The natural beauty of Belgian linen is obvious but you can also feel good about the story behind the fabric. Linen is one of the original "eco-friendly" materials. The environmentally sensitive growing and processing techniques practiced for centuries by Flax growers continue today. You can feel good about wearing and using linen for you and your family. When you care about creating a healthy environment, linen is the natural choice. GROWING THE FLAX PLANT
Flax is a plant that grows naturally, and needs very few chemicals. Few or no fertilizers and/or pesticides are being used compared to other crops.
Flax does not require irrigation during the growing process. The flax plant is gentle on the land and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles.
The processing of flax needs very little energy and does not harm nature. The water retting process has been replaced by environmentally friendly dew-retting on the field.
FLAX, "GREEN"BY NATURE
Flax seed is beneficial in human and animal nutrition because of its very high content of alpha omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds can be used as the base for a fine flour used in medical compresses.
Linseed oil, squeezed out of flax seeds, is also used as a component in paints, cosmetics, soil coverings, etc.
Flax fibers are also being used in heat insulation, packaging, etc.
The remaining residual products are used in fiber boards, bank notes, etc.
The inherent strength of linen yarn reduces the need for starching during spinning and weaving.
Linen fabrics can be recycled into paper and insulation materials for the car industry.
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