The Ultimate Guide to TENCEL™ Fibre & Lyocell Fabric: Everything You Need To Know About TENCEL™
If you’ve shopped for anything made of fabric lately (whether it’s clothing or bedding), chances are you’ve come across TENCEL™. Touted as the fabric of the future, TENCEL™ has increasingly gained popularity within the eco-fashion industry. You’ve probably also seen a bunch of claims tied to it, with promises of the fibre being incredibly silky soft, luxurious, breathable, hypoallergenic, and environmentally sustainable.
Since there are many products that contain TENCEL™ fibres sold on the island, looking for the perfect bed sheets (using TENCEL™ fibres) can get a bit difficult. The fact that not all TENCEL™ branded sheets are made the same makes it hard for consumers to pick the best bed sheets that will meet their needs.
To help make the decision-making process easier for you or if you’re wondering, but what is TENCEL™? Wonder no more. We’ve put together an article to help demystify this fabric.
Before we move on to sharing tips on how to pick out the best bed sheets in Singapore, we’ll dive deep into everything you need to know about TENCEL™.
Table of Contents
Brief History of Fibres Go to section
What is TENCEL™? Go to section
Comparison between TENCEL™ Lyocell vs Cotton vs Silk vs Bamboo vs Linen Go to section
Factors to Consider When Choosing Bed Sheets Go to section
How Weavve Produces Our Sheets Go to section
Brief History Of Fibres
Invention timeline of different fibres
The history of fibres is almost as old as human civilisation. Fabric creation began in ancient times and traces of natural fibres have been found in ancient civilisation all over the globe. For many thousand years natural fibres such as flax, cotton, silk, wool, and plant fibres have served man’s textile needs. Beginning in the 1700s, improvements in machines for spinning, weaving and finishing revolutionised the processing of fibres.
With improved transportation and communication, the manufacture of textiles spread to other parts of the world and was adapted to meet local needs and capabilities. In the 18th and 19th centuries, innovators developed synthetic fabrics to overcome some of the inherent limitations of natural fibres. Cotton and linen wrinkle easily, silk requires delicate handling, and wool shrinks. Man-made fibres made it possible to add antimicrobial properties, wrinkle resistance, broader aesthetic range, dyeing capabilities, colorfastness, greater comfort and a host of other performance improvements at lower costs.
Natural fibres are derived from animals or plants, while man-made fibres are produced from chemicals to create fabrics like polyester, rayon, acrylic, and many others.
1. Natural Fibres and Fabrics
Natural fibres come from plants, animals and geological processes (minerals). These fibres are usually staple fibres; which means the fibres are individually separate, distinct, and may be of any composition. Cotton and wool are examples of short staple fibres, sourced from the cotton plant and sheep respectively.
Although silk is a natural fibre, it consists of filaments, which are long, continuous fibres that can be up to a kilometre in length. Some types of natural fibres and where they come from include:
- Cotton comes from the cotton plant
- Wool comes from sheep
- Linen comes from from the flax plant
- Silk comes from silkworms
- Metal and asbestos fibres come from minerals
Composites with natural fibers have advantages such as lower density, better thermal insulation, and reduced skin irritation. They also produce fabrics which are lightweight and soft in texture.
The discovery of flax and wool fabrics at excavation sites of the Swiss lake dwellers is probably the oldest indication of fibre use. The invention and cultivation of silkworms for raw-silk production as well as methods to spin silk date from 2640 BCE.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Industrial Revolution encouraged further invention of machines for use in processing various natural fibres. This resulted in an upsurge in fibre production. New fibre plants were also discovered and their use explored, this led to the introduction of man-made fibres.
2. Semi-Synthetic Fibres and Fabrics
Semi-synthetic fibres are made from natural raw materials and are only modified and partially degraded by chemical processes. Most semi-synthetic fibres are cellulose regenerated fibres, the earliest of which is rayon, also known as viscose. Mankind has been trying to imitate luxurious materials like silk for more than 100 years.
Georges Audemars, a Swiss chemist, invented the first artificial silk around 1855 by dipping a needle into liquid mulberry bark pulp and gummy rubber to make threads, but the method was too slow to be practical. Starting in 1905, Viscose was the first generation, followed by Modal in the 1950s and finally, Lyocell is the latest generation of semi-synthetic fibres.
Some examples of cellulose fibres that are regenerated from natural cellulose include:
- Rayon mainly comes from wood pulp
- Modal often comes from beech trees
- Bamboo viscose comes from bamboo grass
- Seacell comes from seaweed
- Lyocell mainly comes from eucalyptus trees
3. Synthetic Fibres And Fabrics
Synthetic fibres are fibres that are chemically produced, and often have many different qualities, some of which are not achievable with natural fibres. For example, synthetic fabrics can be made waterproof for outer protection or elastic for swimwear. Chemicals can be added to make fabrics softer, wrinkle-free, stain-resistant or even flame resistant. A synthetic fabric, when magnified, looks like plastic spun together.
Some examples include of synthetic fabrics include:
Nylon, dubbed the miracle fibre, was invented in September 1931 at the research laboratory of DuPont Company. The discovery of Nylon started a new era of manufactured fibres. Common synthetic fibres found in the market are polyester and nylon. Although both materials are plastic compounds derived from petroleum, nylon is stronger and more stretchable than polyester.
As Nylon is completely made of synthetic materials obtained from petrochemicals, it is very different from Rayon and Lyocell which are made up of cellulosic material of plants. In the next part, we will dive deeper into semi synthetic fibres, with a focus on TENCEL™ lyocell and how they are made.
What is TENCEL™?
The first thing you should know is that TENCEL™ is a brand name, such as Velcro for example. Produced by Austrian textile company Lenzing AG, TENCEL™ is the brand name for its range of semi-synthetic fibres such as modal and lyocell. There is a huge difference between TENCEL™ branded lyocell and other types of generic lyocell (more on this later). First, let’s backtrack a little and understand more about the company behind them: Lenzing.
1. Background of Lenzing
Founded in 1938, Lenzing was already an important site for pulp and paper production before World War II. The geographical location in the heart of Europe and access to important resources facilitated its development. However, this production soon collapsed in 1945 due to a shortage of raw materials towards the end of the war.
Fortunately, the Lenzing viscose plant survives the war without any major damage. Between 1945 to 1970, with the approval of the Allied forces and the support of Austria’s banks, Lenzing was once again able to live up to its role as a supplier of raw materials to the expanding textile industry. After several years of research and development, Lenzing launched the first modal fibre in 1965.
Environmental protection was still largely a foreign concept in the late 1960s. All over the globe, including Lenzing, the operations of viscose plants contributed to both water and air pollution. Nevertheless, there was a growing awareness that this had to change.
During 1970 to 1990, growing awareness for the environment brought the pulp, paper, and cellulose fibre industry into disrepute. Lenzing reacted by establishing an environmental department to continue working on the concepts of the biorefinery and closed production cycles.
After a few years, Lenzing successfully launched a waste air purification system as well as Austria’s largest wastewater treatment plant into operation. While one viscose fibre producer after the other shut down in Europe the United States, Lenzing secured its position in the market.
After years of preparatory research, Lenzing started construction of its first lyocell pilot plant in 1990, thereby launching a new chapter in the company’s history. From 1990 to 2000, Lenzing discovered and made great progress in the field of lyocell technology. This went on to become the onset of a true revolution in the world of botanical cellulose fibres.
Lenzing currently holds 1,274 patent applications and patents for a total of 215 patent groups in 49 countries.
2. Range of Lenzing Products
Lenzing’s core market is wood-based cellulose fibres, they manufacture viscose, modal, and lyocell. TENCEL™ is Lenzing's flagship brand for textiles using Lenzing modal and lyocell fibres. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibres are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources. VEOCEL™ branded fibres are used to craft nonwovens, making them an ideal ingredient for sanitary and baby care products, facial sheet masks, cosmetic pads, and all other kinds of wet and dry wipes.
Although the manufacturing process of modal is very similar to that of viscose, modal fibres are put through extra processing to stretch them, generating a fibre with slightly different properties. Compared to viscose, modal is lighter, finer, stronger and more flexible.
This makes modal ideal for athletic clothing or for uses in which the fabric is going to be treated more harshly. That being said, modal is usually too thin and airy to make for good bedding products.
One of Lenzing’s goals is to create enhanced transparency along the value chain and create a sustainable and eco-friendly production process for each of their innovations. In the next section, we will explore the manufacturing process of TENCEL™ and how it is better for the environment.
3. Sustainable Manufacturing Processes of Lenzing fibres
Lenzing fibres are made of cellulose, the core component of all plants on earth. The manufacturing process starts with wood procurement for pulp production and ultimately ends with the products for the consumers. More than 99 percent of the wood comes from sustainable forestry and It is certified or controlled according to FSC® and / or PEFC™. Besides using wood that is sustainably sourced, Lenzing is also actively involved in the protection of endangered forests and primeval forests.
The production consists of mainly closed cycles in the pulp and fibre production for chemicals, water and energy. The used process water is purified in efficient wastewater treatment plants. Raw material wood is used by the biorefinery sites in an optimal way that produces both pulp for the fibres, and biorefinery products and co-products. By making use of the energy stored in the wood, Lenzing’s biorefineries are completely energy self-sufficient and are not dependent on additional energy purchases.
Lenzing fibres are scientifically proven to be sustainable in a life cycle assessment done by Utrecht University. The assessment evaluated every stage and certified that all 3 of Lenzing fibres had performed exceptionally well through the stages.
4. Types of TENCEL™ fibres
As noted earlier, TENCEL™ is Lenzing's flagship brand for textiles using modal and lyocell fibres. Both lyocell and modal fibre are neither synthetic nor is it a fully natural fibre. It is something in between; a semi-synthetic fibre with natural botanic origins.
TENCEL™ can be used in many different products such as denim, activewear, intimates, footwear, luxury fashion, and home. Its fibres are also being used in materials for designers and retailers including Ted Baker, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s and by sustainable fashion brands such as People Tree.
TENCEL™ Modal fibres are mainly made from beech wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests in Austria and neighbouring countries. Modal is the 2nd generation of regenerated cellulose fibres (viscose/rayon being the 1st gen and lyocell being the 3rd gen) and was first developed by Lenzing who has the trademark for it. However many manufacturers are now making their versions.
Modal is made using a slightly different process to lyocell. The main difference between Modal and Lyocell comes down to the manufacturing process and the structure of the filament. Lyocell production uses a non-toxic organic compound that is easier to filter and re-use in a closed loop process which makes it better for the environment. This is a big and crucial difference, making lyocell fibre the most eco-friendly out of the three.
Due to the difference in production method, the internal structure of the Lyocell fibre is also more uniform which further improves its ability to absorb moisture.
Modal shares a lot of similarities with lyocell when it comes to softness, comfort, breathability and moisture absorption. However, the main difference is that Modal has a slightly more delicate touch and feel and is often made into lighter and thinner fabrics compared to lyocell.
Generic lyocell is often made from wood pulp from oak and birch trees. Whereas, TENCEL™ lyocell fibres are mainly made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus wood that is harvested from natural forests and sustainably managed tree farms. Eucalyptus trees are fast-growing and require no toxic pesticides and very little water to thrive. Lenzing is very committed to the ethical sourcing of their wood and fabrics comes with forest certification for their pulp production.
The eucalyptus tree trunks are chopped into small wood chips which are then soaked in a non-toxic organic solution to break the pulp down into a paste. This paste is then ejected under high pressure from a special spinneret nozzle to form fibre threads.
The threads are eventually processed into yarn which is then woven to make lyocell fabric. The water and more than 99% of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of TENCEL™ Lyocell are recycled, making Lenzing fibre production the most eco-friendly of all cellulose regenerated fibres.
Not all lyocell are made equal, there is a difference between TENCEL™ branded lyocell by Lenzing and other types of generic lyocell. For a product to carry the Tencel trademark and Lenzing TENCEL™ certification, it must contain at least 30% of the Lenzing fibres.
Advantages and Disadvantages of TENCEL™ Lyocell
After knowing the different types of TENCEL™ fibres produced by Lenzing, it is also important to analyse the advantages of using TENCEL™ Lyocell as well as disadvantages.
- Eucalyptus grows on arid land, on which it’s impossible to plant other crops.
- Wood comes from certified responsibly managed forest.
- Requires no irrigation water.
- Grows without the need for insecticides or pesticides.
- Easy to dye and wash.
- Comfortable and soft.
- Excellent moisture management.
- Great for sensitive skin
- Naturally anti-bacterial
A major disadvantage is that Lyocell is presently not as cost-efficient as other fibres such as cotton. However, we believe that the pros outweigh the cons and the con of cost-efficiency can be improved over time.
Benefits Of TENCEL™ Lyocell
TENCEL™ Lyocell is one of the best environmental choices when it comes to bed sheets. As an alternative to cotton, our lyocell sheets are made from 100% pure Lenzing lyocell fibres, spun into fine yarns that is then weaved to produce high-quality fabric.
Let’s get to the good stuff - what makes TENCEL™ lyocell so awesome? Does it smell like eucalyptus? Unfortunately, your Weavve TENCEL™ bedding does not carry the scent of eucalyptus trees (you can always spritz some Sleep Spray to help you relax and drift off to sleep!) but it will offer many other valuable benefits:
1. Silky Soft + Strong
Thanks to the natural structure of the lyocell fibre, TENCEL™ is most well known for how it feels - exceptionally silky and smooth on the skin. Long fibres are also used when weaving the sheets resulting in a smoother surface that is not only comfortable but beneficial to those with sensitive or easily-irritated skin. TENCEL™ is also strong and durable which makes it easy to maintain.
2. Improved Breathability + Moisture-Wicking Properties
TENCEL™ lyocell stands out as an extremely breathable and absorbent fabric. It’s ideal for warm sleepers as lyocell fabric can wick excess moisture away quickly, keeping the body cool during sleep in a wide variety of climates. Perfect moisture management also reduces bacteria proliferation without the need for any chemical additives. As a naturally derived fibre, TENCEL™ lyocell is also hypoallergenic and biodegradable.
3. Less Wrinkling + Fading
An additional favourite feature of TENCEL™ lyocell is that it is less prone to wrinkling and less vulnerable to fading with regular washing. It is also less likely to shrink and not prone to becoming thin overtime. As TENCEL™ lyocell is a strong fibre with a higher dry and wet tensile strength (compared to silk and modal), it is capable of keeping 85% of its dry tenacity under wet conditions, allowing the fibres to retain their shape. This makes Lyocell sheets quick to dry and fairly easy to iron and care for.
Comparison between TENCEL™ Lyocell and Other Fibres
Over the years, man-made fibres have increasingly grown in popularity. Although synthetic fibres are known for better durability and cheaper manufacturing, they require a complex processing procedure and the use of chemicals. With this, there have been many debates between the benefits of semi/synthetic vs natural textiles and which is considered superior.
Today, the range of bed linen, mattresses and pillows are mind-boggling. Unlike mattresses and pillows that come with technical drawings of spring and memory foam layers, together with cooling materials, buying a quilt cover or fitted sheet can be pretty confusing given the lack of useful information.
Let’s get down to the good stuff - so what's the best material for bed sheets? We break down the benefits of each type of bedding to ensure you get a great night's sleep every time you hit the sack.
When it’s time to shop for bed sheets, there's one important factor to consider before you dive deep into thread counts and that’s finding out which fabric best suits your sleep preference. Not sure where to start? We've outlined the pros and cons for the five main options - TENCEL™ Lyocell, cotton, silk, bamboo, and linen.
What is TENCEL™ material? A natural and sustainable material taking the bedding world by storm is TENCEL™ lyocell. It is made from wood cellulose, often obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms (meaning no koalas are harmed or displaced by the production of this material). The process used to grow and create TENCEL™ fibres is the most eco-friendly out of all semi-synthetic fibres, and has won awards for its low environmental impact.
TENCEL™ by Lenzing eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fibre manufacturing by using innovative sustainable technologies. No nasty chemicals or water-wasting irrigation systems are needed to grow eucalyptus trees, making TENCEL™ lyocell sheets biodegradable and sustainable. TENCEL™ lyocell fibre is naturally hypoallergenic, and a great regulator of temperature. TENCEL™ bed sheets are also strong and durable which makes it easy to maintain.
Thanks to the natural structure of the lyocell fibre, bed linen made from TENCEL™ fibres is most well known for how it feels - exceptionally silky smooth and cool on the skin. This is great for hot sleepers and best for humid climates. Long fibres are also used when weaving Weavve TENCEL™ fibre sheets which results in a smoother surface that is not only comfortable but also beneficial to those with sensitive or easily-irritated skin.
An additional favourite feature of TENCEL™ fibres is that it is less prone to wrinkling and less vulnerable to fading with regular washing. It is also less likely to shrink and not prone to becoming thin over time. As TENCEL™ lyocell is a strong fibre with a higher dry and wet tensile strength (compared to silk and modal), it is capable of keeping 85% of its dry tenacity under wet conditions, allowing the fibres to retain their shape.
Cotton is the most popular fibre for bedding, but it's also one of the most diverse so it is good to know what you're looking for.
At the very top is Egyptian cotton, it is famous for producing very fine threads that are spun into luxurious sheets. The fibres are classified as extra-long staple cotton. However, these come only from a particular Egyptian cotton plant, the Gossypium Barbadense, not all types of cotton from Egypt. This plant produces cotton fibres longer than 34mm.
The Gossypium Barbadense is not just grown in Egypt. In fact, there are other sources like Pima cotton from Peru, and Xinjiang cotton from China.
In assessing your various options for quality bedding, rather than just looking for Egyptian cotton, go for extra-long staple fibres, or in its absence, long staple fibres.
Extra-long staple cotton has these advantages:
- Comfort - few, longer fibres are required to form threads. These threads are finer and smoother as they have fewer interruptions.
- Durability - extra-long staple cotton fibres are strong, and the fewer interruptions there are in the yarn the stronger the sheet is. These fibres also pill less and retain their colour longer.
Also, look for labels and information that what you're buying is 100% extra-long staple cotton, as different qualities of fibres can be mixed together to make a single sheet.
Read our article on TENCEL™ vs Cotton.
Silk is well-known for its antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties making it an ideal fabric for bedding, especially for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin.
There are two main types available: tussah silk and cultivated mulberry silk. The latter produces smooth, fine-textured bed sheets that are extremely durable. On the contrary, bedding made with tussah silk has a shorter shelf life and a coarser texture.
When buying silk sheets, you should factor in momme weight, which is the traditional measurement that indicates quality for silk. As a rule of thumb, the higher the momme weight, the better the quality. Most good-quality silk bedding ranges between 19-25 mommes.
As with all silk products, caring for silk isn't exactly a breeze. It requires hand washing or a cool wash and gentle spin cycle to keep the fabric in tip-top condition. While silk bed sheets probably aren't considered family-friendly, beauty experts live by the virtues of silk pillow cases for reducing everything from rosacea, to frizz and wrinkles.
Read our article on TENCEL™ vs Silk.
Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing plant. As such, bamboo bedding isn't just sustainable, it's considered environmentally-friendly to produce, requiring no pesticides to grow and using less water than cotton production. However, it is important to note that bamboo does have to undergo intensive chemical processes to turn it from raw bamboo pulp into yarn. Bamboo bed sheets are soft, cool, hypoallergenic and antibacterial, making it a popular pick.
While there are a few ways to chemically create bamboo fibres, the most common process is the viscose process which requires hydrolysis alkalisation and several phases of bleaching. After being washed and soaked, these fibres are then spun into threads which are spun further into bamboo fibre yarns. The bamboo fibre yarns are then weaved into bamboo fabrics.
Read our article on TENCEL™ vs Bamboo
If you've been finding it hard to sleep on hot and humid nights, linen bed sheets may be a good option. Linen is woven from flax fibres and has a hollow core. It boasts both high air permeability and heat conductivity properties which means it can keep you cool when you're hot, and warm when you're cold.
Linen is a highly breathable fabric that can absorb up to 20 percent of its weight in moisture before feeling damp. Pure linen bedding is also considered a family-friendly option as linen naturally repels dirt and bacteria, however, linen is typically quite expensive. Also, if you are looking for bed sheets that are silky smooth, linen may not be the option for you as it is coarser in texture.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Bed Sheets
Sleep is such an integral part of our lives. After a long day, all we want is to reward ourselves with a good night’s rest and many don’t mind investing good money to buy great sleep. How often do you buy a brand new bed linen set?
Are you the spontaneous type who has the urge to switch things up after seeing images of beautiful interiors on Instagram? Are you too busy to think much about bed linen and just make do? Or maybe you are the type to wait to replace your sheets when they’re worn and old?
No matter which category you fall into, there are several useful things to know about how to buy bed sheets in order to spend your money wisely and save time and effort.
Besides choosing the material that best suits your lifestyle, here are 5 simple steps to help you achieve a great night’s sleep.
1. Know the measurement of your mattress, duvet and pillows
Firstly, note down the exact measurements of your mattress and all your bedding (duvets and pillows) before taking the plunge to buy. Even though we’re familiar with King, Queen, Super Single and Single sizes, every manufacturer’s dimensions are slightly different.
Mattresses also have various heights. The trend today is for thicker mattresses, where multiple layers have been engineered together to give greater comfort. Make sure your fitted sheet has sufficient depth for your mattress. The last thing you want is pretty sheets that do not fit.
2. Understand thread count
Think about this: Only that many pieces of thread can fit into a specific space. With bedding, the maximum number of threads is around 600. How then do brands achieve those huge numbers?
Knowing that thread count has a huge influence on the consumer’s decision, many manufacturers employ some creative math to manipulate their numbers as a promotional strategy.
Bed linen thread count is dependent on one key variable - ply.
Here’s a simple example:
By definition, an honest 600 thread count single-ply bed sheet has 300 vertical threads and 300 horizontal thread:
300 + 300 threads = 600 thread count
Take another bed sheet made using 2-ply yarn - It still has 300 threads each way, but because each thread has two strands, marketers include that in their calculation:
(300 + 300 threads ) x 2 ply = 1200 thread count
Compared to single-ply threads sheets, bedding made with multi-ply threads are less breathable, denser and feel more scratchy on the skin. They also have a higher tendency of pilling due to the shorter threads used.
Read our article where we debunked the thread count myth.
3. Design for comfort, function and aesthetics
Design plays an unassuming but critical role. Duvet slipping out of the duvet cover? Pillows don’t stay in the pillowcase? Small design features can make using the bedding easier and better.
A side fed pillowcase comes out easily and often, and doesn’t fit all pillow sizes well. Look for an envelope opening at the back that helps cover and contain the pillow well. Preferably, the slit opens closer to one end of the pillow and not down the centre, so it is easier to wrap and remove the opening.
Similarly, duvet ties inside each corner of the quilt cover keep the duvet spread out within the quilt cover. Buttons at the opening help keep the duvet from slipping out. Also, look for stronger elastic bands on the fitted sheet that will help keep it in place through the night.
Your bed linen should fit your distinctive taste. Go for design and colours you like and feel free to mix and match various sets, to create a look and feel unique to you, and that will fit your bedroom.
4. Check the care instructions
Always follow the cleaning and care guide stated by the manufacturer. The bed linen set will serve you longer and stay as nice to touch and feel as on the first day you bought it. If you discover that a particular bed linen fabric requires special cleaning this may affect your decision on whether to buy or not. Some bedding can be easily laundered using a washing machine while others may require special care in washing and drying.
5. Know the return policy
Return policies are important for all types of items, especially household products like bed sheets. To take the risk away from purchasing something that is unsuitable, some shops accept returns and exchanges. If you end up not liking the feel of the bedsheet on your body, it is ideal that you have an option to return it.
We also did an article sharing tips on how you can shop for the best bed sheets.
How Weavve Produces Our Sheets
Making Sleep Great Again
Sleep is an activity we spend a lot of time on, yet many of us don’t get good sleep. Sleep is fundamental not only to our physical wellbeing, but also our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Singapore ranks #2 for sleep deprivation globally. People are constantly not feeling their best, and this also has a real impact on health - fatigue, headaches, anxiety, falling ill and even mental illnesses.
Weavve Cotton Bed Sheets in Sandshell
Great sleep is built on great sleep products - mattresses, pillows and of course the linen. While sleep is affected by the five senses, it is also about how you set up your room, your homes, and your day.
Ultimately, sleep is a state of mind. And that state of mind can be brought anywhere. By starting to reclaim great sleep, we then have a strong foundation to recharge, regroup, and relaunch.
When we were first starting out on our journey to craft the perfect sheets, a few key questions about how bedsheets were manufactured stood out: Where did the fibre come from? Were harmful chemicals used in the farming and manufacturing process? Where did the fabric get milled?
So we dug around and discovered that it was almost impossible to get straight answers. When a label says that the product was made in the United States, or Australia, it generally means that the fabric is sewn or finished in these countries, not that the raw materials itself were picked or processed there.
We have also tried a multitude of brands (bought many brand samples from all over the world), including a top supplier to hotels. Some boasted very high thread count and were highly-priced, but had steep discounts to match.
We couldn’t understand why this marketed promise of great luxury with high thread counts felt so disappointing. The sheets wrap close to the entirety of your body when you sleep and if it doesn’t feel good, or exquisite, it kills the whole experience.
We all know instinctively when we see an amazing product, no? It’s about trying to make things a little better for ourselves and those around us. For Weavve, we aren’t about finding products, asking for a different design and buying. We want to be able to go down to understanding what makes a good sheet, what makes a good thread that makes that sheet, and what makes a good fibre that makes a good thread.
We knew that many products on Singapore retail shelves were at least 10 to 20 times their factory costs. We wondered if there was a way to put these products directly into the hands of discerning consumers, cutting out all the costs in between - this was the direct to consumer model.
There were three key pillars that really excited us about this:
Firstly, providing great, value for money products by working directly with factories and selling directly to consumers without the unnecessary costs of retail rentals, distributor margins, expensive marketing, and brand endorsement deals.
Secondly, a streamlined, easy shopping experience. Easy to understand product ranges and information, great customer service and stress-free returns policies all help a shopper make better, faster decisions.
Lastly, there’s so much more we can do with a digital channel. The ability to share information and content online is limitless, with the means to start two-way conversations with our community across so many more touchpoints to create a delightful experience.
In November 2018, we kickstarted our research into factors that went into making a good bedsheet (i.e Extra Long Staple Fibres, Thread Count, Yarn Count, Weave Pattern, Weave Type, Ply). After months of research and testing, we finally perfected our sheets.
From Forest to Fabric
Eco-friendly sheets that look as good as they feel, our sheets made from TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres are as silky as they are breathable. Each Weavve Lyocell bed linen starts with the best lyocell fibres (100% Lenzing TENCEL™) that are spun into the finest 80s yarn count threads. These fine single ply threads are then woven into 400 thread count fabric, giving you stronger, smoother and high quality sheets.
Furthermore our silky bed sheets are Oeko-Tex certified® and thoughtfully designed with features such as ultra deep pockets and elasticised edging to ensure a great fit around any mattress. We want you and your family to feel confident knowing our products are authentic, sustainable, and most importantly, free from harmful chemicals.
Read more about how we craft our luxury soft Lyocell sheets.
Read more reviews about our Lyocell sheets here.
How to care for your Weavve Lyocell sheets
- Gentle machine wash in cold water separately before use.
- Iron on low heat if needed.
- Line dry or tumble dry on low.
- Do not dry clean.
- Do not use any kind of bleaching agent and softeners as bleach damages the Lyocell fibre.
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