We love linen because …

It gets better with use, becoming softer and silkier over time. It can be crisp and stiff or have a beautiful drape, and typically is woven with that signature linen texture. It also has a natural luster, which makes it more dimensional. While the wrinkles are seen as a downside for most people, we actually love the look of worn linen for its extreme softness and breathability. The feeling of linen is lovely, the texture and softness is unique, and the fact that it just gets better with age makes us want to hang on to our linen pieces forever.

Why linen is so sustainable: -Growing flax requires less water than cotton. -There is very little waste with flax; other part of the plant, like the seeds, can be used to produce linseed oil or flax seeds for consumption. -Linen typically requires fewer pesticides, herbicides and fungicides than cotton. They are still used, but you can avoid this by looking for organic linen! -The durability of linen means it lasts longer than other materials. Some cons -The process to make linen takes more time and work, which generally makes it more expensive. -Organic linen can be difficult to find, although according to some data “linen produced in China has been grown with agro-chemicals and the processing is also higher impact, whereas European and Japanese linen is produced in more natural and low impact methods..you can also feel confident that good quality linen from European or Japanese mills is a good sustainable choice”. -Due to the lack of elasticity of the fibres, they can break along permanent creases over time. In particular, this is something to be mindful of with respect to areas that are constantly bent or creased, such as where the collar of a shirt folds down. -The wrinkling can be a con, but we think that’s the beauty of linen fabric!!

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