We are committed to constantly looking for new materials that meet the strict ecological criteria that we have set for ourselves.
Linen is one of them and has worked with us for a long time.
For which reasons?
Flax is said to be one of the oldest cultivated species. Twisted and dyed flax fibers dating back over 36,000 years have been found in Dzudzuana Cave in Georgia (1).
In the 17th and 18th centuries, a very famous production of so-called « Breton » linen cloths developed in the Saint-Brieuc – Corlay – Pontivy – Moncontour perimeter.
That’s the already very nice historical-cultural side.
The Latin and scientific name Linum Usitatissimum or « useful flax » echoes the relationship that the plant has with the soil, biodiversity and with these women and men who cultivate it, allow its transformation and also love to carry this noble material.
The ecological footprint of European flax seems irrevocable (2):
• 1 hectare of flax = 3.7 tonnes of CO2 retained per year
• 90,000 ha of flax cultivated in the E.U.
• 333,000 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions avoided each year in Europe
• 38,000 tonnes of oil equivalent saved per year
• 300 tonnes of phytosanitary products saved per year
• 650 million cubic metres of water would be consumed if flax crops were replaced by cotton cultivation
Flax by its nature, its impact and without even the supreme organic flax label therefore ticks a lot of boxes.
Only 0.4% (3) of the world’s textiles…
85% of world production is European. Yes!
So we must be able to do something, right?
Various European linen materials will soon be added to our range.
(2)CELC MASTERS OF LINEN