Flax, the sustainable fibre
Flax is one of the most sustainable fibres in the world. Grown organically in the optimal climate of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. Flax has been used for centuries to make linen, but it has several other uses and benefits we will share with you.
Flax is cultivated without the need for irrigation. It takes zero litres of water irrigation to produce one kilogram of flax, compared to over 7,000 litres of water to produce the same amount of cotton. Let us say that again. Zero litres of water.
Flax is a fast growing plant, with only 100 days from planting in March to harvesting in June. It’s grown without the need for pesticides or genetic modification.
Flax has zero wastage. When the plant is harvested, it’s pulled from the ground, roots and all. Every part of the plant is used. The fibres are transformed into linen textiles used in garments, bedding and upholstery. The seeds of the flax plant, called linseed, are used as food or seeds for future sowing. Linseed oil makes food healthier but is also used in soaps, cosmetics and even paint. The husky shells of the seeds that remain once they have been pressed for oil are used as cattle feed. Extracting the fibres leaves behind woody stalks which are used in chipboards and household insulation because of its high thermal and acoustic absorbency. Dust and fine linen fibres are collected and made into insulation batts. Flax fibres that are too short for textiles are used in the manufacture of US dollar bills, comprising of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent flax.
Linen is known for its natural patina and style, but the benefits are more than just looks. Linen is up to three times stronger than cotton, so it’s long-lasting and durable. But it’s also lightweight, absorbent and breathable too. This means that it will keep you cool during the hot summer and warm during cool winters. Few textiles are so versatile. Better still, it’s naturally hypo-allergenic and anti-static, so it doesn't attract dust or pet hair and wont pill.
Linen makes up less than one percent of the world’s textiles, yet its benefits far surpass others. As we face growing climatic pressures it’s now more important than ever to choose linen.
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