What is Tencel Bedding?
After a long day of work, is there anything better than climbing into a clean and comfy bed? The crisp, cool sheets and soft pillow are the perfect way to encourage a good night sleep – but when it comes to choosing the sheets, what material is best?
For centuries, the go-to option was always cotton but in recent years an increasing number of sleepers have been opting to use Tencel material in their bedding… but is it right for you?
What is it?
In the fabric world, Tencel is a relative newcomer – first being created back in 1972. Since then it has become one of the most popular choices for fabric use, particularly bedding, thanks to its incredible softness.
Unlike traditional materials which are woven from fibres that have come from the cotton plant, Tencel is instead made using fibres created from the mashed and spun pulp of eucalyptus wood. This method helps to make Tencel a highly sustainable and eco-friendly solution to traditional cotton. By using eucalyptus trees, instead of cotton plants, cultivators are able to remain more environmentally friendly by reducing the use of pesticides.
Cotton also requires a large amount of energy and water to be produced, which is a common criticism of the trade. Tencel on the other hand needs very little water and energy to be produced and the process requires non-toxic and organic solvents too which is completely recovered during the manufacturing process.
What makes it suitable for bedding?
Thanks to the sustainability of the manufacturing process, using Tencel in clothing and bedding is a popular choice for the more eco-conscious consumer - but it also provides a number of benefits over more traditional materials too.
Primarily, the unrivalled softness is one of the most popular reasons customers are opting to switch to Tencel bedding. The smooth surface is not only comfortable but it is also non-irritating and anti-static, which makes it friendly to people who suffer from allergies or sensitive skin. Many customers mistakenly compare thread count between materials – but a 300 thread cotton quilt is not necessarily as comfortable as a 200 thread Tencel quilt.
It’s also what is known as a hydrophilic material, which means it helps to absorb moisture away from the body, keeping you cooler at night and the bedding cleaner. These properties also help to make the material incredibly easy to dye and design; allowing for bolder and more vibrant colours than other fabrics can offer.
Not only that, but Tencel is also a highly durable material and is able to keep its shape; no matter how many times you wash it. This makes them a longer-lasting solution and its unique crease-free properties will also mean you can reduce the time spent ironing them! The material is also less likely to thin and wear out compared to the more traditional bedding materials.
So which should you choose?
Well, the choice is entirely down to you. If you are more eco-conscious and want to use materials that are environmentally friendly then Tencel is a very comfortable, green solution for your bedroom. It can however be a little more expensive than other materials though – although in the long run its durable properties could mean you need to purchase new bedsheets less often.
There’s nothing quite like a good night sleep so whatever you choose, make sure it’s right for you. If possible, feel the different materials in your hands before purchasing and select the one the feels most comfortable to you.