Linen and the Green world
Almost every day in our lives we come across articles in newspapers and magazines about being more environmentally conscious. We hear political leaders be it Obama or David Cameron preaching about how we need to live in a more “green” world and how we can make a difference by adopting a few simple rules.
Well I thought it was time that I give you my take on some hard serious facts about my most beloved fabric of all LINEN.
Linen is the world’s oldest known fabric and it is the world's most ecological fabric. Linen is woven from the fibers of the flax plant and is a completely natural resource.
While only the very best fibers are used by the linen industry, no part of the flax plant is wasted; the left over linseeds, oil, straws and fibers are used in everything from soap, to cattle feed and paper. Few products are also efficiently used as flax.
The production of linen fabric uses 5 to 20 times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics. Linen fabrics are biodegradable and recyclable.
Flax is grown in many parts of the world, but top quality premium flax is primarily grown in Western Europe. The climate of western European countries like France, Belgium and Ireland are ideal for flax cultivation.
Some of the features that other fabrics can only aspire to have;
- Natural breathing: Linen is truly comfortable and nice to wear in any season. It is insulating in winter and breathable in summer due to its thermoregulatory properties.
- Moisture -absorbent: it's double moisture absorption capacity than cotton makes it the “Thirstiest Fabric ".
- Anti bacterial: Linen is a “Health Fabric” because it is inherently anti-bacterial.
- UV- protective: Linen protects the skin from harmful UV rays and sun allergies.
So there you have it, the information above are true facts regarding this amazing fabric, it truly is my favorite fabric and if you want to save the world then buy a pudu linen garment :) and add to the greenness that this world needs more of.