12. January 2018 | Hometech

Pillows of Tencel fibers - a contribution towards the botanic bed

Kissen für Individual-Schläfer
From left to right: Dr. Jan Beringer - Head of Development at Hohenstein Institute; M. Sc. Miriam Scheffelmeier - Projectmanager Comfort, Protection & Care at Hohenstein Institute; Dr. Susanne Jary - Head of Global BD Home & Interiors at Lenzing AG; DI. Marco Schlimpert - SVP Europe & Americas at Lenzing AG
Source: E.Grebe/Lenzing AG
Tencel branded lyocell fibers put to the test for use in pillows. Studies have shown that fillings of Tencel fibers are the perfect botanic alternative. The tests conducted have revealed that pillows filled with fibers score when it comes to moisture management, volume and ease of care. The 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.

Easy-care and full-bodied
Further research at Lenzing in relation to volume and washing tests has shown that 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.

edited by Angelika Hörschelmann

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