Modal is an artificial fibre made from regenerated cellulose, which is derived from beech trees. It is a type of rayon and is usually used as a better alternative for cotton since it is more durable and absorbent than cotton. It can commonly found in activewear, underwear and pyjamas.
Biodegradable, soft, silky smooth, drapes well, durable, breathable, absorbent, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant
more expensive than cotton or viscose
Although modal is considered more eco-friendly than other rayon fibres, there is a concern of causing deforestation, when woods are not sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers and are not sustainably harvested. However, it can be avoided by choosing branded modal.
More sustainable alternatives
Organic natural fibres, Lenzing Modal, Tencel, EcoVero