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What is Linen?
Linen fabric is made from the flax plant. The highest quality flax plant is now grown in western Europe. This plant is very tall and the plant fiber is long. Flax seed is used as food supplements while the flax fiber is made into linen fabric. The manufacturing from the flax fiber to linen fabric uses no chemical processing. Discovered and worn by the ancient Egyptians and other civilizations, this natural and luxury fabric continues to be used today to make clothing and bed sheets.
Why is Linen Environmental Friendly?
Natural fabric such as linen biodegrades much faster than synthetic fabrics. Nylon takes about 35 years to biodegrade. Polyester takes 500 years to biodegrade. That's terrible news for the earth because think about how many pieces of polyester clothing a person has in his or her lifetime. Many fast fashion brands use polyester as their primary material due to its very low price. They produce a massive amount of clothing to sell at rock bottom prices. Customers keep these cheap clothing for a short amount of time. Then, they buy the newest fashion from the same fast fashion brands. This vicious cycle accumulates into lots of waste. The fast fashion companies are really making money at the expense of the environment. These massive amount of polyester clothing will be on earth for a lot longer than their customers! This is extremely disheartening for those that love the earth.
Since linen is made from plants, animal rights activists embrace this fabric as well. Other natural fabrics such as silk, wool and cashmere come from animals. While wool and cashmere are made without killing the animal. It is said that sheep and goats are stressed then their fur is cut. When silk is harvested, the moth larvae is boiled and killed. The production of linen hurts no animals.
But how about the environmental impact of the flax plant? Let's compare flax and cotton. Both are plant based natural fibers. Flax plant uses far less water, pesticides and herbicide than cotton! As most people already know, cotton is one of the most commonly used natural fiber. However, its environmental impact is huge. This water thirsty crop needs lots of pesticides and herbicides to yield a good harvest. Although organic cotton is becoming more practiced, it only accounts for 1% of the total global cotton production. On the other hand, linen is by nature less demanding on water, pesticides and herbicides. It is one of the most environmental friendly crops.
Linen Fabric Properties
- Durable - Linen is more durable than cotton and silk fibers. Linen clothing will last a long time so that you don't have to replace your clothes so often.
- Biodegradable - Sturdy as clothing, linen readily biodegrades because it's a natural fiber.
- Moth resistant - Unlike wool and cashmere, linen clothing do not need any chemical moth repellent such as naphthalene. Linen is naturally moth resistant!
- Sweat absorbing - Linen absorbs a lot of water away from the body and this makes it incredibly comfortable to wear in the summer.
- Heat conductivity - Linen is a great fabric for those that tend to overheat. It takes the heat away from the wearer. This makes it perfect for people that reside in hotter areas.
- Comfortable - Natural fabrics such as linen is a lot more comfortable than synthetic fabrics such as polyester.
- Anti-allergic - Natural fabrics are a lot less likely to cause skin allergy than synthetic fabrics.
- Drape - linen has a natural drape that appeals to many causal clothing lovers.
- A little stiff - Linen is not flexible. So you should go for something a little more bigger size for a more comfortable fit. This gives linen clothing its signature look, causal cool!
Linen Clothing Cost
Linen is more expensive than many synthetic fabrics such as polyester. However, it is not as expensive as other natural fabrics such as silk and cashmere. Its cost is justified by its many desirable properties. Although more expensive than cotton, it is more environmental friendly than cotton. Linen's production is about twice as expensive as cotton but without cotton's massive environmental impacts. With more consumers demanding linen, the industry will shift more to this fabric. Linen clothing can cost as low as $50 to a few hundred dollars for more luxury brands. Be aware, cheaper linen might have more of a scratchy feel to the fabric. When you buy clothing, remember quality over quantity. A good linen shirt can be worn for many seasons and still look great. Your cost per wear is definitely low for this high end fabric.
One Slight "Drawback" of Linen
Is linen 100% perfect for everybody? No, some people might not like linen due to its tendency to crease easily. This slight problem should not be a deal breaker for you. Here is the reason, creased linen fabric can give you a very causal vibe. If this is what you are looking for, linen is the perfect match for you. However, if you want it to look more polished, iron the linen clothing will easily solve this problem. You just need to iron it after washing and when it is still wet for the best results. Give linen clothing a try. You might find your perfect fabric.