Linen is obtained from the stems of the flax plant. It is naturally resistant to pests, allowing for minimal pesticide use in responsible cultivation.
The smooth, waxy flax fiber traps very little air, creating a particularly cool, breathable, and dirt-repellent fabric. Linen is also antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and dries quickly.
Flax is naturally germicidal and neutralizes odors. Similar to wool, linen products can be hung to air out, reducing the need for excessive washing and conserving resources.
Flax is one of the oldest cultivated plants and was the most common textile fiber in Europe until the mid-19th century when it was replaced by cotton due to its labor-intensive manual processing. Linen is one of the few fibers that can be grown in Europe. Compared to cotton, its processing is much more environmentally friendly and does not require chemical additives.