As time progresses, people are increasingly more environmentally conscious and aware of the detrimental effects their decisions on purchases have on the environment. Hence, they actively seek for more environmentally sustainable alternatives in hope that these small changes would make a difference.
So how can we make a difference?
Today, we can easily find a wide variety of bed sheets made from numerous materials, with the most used and easily accessible material named cotton. However, there is a dark side to the production of this fabric that many are unaware of. The significant number of resources required to produce cotton, coupled with the toxic chemicals that is used and disposed takes a toll on mother earth.
The production of cotton requires a large volume of water due to the amount of fresh water needed to grow the crops and for manufacturing products made of cotton. In turn, this causes a strain on our world’s water supply.
Did you know that 20 000 litres of water is required to produce merely 1 kilogram of cotton which is only sufficient to produce one outfit – 1 t-shirt and 1 pair of jeans.
In comparison, the closed-loop production system used to produce Tencel requires significantly less water than cotton as the water is recycled, and the solvent is reused to form new fibres with a recovery rate of more than 99%.
A barren wasteland is left behind from toxic cotton production and manufacturing, making it difficult for locals to continue living at that area. This ruins their livelihood and forces them to relocate somewhere else.
In addition, large portions of land are required to grow cotton crops due to the way they are cultivated.
Tencel, however, uses less land as the Eucalyptus trees from which Tencel is made requires less land than cotton. Not only that, but Eucalyptus trees can also grow efficiently on nearly any type of land, including degraded land of poor conditions.
Polluted water produced from the manufacturing of cotton is often disposed into water bodies – reservoir, rivers, oceans, lakes, and drains. The polluted water often negatively impacts soil quality. As these chemicals are absorbed into the soil, it harms the land, and possibly destructing the habitat of wildlife or locals in that area.
In contrast, Tencel uses fewer toxic chemicals or less chemicals in general. These chemicals are also recycled as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste and toxins released into the environment.
The process of producing Tencel is generally more environmentally friendly and sustainable as compared to cotton. The trademarked fabric is certified biodegradable and gotten from sustainably harvested forests. Yet it has the power to deliver the same amount of comfort and durability as cotton, or even more.
What are you waiting for? Make the environmentally sustainable choice for a better tomorrow!