The Gathered Laura linen dresses are made out of Belgian linen. The linen we use from Libeco is woven in their carbon neutral fabric mill in Meulebeke, Belgium. All the flax comes from Belgium and France and the yarns are spun in Europe. River water is used for the dyestuff. After it has been used, the wastewater goes through a treatment facility and the water then goes back to the river, cleaner than before. The area where Libeco has been operating since the 1800s is known for its flax production. Libeco is the oldest and largest linen producer in Belgium. They carry the CELC Masters of Linen label which is awarded to fabrics made in the EU from fiber to finished textile. All Libeco fabrics are compliant with the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. Libeco has also implemented renewable energy in order to reduce its carbon emissions.
Linen production is almost zero waste, as flax roots are so long that almost 100% are utilised and leftovers like flax dust can be used for wall insulations. The seeds provide oil for dyes, paint, cosmetics and floor coverings. The by-products of linen production are processed into a pulp used for banknotes or fiberboard. Flax does not require irrigation during growth and needs little or no chemical treatment. Linen fabric is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. The environmental impact of spinning and weaving flax is virtually zero. The extraction of flax fibers is mechanical, so no chemicals are needed in the process. As linen garments are said to get better and softer with age and each wash, having and cherishing a linen garment for a long time is desirable.
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