Lenzing’s Tencel fibers put to the test in pillows

News release written by Lenzing and published, unedited, by BedTimes.

Lenzing, Austria – January 2018: Studies have shown that fillings of TENCEL® fibers are the perfect botanic alternative.* The tests conducted have revealed that pillows filled with TENCEL® fibers score when it comes to moisture management, volume and ease of care. TENCEL® fibers are in use in almost every area to do with sleeping – starting with components for mattresses and mattress pads through to bed covers and linens. Another application in the bed segment is obvious: pillows with enhanced comfort.

TENCEL® fibers scientifically tested using “Sherlock” for the very first time
Meet “Sherlock“, a sweating, thermal manikin test device for clothing physiology from the Hohenstein Institutes. He was used for the first time to test pillows with fillings of TENCEL® fibers. Sherlock is used to test the wear comfort of different kinds of textile products. „Sherlock was deployed for this product category for the first time ever to test pillows of TENCEL® fibers“, Miriam Scheffelmeier, project manager at the Hohenstein Institutes, explains. „Sherlock works in precisely defined conditions in a climatic chamber”, Scheffelmeier continues. The tests using Sherlock indicate that in pillows, TENCEL® fibers are leading the way to perfect moisture management. When used as a blending partner with polyester, TENCEL® fibers help to improve moisture absorption. It was revealed that the higher the share of TENCEL® fibers in the pillow, the better the moisture regulation becomes.

Easy-care and full-bodied
Further research at Lenzing in relation to volume and washing tests has shown that TENCEL® fibers produce very good results when combined with polyester. Pillows with this fiber combination recover quickly after exposure to weight and moisture. Of all the pillows tested, the one with a filling of down and feathers came in last since the volume recovered only very slowly. Even after washing, the pillows with TENCEL® fibers performed well and are therefore ideally suited to household washing.

Pillows for individuals
With pillows of TENCEL® fibers, different filling levels are possible – from soft to solid and from flat to voluminous. Pillows can be designed to suit customers’ wishes in terms of the size, material and shape. A pillow for individualists that adapts to the sleeper. Say goodbye to the tension and headaches caused by non-optimized pillows!

*Test results based on: Danijela Cafuta, PhD Thesis, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering; Manuscript in preparation

The Lenzing Group is a world market leader headquartered in Austria, which operates production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing supplies the global textile and nonwovens industry with high-quality, botanic cellulose fibers. Its portfolio ranges from dissolving wood pulp to standard and specialty cellulose fibers.

Lenzing’s quality and innovative strength set global standards for cellulose fibers. With 79 years of experience in fiber production, the Lenzing Group is the only company in the world which is able to produce significant volumes of all three cellulose fiber generations – from the classic Lenzing Viscose® branded fibers to the Lenzing Modal® branded fibers and the TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers. In 2016 Lenzing introduced the RefibraTM branded lyocell fibers, a product innovation based on recycled cotton scraps.

The Lenzing Group’s success is based on consistent customer orientation combined with innovation, technology and quality leadership. Lenzing is committed to the principles of sustainable management with very high environmental standards and can underscore this commitment with numerous international sustainability certifications for its business processes as the most sustainable company in the sector. In addition to fibers, which form the core business, the Lenzing Group is also active to a lesser extent in the fields of engineering and plant construction.