Linen, precious as the future
Flax and hemp are natural fibres with exceptional properties, not only because they respect the environment, but also because they safeguard the health of human beings.
All yarns come with the highest certification, due to meticulous regulation throughout an entirely European supply chain. European suppliers and growers guarantee compliance with environmental and social standards, to reassure the customer of the integrity of each phase of the production process.
As verification of our continuous commitment to sustainability, the European fibre we use has certified traceability: LCA CERTIFIED SCUTCHED FIBRE
Transparent choices and processes, which we love to share:
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If there is one word that best describes the sustainability of linen, it is circularity.
The fibre is 100% circular because the by-products of its production process are used as secondary raw material. And that’s not all – linen fibre is 100% biodegradable and the energy used for its production is from 4% to 10% of that which would be required to produce synthetic fibres (in MJ/Kg).
It does not require artificial irrigation, only rainwater.
It has reduced need for fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides and requires little manuring.
It contributes to the preservation of watercourses and groundwater.
Its root system improves soil structure and fertility.
One hectare of flax retains 3.7 t./ha of CO2 every year.
” 100% biodegradable and 100% circular: linen is the natural fibre that most stands out for its ecological profile and its ethical values. “
Linen is the natural fibre that most stands out for its ethical values.
Traceable along the entire production chain.
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Respects the soil and ecosystems through sustainable farming practices guided by the principles of regenerative agriculture.
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Does not produce waste: every part of the plant is used in a wide range of applications.
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In 2022 we created a digital passport for the 1873 The Ould Linen yarn: thus began the process of traceability from field to yarn based on blockchain technology.
The various steps can be seen by accessing a dynamic QR code, where each actor in the supply chain independently enters their own details.
The passport can be easily integrated with any information relating to operations following spinning (weaver, finisher and garment manufacturer): the final consumer will thus be able to trace every step of the supply chain by accessing the QR code. With this technology it is possible not only to verify the location, but also the date on which the processing took place.
The numbers of linen’s ecological footprint.
* average calculated over the 2004/2011 marketing years in France, Belgium and the Netherlands – sources C.I.P.A.LIN (FR), A.B.V (B), C.V. (NL)
** Source: Audit Commission Européenne, Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, Brussels, 2008 / ACV linen shirt, Bio Intelligence Service 2007