6 Amazing Facts About Linen
When I decided to launch a linen brand, I spent time researching textiles to work with and thought about where to produce. I considered cotton, synthetics, and toyed with the idea of working overseas. Honestly at this time I was only thinking about how I wanted to create something beautiful that I loved but wanted it to be inexpensive to produce. I hadn’t really given much thought to anything else. Then I visited the linen farm of the Devogèle family in Normandy and got schooled. I seriously couldn’t believe everything I learned that day after you read below and check out the pics, you will be a linen lover just like me.
Here are 6 interesting facts about linen you might not already know:
Linen is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, fabric. The folks in the Bible wore it, mummies were wrapped up it and it has lasted for centuries. There is no question about linen being durable.
- 85% of the world’s linen comes from Europe. Yes you read that right mes amies. If you have linen bed sheets, tablecloths, or a dress...chances are pretty high it came from Europe.
- Linen is unquestionably the most sustainable fabric. It is 100% biodegradable, produces zero waste, and retains carbon that is released into the atmosphere. As a bonus it is naturally hypoallergenic. It's good for the environment and you!
- Growing linen doesn’t require wasting water. Unlike other natural and cellulose fibers that require irrigation and tons of water, flax needs only rain to survive.
- No harmful junk is required to produce linen. Flax seeds require very little fertilizer, and no pesticides or defoliants. It actually protects and fertilizes the soil, and is grown from certified GMO-free seeds.
- Using linen means you are conscious consumer. You are contributing to a more eco-conscious and sustainable world by using materials that are natural and don’t cause harm or destruction to our environment.
While the social media driven era we live in feeds into conspicuous consumption, it also has helped spread the message of conscious consumption. Many of us care about the facts and effects of the things we eat and consume every day. When you know better, you do better. Shop Madame de la Maison linens today.