for the Environment" by the European Union.
Another important environmental aspect is the consumption of water when comparing Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus fiber to other natural fibers. Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus fiber requires 100 times less water than traditional cotton manufacturing. This attention to the water limitations of our planet shows even further effort to conserve our shared environment. In addition, the fiber yield of Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell is ten times higher than with conventional cotton.
With continued attention to worldwide environmental concerns, all eucalyptus fiber for LIVING FRESH® Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell products are harvested from Forestry Stewardship Council -FSC- and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes -PEFC- managed forests. Forests are vital to our earth's continued health due to the oxygen produced by the trees, the ecological haven for living things, the protection given from the elements, as well as the emotional connection humanity has to this important type of topography. The longevity of our world's forests is assured through management programs such as these. It is the responsibility of large companies, like us, to make wise production and manufacturing choices to guarantee long term sustainability of our natural resources and the environment.