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The Renaissance of Pure Linen

Linen has a history that is thousands of years long, being one of the first fibers ever woven.  Durable and readily available it continued to gain in popularity and prominence until it was usurped by cotton, a new product which had the unfortunate allure of being produced quickly and economically by spinning machines and plantation labor.   Synthetic fibers were also introduced to great acclaim.  Their promises to be waterproof, quick drying or no-iron seemed to good to be true and, of course, they were.

Today, the clothing industry is a several trillion dollar a year business and the Organic Trade Association has estimated that cotton production uses one-fourth of the entire world’s fertilizers.  Spinning machines and plantation labor forces have been transplanted to developing countries.  The Organic Trade Asssociation has estimated that one fourth of the world's fertilizers are used in cotton production and heavy petrochemicals have become an important part of the production of synthetic fabrics. It seemed that the days of natural fibers harvested by hand were gone.

It was the environmental movement that helped linen make a substantial come back.  Understandings of carbon footprints have engendered people's interest in a product's composition, production and disposal.   Linen  is a natural, renewable resource that only needs the sun and rain to grow which means it requires no irrigation.  It is fully bio-degradeable which is great news for our overtaxed landfills.  It's also free of petrochemicals which is pretty good news if you have your head in your pillow for eight hours every night.  It's hypoallergenic too.

Pure linen is still considered a luxury by most because of its initial price tag but thankfully for those who love it, it is worth every penny long term.  In terms of quality, linen is several times stronger than other fabrics which means it is just hitting its stride when other fabrics have long since worn out.  It's also beautiful.  This explains why European families often pass their linens down to the next generation.

Whether you favor linen for its ecological dimension or for its indisputable beauty, we hope you enjoy it. 
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