From Flax to Linen

Chloe Di Betta

Coco Lou the Label prides its self on choosing Eco-friendly and Sustainable fabrics and finishings when designing and manufacturing our garments for our customers. Our first collection ‘Island Daze’ was designed using only 100% Pure Linen with finishings such as Mother Of Pearl Shell Buttons featured on our Island Girl Playsuit. 

We chose Linen because of its many properties and environmental pros verses cons. Linen which is made from the Flax Plant not only absorbs moisture from the body making it cooler to wear in hotter climates but it has also been proven to keep the body warm in cooler climates. Since we at Coco Lou the Label live in the Sunshine State of Queensland, Australia, our climate is always quite humid and hot so what better way to launch our first Summer collection using 100% Pure Linen Fabric. 

Here are 10 facts on Flax and Linen and why you should choose Eco Friendly and Sustainable Fabrics when you next make a purchase.

  1. Linen is the oldest natural fabric and has been around for over 9,000 years dating back to when ancient Egyptians mummified bodies, yes thats right they used Linen.
  2. Linen can be made into many different things making it a very versatile fabric, such a bedding, clothing, cloths etc.
  3. When linen is cultivated the whole Flax Plant is used so there is no waste, the left over linseeds, oil, straw and fibre are used in everything from lino and soap to cattlefeed and paper.
  4. The production of linen fabric uses five to twenty times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics. 
  5. Linen fabrics are biodegradable and recyclable making it 100 times better for the earth.
  6. Paper for the US dollar is 25% linen and 75% cotton. It is specially made for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and possession of the blank paper by outsiders is a federal crime.
  7. The word linen is derived from the Latin word for the flax plant, which is linum, and the earlier Greek word linon.
  8. Flax yarns and fabrics increase about 20% in strength on wetting. Linen is also therefore stronger when being washed, resulting in greater longevity, than other fabrics.
  9. Over time linen textiles become softer and actually improves in comfort.
  10. Linen is virtually lint free, non-static, non-allergenic, naturally insect-repellent and gives UV protection.

We love Linen and how versatile it can be, we hope after this you love Linen or are at least mindful when purchasing your next garment for your Saturday night with the girls. 

Ask yourself or the retail assistant what fabrics your garment of choice is made from? Who has made it ?, if there is a back story behind the label that made your garment, do your online research as fast fashion is a thing of the past and slow fashion is where its at.

We would love to hear what you think and have taken away from this post so please leave a comment xx

Soucres: http://purelinen.com.au, http://www.sydneystreet.com.au

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