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.