At Piglet in Bed, we mention linen A LOT. In fact, we never stop talking about its benefits and the many reasons why we think linen makes such a good bed companion, from bed sheets to sleepwear. But what is linen? In this post, we want to clear up any myths around the origin of the fabric and highlight some of its key properties that make it not only a wonderfully comfortable material but a natural, sustainable choice too.
Firstly, what is linen and what is it made from?
Linen is a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant, a pretty blue flowered crop, commonly grown in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. In fact, 80% of the world’s production of linen comes from plants grown in Western Europe.
Linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world, with evidence of their use found in the ancient civilizations of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Some people still attribute healing properties to linen, in particular with regards to its antibacterial properties. Bandages were regularly made out of linen as they were believed to be a natural barrier against infection. We wouldn’t recommend turning your lovely linen sheets into bandages any time soon however!
Why is linen considered a sustainable material to produce?
- Every part of the flax plant can be used in the production of linen, so there is zero wastage.
- Flax uses 99.9% natural irrigation (rainwater!) so it doesn’t require additional water usage to grow.
- It is grown with no GMO and is a hardy crop that requires very little fertiliser.
- Linen is a highly durable fabric, which is built to last. This means less waste and ultimately less consumption.
- Piglet in Bed’s linen is OEKO-TEX certified which means it contains no harmful substances.
What are the main properties of linen?
- It is breathable, thanks to its natural long fibres that allow the air to circulate through and around the fabric.
- It is thermoregulating, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- It is absorbent, holding 20% of its weight in water without a sensation of dampness.
- It is super soft and gets softer with wear.
- It is easy to care for and is made to last. We have compiled a complete guide on how to care for your linen, including how to wash, dry and store your linen to ensure it stays in great condition.
Linen is a wonderful fabric, from its sustainable production process to its natural properties made for ultimate comfort. To find out more about the benefits of linen, see our post on why linen is the perfect summer fabric.