Flax (or linen) is a vegetal fiber that is considered ecological, since its cultivation requires little water, fertilizers and pesticides, preserving the quality of soils and the planet’s water resources. Indeed, the plant grows very well naturally thanks to rainwater, and therefore does not require irrigation.
Moreover, flax is a sustainable fiber since every part of the flax plant (short and long fibers, seeds, etc.) is exploited.
Flax fiber needs a temperate and humid climate to grow well. It is because of its particularly favourable climatic and thermal conditions that Europe is an ideal area for growing it, especially the coastlines of Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The European Union alone accounts for 70% of the production volume with more than 120,000 tonnes per year. France, and more specifically Normandy region, is the world leader in flax production.
Linen is appreciated for its absorption properties (it can absorb up to 20% moisture), which makes it a material of choice in summer.
It can also be used to produce supple and resistant fabrics thanks to its long fibres, and has the wonderful property of softening with every wash!
Although it is used much less than cotton in the textile industry, linen is nevertheless very popular in the decoration market: bed sheets, curtains and cushions are made from this high quality material.
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