Tencel is made of wood pulp. The wood for making Tencel is sourced from specially managed, sustainable forests. These forests can be recognized by the FSC seal, which stands for responsible forestry. The trees are cut, the bark is removed, and then the bare tree trunks are chopped into tiny pieces no larger than a post stamp.
These pieces end up in big container filled with a chemical solution. This solution turns the woodchips into a fluid. The threats from this fluid are eventually processed into yarn.
Although chemicals are being used, they do not end up in nature. They are continuously reused for the same process. As a textile, Tencel feels great. It is not sticky because it does not absorb moisture, which makes it feel cool against the skin. Tencel is as soft as silk and as strong as polyester.