What is Lyocell Fabric
Lyocell fabric is an amazing eco friendly fabric that represents a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable textiles. Lyocell is a natural, man made fibre. Made with wood pulp from sustainable tree farms, lyocell textiles are created through the use of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions. It is 100% biodegradable, perhaps the greatest benefits are the variety and exceptional comfort you can experience with lyocell clothing.
Made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and is fully biodegradable.
Lyocell was created with color in mind, because of the fibers' high absorbency. The fabrics can be dyed to high quality standards.
This eco fabric has natural breathability and 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton.
Due to its moisture management, lyocell is also anti-bacterial.
Feel of Fabric
Similar to rayon in feel. Soft, breathable, lightweight and comfortable. Lyocell has an extremely smooth, soft surface that drapes beautifully to flatter every figure.
Great for sensitive skin
Lyocell’s smooth fiber surface feels soft and supple against the skin and its incredible wicking abilities keep the skin dry, making lyocell a great fabric for sensitive skin.
This eco fabric has controllable fibrillation (the very fine hairs found on the outer fibres), which can be manipulated into everything form suede-like softness to a silky smooth finish.
This great fibre can hold up to a beating when both wet and dry, and is most conveniently resistant to wrinkles.
Disadvantage of Lyocell Fabric
- Lyocell is more expensive than most eco fabric alternatives.
Caring for Lyocell Fabric
- Delicate fabrics may be hand-washed in cold water with a gentle detergent. Drip dry. Lyocell will shrink about 3% with the first washing, and will resist shrinking from then on.
- Machine washing, using the gentle cycle, is appropriate for many garments (read the garment care label), and drip drying is preferable to machine drying. If line dried, you can briefly toss in the dryer with a damp towel to soften the fabric.
- If you must touch up the garment with an iron, use a warm iron only. Too much direct heat may scorch the fabric.
- Dry-clean Only: Some garments have a "dry-clean only" label. This is often due to other fabrics used as finishing details or structuring elements, such as linings, in the garment. The lining, for example, may shrink more than the lyocell fiber which could cause puckering if washed in water. The best course is to understand the washing requirements before purchasing the garment.
FAQ on Lyocell Fabric
How is Lyocell made?
Made from wood pulp cellulose, lyocell is produced in a solvent spinning process that is organic, sustainable and uniquely revolutionary.
Within the solvent spinning process that produces Lyocell, a closed loop circuit recovers, purifies and reuses the solvent up to 99.5 percent, yielding very little byproduct. This environmentally conscious process, which is also 100 percent organic since the basis is a natural raw material, has been on the receiving end of numerous awards, including the "European Award for the Environment" by the European Union.