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IMAGING CAMERA!A TRIPLE COOLING EFFECTMOISTURE CONTENT:
The higher the natural moisture content in the fiber core, the more refreshing a fiber feels! The basic moisture content of TENCEL® is 13% - compared to Polyester’s content of just 1%. As TENCEL® is hydrophilic, the fiber surface remains dry and feels pleasantly cool but not damp.EVAPORATIVE COOLNESS:
TENCEL® dries extremely quickly. The evaporative coolness generated during the drying process maintains the body at an ideal temperature without it feeling damp. The positive consequences are additional performance and greater comfort.GENTLY COOLING:
the smoother the fiber surface, the cooler the feel. Compared with the rippled surface of cotton, TENCEL® has a great deal more contact with the skin and therefore feels cooler.
Odor bacteria require a damp fiber surface to develop. The TENCEL® fiber transports moisture straight into the fiber core, keeping the fiber surface dry. As bacteria need moisture to grow, up to 2000 times less bacteria grow on TENCEL® than on synthetic fibers!
TENCEL® fiber is based on the same functional mechanisms as Merino wool. It can absorb huge amounts of moisture while the fiber surface still remains dry. Nanofibrils, a network of sub-microscopic channels, quickly and evenly direct the moisture into the fiber core.
The smooth surface and uniform fiber structure make TENCEL® a particularly stabile fiber. This becomes evident thanks to the high restistance to pilling and tearing.
If MERINO COOL should start to smell or become dirty, it is really easy to clean. Simply machine wash with coloreds at 40°, then leave to dry on a clothes rack – it’s as simple as that. Just like for most functional clothing, you should avoid dry cleaning, ironing, dryers, and spin dryers.
Washing instructions can be found here
TENCEL® has a fiber surface which is so unbelievably smooth and a structure which is so soft that it has an extremely gentle feel. What’s more, this is also a reason for the cool touch: the more contact a fiber has with the skin, the cooler it feels. And, like TENCEL®, merino wool doesn’t itch! At 18–19 microns (one micron = one-thousandth of a millimeter), the fine wool fibers are so thin that they are well below the human itching threshold of 25 microns. And for anyone who still believes that wool itches (because they are constantly reminded of the woolen jumpers their grandma used to knit), we have developed special versions (such as MERINO SUPERSOFT and MERINO COMPETITION). With these combinations, other types of fibers are in contact with the skin (Lenzing Modal made from beech wood cellulose – MERINO SUPERSOFT) or else we have mixed in a small amount of synthetic fibers (MERINO COMPETITION)
Sheep grow a new coat twice a year, just as eucalyptus wood, the raw material for TENCEL®, also regrows. Although this takes somewhat longer than for sheep, it is 10 times more ecological than cotton: This means that 6m² of soil will only yield enough cotton to make one T-shirt but enough TENCEL® to make ten T-shirts. Also, cotton needs 10-20 times as much water, often requires the use of pesticides, and takes up large areas in which food could be grown.