Tencel® is a trade mark of Lenzing in Austria. Bambi innovate with the fibre and fabric to design and manufacture a range of products including Sheets, Quilts, cushions, Pillows, Mattress Protectors. Many of our Pillows and Toppers also use Tencel based fabric covers for softness as well as aiding with moisture management. Bambi is Australia’s largest manufacturer and wholesaler of Tencel® based products. Available under the brands of Bambi®, NaturaEco®, EcoRenew® and EcoTouch®.
- Luxury: Wonderfully soft against the skin, Botanic Tencel® is derived from plantation timber.
- Planet friendly: Tencel® uses significantly less chemicals and water than cotton in cultivation and production.
- Hot Sleepers: High moisture absorption and dissipation makes Tencel® sheets ideal for hot sleepers.
- Healthy: Tencel® has anti bacterial properties and is included in the National Asthma Council of Australia Sensitive Choice® programme.
The TENCEL® Story
TENCEL® is an award-winning ‘new-age’ fibre which is 100% organic. Made from natural wood cellulose, it originates from the aromatic pulp of sustainably-harvested eucalyptus trees.
TENCEL® is a remarkable environmental achievement: It is derived from a renewable and sustainable raw material, it is manufactured sustainably and it is fully biodegradable, making it a ‘full-cycle’ fibre.
The Source: Eucalyptus Trees
Eucalyptus trees are unique in that they grow very quickly and without any artificial irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers or gene manipulation. They also have the added advantage that they are able to grow on marginal land (i.e. land that cannot be used for food crops or farming).
Incredibly, the fibre yield per acre from the trees used for TENCEL® is up to ten times higher than that of cotton, and the cultivation process for TENCEL® uses 10-20 times less water than cotton.
The Process: Earth Friendly
The revolutionary aspect of the manufacturing of TENCEL® is the recovery and reuse of up to 99.8% of the solvent (which is non-acidic, non-toxic and has been proven to be harmless in dermatological and toxicological tests). The few remaining emissions are broken down in biological water treatment plants.
Unlike the production of many other fibres, bleach is not used in the TENCEL® process. TENCEL® is fully biodegradable and can be recycled time and time again.
The Benefits: Moisture Wicking
Nanofibrils are the key to the performance of TENCEL®. These nanofibrils are hydrophilic, meaning they have a strong attraction to absorb water (in fact TENCEL wicks 50% more moisture than cotton) plus they have excellent cooling properties.
The importance of this is that, each and every night the human body releases up to a litre of water vapour while we sleep. TENCEL® very quickly absorbs this moisture and then wicks it away from the body, leaving the bedding cool, dry and comfortable.
The Benefits: Antibacterial
Because of the tremendous capacity of TENCEL® to absorb moisture, bacteria, which love a moist environment, find it virtually impossible to grow. As displayed below, the growth of bacteria on cotton is approximately 200 times more than on TENCEL®. On synthetic fibres, the increase in bacteria is up to 2,000 times more.
Due to the anti-bacterial properties of TENCEL® it is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin, allergies or asthma. With its cool-feel, incredible softness, and durability TENCEL® is also the perfect bedding fabric for babies and toddlers.
The Benefits: Silky Smooth
Because TENCEL® has controllable fibrillation (very fine hairs found on the outer fibres), the fabric has an incredibly silky-smooth finish and gives a natural cooling sensation to the skin.
The above illustrates the differences between TENCEL®, cotton and wool fibres. While cotton has an irregular, rough surface, TENCEL® is smooth and supple, meaning that the material will drape like silk… and feel like heaven.
The Benefits: Easy Care
Because it is 100% natural, TENCEL® is soft, supple, durable and flexible. Bambi’s TENCEL® bedding products are odourless, pre-shrunk, and easy care (simply machine wash and tumble dry on low heat). When washing, there’s no need for fabric softener or whitening agents.
With TENCEL® bedding you can sleep in a naturally dry, healthy, silky- smooth environment… all while helping to take care of our environment.
Bambi – The Natural Bedding Innovators
Bambi , a 100% Australian-owned and operated company based on the Central Coast of NSW, are widely regarded as the Natural Innovators in Bedding and use many natural fibres including wool, alpaca, corn fibre, bamboo, cotton, and of course, TENCEL®.
In fact, Bambi are proud to say that we were the first to introduce TENCEL® into the bedding marketplace nearly a decade ago. Today, the fibre is widely recognised as the softest, most absorbent & healthiest option for bed linen.