TENCEL launches fabrics for sustainable outdoor apparel

TENCEL launches fabrics for sustainable outdoor apparel

Tree collection redefines sustainability in functional outdoor fabrics with moisture management, optimum breathability, and reduced carbon footprint. Variety ranges from next-to-skin base layer and biodegradable wadding to water and wind repellent outer layers made of wood-based TENCEL Lyocell fibres.


Lenzing a producer of wood-based specialty fibres, has launched the Tree Climate fabric collection, curated by outdoor fabric innovators David Parkes and Marco Weichert, at Performance Days in Munich.

The new Tree Climate outdoor fabric collection features the wide range and versatility of TENCEL branded lyocell fibres. It displays a great variety of base, mid, and outer layer fabrics each offering a range of inherent performance qualities, as well as waddings made of wood-based for outdoor applications. The three-fold collection allows the creation of synthetic free and enhanced synthetic content layering solutions for different weather conditions. The environmental impact of the fibres is amongst the lowest of all materials according to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index, an industry-wide tool that measures and communicates the environmental impact of materials used for apparel. In addition to the clear sustainability benefits, the collection demonstrates the versatility of TENCEL Lyocell fibres in functional outdoor applications. Wind and water resistant, with optimum breathability and thermal regulation, makes the fabric ideal for outdoor sports lovers all year round. The fibres, which are gentle on skin, also blend well with natural fibres such as wool and hemp.

“We are delighted to launch our new Tree Climate fabric collection and showcase at Performance Days, the industry leading functional fabric fair in Munich today,” said Andreas Gürtler, Senior Manager of Global Business Development Active Sportswear at Lenzing. “We are extremely proud of what we have created with the help of renowned curators David and Marco. The fibres, which have high-performance attributes and super soft feel, are also biodegradable. Coupled with carbon-zero fibres, this fabric collection is poised to bring a wave of positive change to the outdoor apparel and the environment.”

Bringing positive impact to the outdoors through innovation and collaboration

Outdoor lovers care for the environment. Product origin and its end-of-life impact on the environment are often key topics that are close to their hearts when they choose performance apparel. Through collaboration and innovation with inspirational experts, David Parkes and Marco Weichert, Lenzing is able to ensure the performance of fabric used in outdoor apparel, whilst also ensuring positive environmental impact.

“Sustainability has become a minimum requirement in the outdoor market. The industry is in need of climate neutral fibres, that are nature-based and can claim a function out of nature. Lenzing is providing some of the best fibres for the active market with its TENCEL Tree Climate collection. It offers nature based, biodegradable fibres with superb functional attributes such as climate control and moisture management. I am thankful that I had the chance to participate in this project and I am confident that it will do well,” said Marco Weichert, Founder of Performance Days and CEO of Weichert Agencies.

“Performance apparel defines itself through innovative and practical textiles, and the consumer has recognised this for several decades. It is a leader in textile development, and has assumed that role, with accountability, in textile sustainability and environmental awareness. I have been inspired by the sustainability of this generation of TENCEL fibres, their attractive aesthetics and impressive thermal and comfort characteristics,” added David Parkes, Founder and CEO of Concept III.

TENCEL covers textile specialty product fibre offerings. Since 1992, the TENCEL brand has been driving the evolution of fibre solutions for the apparel and home textile segments through several industry-first innovations and environmentally responsible production processes. Product brands under TENCEL include TENCEL Active, TENCEL Denim, TENCEL Home, TENCEL Intimate, TENCEL Luxe and TENCEL for Footwear.

The Lenzing Group stands for ecologically responsible production of specialty fibres made from the renewable raw material wood. As an innovation leader, Lenzing is a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drives many new technological developments.

The Lenzing Group’s high-quality fibres form the basis for a variety of textile applications ranging from elegant clothing to versatile denims and high-performance sports clothing. Due to their consistent high quality, their biodegradability and compostability Lenzing fibers are also highly suitable for hygiene products and agricultural applications.

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