Linen is a high quality textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen textile is laborious to manufacture, but is considered one of the most environmentally friendly textiles you can wear. Everything from the flax plant is being utilised (paper, flaxseed, oil etc) and the flax plant fibers results in a very strong and durable textile that can last for years, further minimizing its environmental impact.
Compared to cotton the production of linen pr. kg. textile requires far less use of water, it requires fewer acres of farmed land and last but not least the flax plants needs fewer resources to grow well, even in poor soil, for example meaning it doesn’t require the same amount of pesticides and fertilizers as cotton plants.
It has the great ability to absorb a large amount of humid without feeling damp to the skin. Linen feels fresh and cool in the summer and nice and warm in the winter. Therefore it is the perfect material to have as undergarments. It is very healthy for the skin, not only because of its moisture absorption qualities and fast drying, but linen is also naturally antiseptic and non allergenic.
Linen has a wide range of great features:
- Linen absorbs and releases moisture faster than most other textiles and can absorb 20% of its own weight without feeling uncomfortable.
- Linen feels fresh and cool in the summer and nice and warm in the winter because of the thermo regulation ability.
- Linen gets softer for every wash and stronger as the fibres settle.
- Linen is a long lasting and super strong material.
- Linen is insect repellent and resistant to moths.
- Linen has historically been used for medical purposes due to its non-allergic, antibacterial and antimycotic properties. It can be great for people suffering from eczema and other skin diseases.
- Linen is also completely biodegradable and recyclable.