If you haven’t heard, the newest healthy environmental breakthrough in bedding and linens is fiber from Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees come from forests as opposed to cotton that comes from farms which 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 who cut Eucalyptus trees above the root bulb allow the trees to grow back to size within just 5 – 8 years.One hundred percent non-toxic solvents are used when converting Eucalyptus pulp to fiber and 99.6% of this solvent is recovered and re-used creating a truly sustainable model of production. This is an astounding reality and is unique to Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell brand eucalyptus! The blending of cotton, which is the most desirable fiber for luxury bedding applications, with eucalyptus fiber is an innovative choice that has had astounding results.
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, since bacteria are normally created by moisture trapped in polyester or cotton fabrics during sleep. In turn, this also lends itself to fewer allergens.
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 its softness. 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!
All of these qualities combine to provide not just a step towards sustainability for the environment, but sustainability for human health and well-being as well.
Think inside the box this time: How many products do you think can be made out of a card board box? Typically, a box’s lifecycle begins when someone has to ship something. They make a box, fill it up, and send it on its way. Once it is received and disposed of, what happens next? Did you know that items like a laptop stand, a desk lamp, a phone case or even a clock can be transformed out of a simple cardboard box? There are so many items that are deemed as “one time use” but can be transformed into other products; we just need to come up with new and creative ways to do so!
The difficult part is finding practical ways to showcase these concepts in a more appealing way. Expanding the mind to discover ways to reduce waste can be easy but how does one know the worth of the water before the well is dry? One theory is to bring luxury to the art of trash – bring deco to eco! As designers, we are the creators of change and we design to inspire ourselves and others. Natural resources are a perfect place to gather fresh inspiration, and if we stay conscious of the consequences of not taking care of our environment, they will be there for us throughout time.
Many companies around the world have discovered ways to bring ethics to aesthetics. It has finally started to make an impression on mass markets across the globe and this is just the beginning! Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell Fibers from Eucalyptus is a prime example of luxury, comfort, and sustainability. The eucalyptus trees come from forests as opposed to farms which require certain levels of pesticides. Eucalyptus trees are known for their quick growth and grow back to full size within just 5 to 8 years. An added benefit is that the actual production process requires 100 times less water than more traditional products like cotton. The use of Eucalyptus trees as a reliable and sustainable fiber source shows us how it is possible to really make a difference by thinking creatively.
The story of Eucalyptus products and Tencel+Plus™ is just one example of how creative thinking can solve almost any problem. Anyone can tell you their own story of what is best for the environment but the truth is, we really need to keep mindful of what resources we are using. Think about what will be disposed of the product after it is used, and how long it will be there.
A Chinese Proverb once said, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” Let’s think about tomorrow today, together.