The Linen used in our clothing comes from China and is imported into India. At the moment, Linen is the only fiber we cannot trace from cultivation. We love working with linen because it’s extremely breathable and great for the warmer months. On top of it all, linen has amazing sustainable attributes.
While the research into the LCA of linen is somewhat bare, flax (the fiber that linen is composed of) is mostly rain-fed which bodes well for any cellulose fabric in terms of sustainability. One study found that the cultivation of linen uses four times less water and reduces ecotoxicity by about eight times when compared to conventional cotton. The difference in ecotoxicity is due to the limited use of pesticides in the growing of flax.
We are aware that flax does have some down sides, such as the use of chemicals during the retting process and the use of certain finishes. At the moment, we don’t have the specifics for how our linen was treated. We are working hard to not only track down the supplier for our linen, but to also make sure that it’s of the highest standards in terms of environmental responsibility. If we cannot achieve that with the current linen supplier, we will look elsewhere. This is a growing pain for a small business like us, but we promise that we will improve and learn more. Again, linen is the only fiber we do not have cultivation information for. All linen was imported to India and woven by our amazing team at Five P Venture!