The TENCEL™ standard refers to a certification program for textiles made from TENCEL™ fibers. TENCEL™ is a branded lyocell and modal fiber produced by the Austrian company Lenzing AG. It is derived from sustainably sourced wood pulp, primarily from eucalyptus trees, and manufactured using an environmentally friendly closed-loop production process.

The TENCEL™ standard ensures that textiles made from TENCEL™ fibers meet specific criteria related to sustainability, quality, and social responsibility. The certification program is administered by Lenzing AG and aims to provide transparency and assurance to consumers and businesses regarding the sustainability and integrity of products made with TENCEL™ fibers.

Key aspects of the TENCEL™ standard include:

Sustainability: TENCEL™ fibers are produced from renewable wood sources, primarily eucalyptus trees. The wood used for production comes from responsibly managed forests and plantations with a focus on minimizing environmental impact.

Closed-loop production: The production process for TENCEL™ fibers is based on a closed-loop system, where the solvent used in the manufacturing process is recycled and reused, resulting in minimal waste and reduced environmental footprint.

Quality and performance: TENCEL™ fibers are known for their high-quality characteristics, including softness, breathability, moisture-wicking properties, and strength. The standard ensures that textiles made from TENCEL™ fibers meet specific quality requirements and performance standards.

Social responsibility: The TENCEL™ standard includes social criteria, promoting fair labor practices, safe working conditions, and compliance with relevant labor laws and regulations. It also emphasizes the importance of transparency and ethical conduct throughout the supply chain.

The certification process for the TENCEL™ standard involves auditing and verification by independent third-party organizations to ensure compliance with the defined criteria. Certified products can display the TENCEL™ logo or label, providing consumers with confidence that the product meets the established sustainability and quality standards.

By choosing products certified with the TENCEL™ standard, consumers can make more informed and sustainable purchasing decisions. The standard reflects Lenzing AG's commitment to responsible and eco-friendly fiber production, contributing to the overall goal of promoting a more sustainable and circular textile industry.