What is modal fabric made of

Modal - a chemical natural fiber put to the test

Are you one of those buyers who first look to see what the item is made of before buying an item of clothing? I am one of them and first of all study which fibers I will soon be wearing on my skin.

I do this for reasons of sustainability as well as for reasons of comfort. A fiber that combines both is undoubtedly Tencel, some time ago I already told you about this substance. For some time now I've also been a fan of the special Modal fiber.

What does "chemical natural fiber" mean?

Similar to viscose / tencel, modal is obtained from the raw material wood, which is why it is a natural fiber. Only beech wood, which is considered a renewable, regenerative raw material, is used for production. The beech wood must first be debarked and cut into chips before it is processed into a cellulose mass in a multi-stage, oxygen-based chemical process, hence the addition of "chemical natural fibers" (or regenerated fibers). With the help of special spinnerets, the modal fibers can now be spun.

Modal in comparison

Modal perfectly combines the advantages of nature and synthetic. This is why the fiber is more durable, more durable, more dimensionally stable, softer, less wrinkled and less sensitive to heat than cotton. The vegan fiber feels light as a feather, delicate and soft, has a cooling effect and falls smoothly. In terms of look and feel, it is strongly reminiscent of silk. Compared to polyester, modal is much more skin-friendly and environmentally friendly.

Modal absorbs moisture very well and dissipates it quickly, which is why it has become more and more established in the sports and outdoor sector. Due to the soft, smooth surface and reliable breathability, the fiber is also popular with very sensitive skin types and allergy sufferers.


But modal does not only do well in terms of functionality and comfort compared to other fabrics, but also in terms of sustainability. Because in the production of Modal, less water and energy is generally used. The space required, the use of pesticides and the amount of waste products are significantly lower than with other materials.

One special sustainableRegenerated fiber, the "Modal Edelweiss", However, only one company currently produces theLenzing AG The company from Austria is known because it also produces Tencel exclusively.

The “Modal Edelweiss” is produced in a closed cycle with recovery of the chemicals used, CO2-neutral. The fibers for the special modal are obtained from sustainable Austrian beech wood. This makes the substance biodegradable. Since the entire production takes place in one place, less energy is used and resources are conserved. According to hessnatur, water consumption compared to cotton is up to 80% lower, isn't it? After all, “Modal Edelweiss” (just like Tencel) is one of the most sustainable fibers of all. From now on, will you take a closer look at the label on your clothes? 😉

For example, you can find recommended, sustainable clothing, which consists of the high-quality "Modal Edelweiss", among other things hessnatur.com , at bergfreunde.de or at avocadostore.de