A quick lesson in moral fibre for your bedroom
If you feel a bit old and worn its nothing compared to linen fibre. To date, linen is the oldest evidence of man-made textiles ever discovered. Archeologists have found fragments of linen dated to 36.000 BC.
Cultivated at close-proximity, flax (the correct name of the plant that becomes linen) is grown mainly in a wide coastal band of Western Europe stretching from the South of Normandy in Northern France through Belgium and the Netherlands. It is the only plant textile fibre originating on the continent.
All of our linen comes from fields in France, Belgium and Poland. We believe that European linen quality cannot be replicated elsewhere thanks to a unique combination of factors : a natural, damp ocean climate, flax’s low thermal density, a rich soil and the experience of European flax growers.
80% of the world’s production of scutched flax fibers are originated from Europe. Flax is a rare product which represents less than 1% of all textile fibers consumed worldwide. Premium stuff.
Linen is timeless…yeah…Here are some more tangible facts for you;
The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it starts to feel damp, and it easily releases moisture to the air to remain cool and dry to the touch.
And as if this wasn't enough it requires considerably fewer pesticides, less water and fertilizers than other crops. The fibre is recyclable and can eventually biodegrade.
Now you can finally pair your dirty mind with a clean conscience.
Checklist for a sustainable luxury linen product from Dirty Linen
- Grown locally in Europe with minimal environmental impact regarding pesticides, fertilizers and water usage.
- Processed through dew retting with is the most sustainable method to turn flax plants into linen fabric.
- Spinning, weaving and dyeing, regulated by REACH, at our partners facilities in the Baltic states.
- Cutting, sewing and detailing at our partners factory in Portugal. And finally a softening ÖKOTEX approved enzyme wash to give the product our unique softness