Did you know Linen is made from a plant?

07 March 2018

Did you know Linen is made from a plant?

One of the world's oldest fabrics, linen is woven from the fibres of the flax plant and is a completely natural resource – perhaps the most ecologically sound fabric of all.

Whilst only the very best fibres are used by the Linen industry, no part of the flax plant is wasted; the left over linseeds, oil, straw and fibre are used in everything from lino and soap to cattle feed and paper. Few products are so efficiently used as flax.

The production of linen fabric uses five to twenty times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics. Linen fabrics are biodegradable and recyclable. 

Linen is available in different qualities varying from almost silk-like to sack-linen. Linen is usually white to ivory, may be washed at 95 deg C and should be ironed when damp. When being washed the first time, linen shrinks, as is the case with most natural fibres.