It’s national tree week this week, so we’ve decided to focus on the magic material known as Modal, which is made from sustainably harvested beech tree’s.
So let’s start at the beginning.
Modal is made by the Lenzig group from sustainably harvested beech tree’s. It is then broken down and turned into a pulp which then has to be converted and matured and then is processed and broken down further using an environmentally friendly chemical process.
Following this a ‘‘honey-like’ mass is formed and is then pressed through micro-fine nozzles and the fibres are spun. They are then treated again several times and washed, stretched, cut and dried.’ (taken from Lenzig website).
The lenzig group have developed their own method of producing the fibres using a modified viscose process.
The lenzig group protects the environment by using a system of closed loop chemical processes to produce the fibres, re-using the chemicals reduces the waste-water and emissions produced. They also recover sodium sulphate, produced during the process which is then used in the detergent, glass and food industries.
Modal is a really unique fabric because it has very similar properties to cotton. However, it’s less likely to crease, is softer to the touch, is 50% more water absorbent than cotton is and is less likely to pile. It is also bio-degradable, much like cotton.
Sounds too good to be true right? Although it has amazing properties and as a fabric is long lasting and technically a natural fibre. For some people, the use of chemicals at all (even if they are used in a circular loop method) is not ‘sustainable’. Personally, I am a fan of modal, but prefer it to be blended with cotton rather than a stand alone fibre.
We recently launched our long sleeve t-shirts and developed our own modal/GOTS organic cotton blend fabric, in collaboration with British family owned mill 'Discovery Knitting', based in Leicester, UK which is so perfectly suited to a Winter wear long sleeve top. It’s warm soft, breathable, washable, anti-crease and anti-pile properties make it the perfect base layer.
We’d love to know what you think of Modal? Sustainable or not? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments box below.
Thank you for reading!