The choice to blend cotton, which is the most desirable fiber for luxury bedding applications, with eucalyptus fiber is an innovative choice that has had astounding results. We researched the manufacturing processes of numerous natural fibers before committing product development funds towards fiber from eucalyptus for the LIVING FRESH® bedding line. As a result, Valley Forge chose to partner with Lenzing AG from Austria and developed our exclusive eucalyptus fiber, Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell, which is the only fiber from eucalyptus engineered for hospitality.
Eucalyptus is most popular for its ability to clear congestion due to colds, coughs, flu, asthma sinusitis, as well as relieve muscle tension. While luxury spas and elite skin care manufacturers use eucalyptus in their skin care products, LIVING FRESH® with Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell is the first hospitality bedding material engineered to promote relaxation and well being during sleep. Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell actually absorbs moisture and releases it away from the body, creating a dry and cool sleeping atmosphere. This moisture reduction reduces bacteria without any additional chemicals or additives as bacteria are normally created by moisture trapped in polyester or cotton fabrics during sleep. In turn, this also lends itself to fewer allergens. All of these qualities combine to provide not just a step towards sustainability for the environment, but sustainability to human health and well-being as well. Another wonderful aspect of LIVING FRESH® is the soft hand. Unlike other natural fibers, LIVING FRESH® with Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell does not require the use of fabric softeners to maintain a soft hand.
This is a win for the bottom line of the hotel laundry bill as well as not having any extra chemicals from softeners filter into our water systems. In addition, the LIVING FRESH® products' unique combination of Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus and cotton require less pressing during maintenance than more traditional natural fibers such as 100% cotton or any combinations involving hemp or bamboo.