About Flax

FleursDeLinFlax is grown in a wide coastal band of Western Europe stretching from the South of Normandy in Northern France through Belgium and the Netherlands : from Caen to Amsterdam. The only plant textile fiber originating on the continent, European linen cultivation cannot be relocated, its excellence is thanks to a unique combination : a natural, damp ocean climate, flax’s low thermal density, a rich soil and the experience of flax growers.
85% of the world’s production of scutched flax fibers are originated from Europe. Flax is a rare product which represents less than 1% of all textile fibers consumed worldwide.

100% Eco-responsible

Flax fieldA true « carbon well », each year one hectare of flax retains 3,7 tons of CO2. And this is not the least of its « green » advantages.

We see its ecological consciousness throughout the industry. Mechanical activities are a part of each operation in its transformation – scutching, combing, spinning, weaving.

100% Sustainable development

Flax yarn from FIR BelgiumCounting all stages of production, the European linen industry is made up of 10,000 companies in 14 countries of the EU : a network of interactive professionnals – growers, scutchers, spinners, weavers, knitters, finishers, traders.

Linen helps maintain an economic and social fabric in rural zones. Its growth and transformation require a large, qualified, local work force. The Linen industry is committed to respecting the laws of the International Labor Office.

100% Natural

« Flax cultivation has positive effects on eco-system diversity and offers a welcome environmental pause for soil quality, bio-diversity and landscapes » (Source : Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament, Brussels, May 20, 2008).

A « militant » plant that respects the environment and preserves the land – as well as the surrounding plants and wildlife – flax protects the soil and water resources : it needs 0 irrigation (rain water is enough to grow it) and very little input (fertilizer and  phytosanitary).

Well-being and naturalness

LinenFlax fibers are known for their great ability to absorb water. This is due to a high amount of pectins, the components that hold the fibers together. Pectins in linen textiles give them a «lively», heat-regulating quality. Depending on the weather, they can retain water or repel it – up to 20% of their weight – without feeling damp to the touch. A guaranteed sensation of well-being.

Supple, relaxing linen sheets are comfortable for sleeping and encourage regular sleep cycles. Linen is an intrinsically hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial fabric with a soothing hand : inherent properties that have been known since the Middle Ages to help people with skin problems.

Creativity and naturalness

outdoorA versatile fiber, ideal for all uses and easily associated with other fibers, linen can be used in all densities from ultra-light, transparent batiste to the heaviest canvases. It is at the heart of textile innovations to keep abreast of trends running from casual to sophisticated.

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