What is Flax?

Topic:  What is flax?

Title: Getting to the root of flax // Fun facts about flax // Why we favour flax // Flax, our number one sustainability fibre choice


Linen has an accompanying aura of luxury. Apparently. That said, one must ask themselves whether this is an overrated opinion or if linen lovers know something the rest of us don’t?

The following will definitely help you decide which fabric you should invest in next. 


Flax break-down

  • Fibre is used for the production of linen
  • Seeds yield linseed oil. The oil is rich in nutrients, holds dietary fibres and Omega-3 acids.
  • Flax oil is used as a drying oil. Predominantly used by oil painters.

The Flax facts

  • Linen is a vegetable
  • Technically, cellulose fibres within the stalk of the flax plant is used to make linen.

     

  • Success lies in the soil
  • Flax plants can also act as a break crop. The soil quality can therefore be preserved and increases the success of crops to follow. 


    • Waterwise 

    In optimal conditions, the flax plant is able to thrive on only rainwater.


  • Free from fertilizers 
  • The flax plant can yield a strong crop by way of using natural minerals found within the soil.


  • Free for all
  • Flax is self-pollinating.


  • Manual harvesting
  • The highest quality flax fibres are harvested through manual extraction.


  • Carbon killer
  • Flax retains roughly 3.7 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare on a yearly basis.


  • Supple yet supportive
  • The flax fibre is a blast fibre. The long, supportive cells found within the phloem allows for the plants brute strength. While fibre nodes found within the fibres allow for flexibility. 


  • Community care
  • The various processes involved in the production of linen make use of manual operations. Thus creating work for a local workforce which in turn, benefits the community.


    (maybe use the images set out by the SDG here - but in the Wild Fig style)

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

    Linen supports 6 of the SDG goals set out by the United Nations. 


    • Good health and well-being (#3)
    • Decent work and economic growth (#8)
    • Industry, innovation and infrastructure (#9)
    • Responsible consumption and production (#12)
    • Climate action (#13)
    • Life on land (#15)



    Useful links: 

    https://win-win.info/index.php/sustainable-concepts/linen-flax/

    http://news.europeanflax.com/lin/linen-eco-system/

    https://www.decktowel.com/pages/how-linen-is-made-from-flax-to-fabric

    https://www.arc.agric.za/arc-iic/Pages/Flax.aspx


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