For the bulk of our product line, we dye and print on linen or linen blends from Belgium and the US.
Linen is our choice for fabric because of its beauty, durability and lower environmental impact. It requires far less water, fertilizer and pesticide than cotton, creating less agricultural waste and a much lower environmental impact than cotton.
In cultivating its linen, our Belgian supplier uses no artificial irrigation. Plants are pulled from the root minimizing the impact on the soil. Their farmers employ a very environmentally friendly technique called Dew Retting to prepare the plant for processing. The entire linen plant is used, ensuring no waste.
The natural linen we use for digital printing is certified to be free of any residual chemicals that can be harmful to people during the processing or end use of the fabric. In other words, it is Oekotex certified. Any piece-dyed fabrics we use, to back vintage pillows, for example, have been dyed with water-based non-azo dye stuff. Bleaching processes utilize a natural oxygen-based hydrogen peroxide process, rather than chlorine. These fully natural grounds are biodegradable, though frankly, there are not yet processing facilities to biodegrade fabric.
Our supplier’s weaving and warehouse facilities are certified carbon-neutral, with all electricity generated using wind power or solar panels installed on their roofs. When water is used to process fibers, it is treated after use, resulting in water that is five times cleaner than when it was removed from the water stream.
Periodically we use linen blends to increase durability. Natural fibers are marvelous, but incorporating a synthetic blend results in a textile that will outlast a completely natural fabric. We design products that are meant to be timeless and last for decades, and offering customers the opportunity to print on a blend fabric allows us all to reach out sustainability and environmental impact goals.