Introducing Tencel™ Modal, Our New Sustainable Fabric

Meet the silky-soft, easy-care fibre that’s made from wood pulp.


Here at Seasalt, we’re passionate about creating beautiful quality clothes inspired by our home in Cornwall, to be loved for many seasons to come.

We’re constantly researching and exploring innovations in textiles, looking for new sustainable fabrics and production methods to minimise our environmental impact. Tencel™ Modal is a beautiful soft fabric made from sustainably-sourced wood pulp, and we’re excited to introduce it across our range.

Women's Carved Slate top in soft sustainable modal fabric

Soft as silk, cool as cotton

Modal is renowned for its softness. It’s a versatile fibre with a smooth, silky feel and a lustrous finish. It’s breathable and feels cool to the touch, so it’s ideal for warm weather clothing, but works equally well all year round.

It’s also more absorbent than pure cotton. Thanks to its high wet strength, garments are less likely to shrink or get pulled out of shape so they look great wash after wash. The fibres also take and hold dye well, giving garments a deep, rich colour.

Modal drapes beautifully and is crease-resistant, making it perfect for everything from dresses to trousers and shirts.

Lower impact production

Our design and fabric technology teams work together each season to make our clothing ever more sustainable. The Tencel™ Modal we’ve chosen to use in our range is among the most eco-friendly and sustainable fibres on the market, and is EU Ecolabel certified.

The wood fibres used to produce it are sourced from sustainable forestry and processed in a closed loop system, which catches or re-uses chemicals and bleaches to prevent water pollution. As modal is derived from wood it is biodegradable, and can be composted at the end of its life.

New styles for summer

Making with Tencel™ Modal

Tencel™ Modal is also available in our cut fabric range so you can use it for your own projects.  We’ve asked our product teams for a few tips to help you with your making:

  • Always use new needles, to avoid snagging your fabric and creating holes
  • Zig-zagging or overlocking can help with seam strength and keep everything nice and neat
  • Keeping hems to a single fold will help to keep the beautiful drape and flow of this fabric.
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