KNOWING YOUR FABRIC - LINEN
Linen Sustainability Score - 9/10
Sustainability is at the core of everything we Choose or do.
Linen is one of the most sustainable fabrics known to man, yet it represents less than 1% of all textile fibers consumed worldwide.
Unlike cotton, linen that’s been well cared for can last for up to three decades. It’s one of the oldest fibers known, dating back to 8000BC.
Linen is made from flax plants, a plant that grows without the need for fertilizers or pesticides.
85% of the world’s flax is grown in Europe. The origins of Sustainably U linen fabric are Italy and Ireland, it comes directly to UAE and we source it from local suppliers.
1 hectare of flax can take 3.7 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere. That means from all the linen grown in Europe, around 250,000 tonnes of CO2 is removed each year! This is the same as driving the average car over 560,000,000 miles! Or put another way, it saves enough CO2 to drive around the planet nearly 22,600 times.
Flax thrives in the temperate climates of Western Europe and requires few fertilizers or pesticides to produce. Flax often comes close to the organic standard without even trying. This compares to cotton, which is one of the most chemically intensive crops on the planet.
Linen absorbs moisture without holding bacteria, meaning your clothes won’t get smelly and will require less frequent washing. The less often you wash your clothes, the longer your clothes will last, and the more sustainable your wardrobe is.
Your Luxury closet doesn't need to be taxing on the environment. It can co-exist with a little change in your buying habits.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation state that flax uses 13 times fewer pesticides than potatoes, but is only approximately 1% of the world’s apparel fiber consumption.
Growing flax and weaving it into linen is the least water and energy-intensive part of the linen clothing life cycle. To make one shirt from cotton requires around 4 times the amount of water than is needed to make one shirt from linen.
Linen is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. However, as with any natural material you should be careful about how the fabric might have been treated, particularly the environmental impact of some dyes. Therefore, Sustainably U stays close to natural colors only.
Flax helps to diversify ecosystems, offering a welcome break from intensive agriculture. Go past a field of flax and you will notice it is alive with wildlife, helping promote biodiversity and soil regeneration.