A true « carbon well », each year one hectare of flax retains 3,7 tons of CO2. And this is not the least of its « green » advantages. Flax has proven itself as an excellent break crop: renewed in rotation every 6 to 7 years, flax naturally produces optimal soil quality, thereby increasing returns on the following crops..
We see its ecological consciousness throughout the industry. Mechanical activities are a part of each operation in its transformation – scutching, combing, spinning, weaving.
Counting all stages of production, the European linen industry is made up of 10,000 companies in 14 countries of the EU : a network of interactive professionnals – growers, scutchers, spinners, weavers, knitters, finishers, traders.
Linen helps maintain an economic and social fabric in rural zones. Its growth and transformation require a large, qualified, local work force. The Linen industry is committed to respecting the laws of the International Labor Office.
« Flax cultivation has positive effects on eco-system diversity and offers a welcome environmental pause for soil quality, bio-diversity and landscapes » (Source : Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament, Brussels, May 20, 2008).
A « militant » plant that respects the environment and preserves the land – as well as the surrounding plants and wildlife – flax protects the soil and water resources : it needs 0 irrigation (rain water is enough to grow it) and very little input (fertilizer and phytosanitary).
Environmental excellence: organic flax cultivation. Flax is also grown on organic converted farms. Its culture is certified without synthetic products (fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and regulators are prohibited), which ensures a complete absence of residues of these products in the fiber and the soil after harvesting. Today, nearly 200 acres of organic flax are grown in France and international specifications ensures the traceability of fibers from organic flax cultivation to final consumer (GOTS label).