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 flax 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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Wash your linens at max. 40°C and if possible, line dry: it is best for linen and the environment. If using a tumbler, dry on medium heat. Iron with steam on slightly damp linen.
For stains, try the following:
- Ink: Soak in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
- Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water.
- Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate: Rub with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.
- Candle wax: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.
- Greasy Stains: Rub with ammonia.
- Red Wine: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.
If stains do not disappear, you can try:
- Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, or dissolving 3.5 oz. sodium borate in boiling water, then add enough cold water to yield 1½ gallons, and let soak for 1 hour.
- Never use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.
Try a traditional remedy: spread the linen out on a sunny meadow or your back yard for a few days!
We care about our waste! If the garment you have bought from us is no longer suitable for you and you can’t resell or hand it down, we will take the garment back. You can email us at email@example.com and we will give you the address to which it can be sent along with a discount code for the bazaar.
If you love the garment, but it’s broken or stained and you do not know how to fix it yourself, we suggest taking it to a professional seamstress.
Our products are shipped in recyclable and reusable carton packaging.
The Tuula Dress is made at Ompelimo Oranssi Unelma, the workshop of dressmaker and seamstress Tuula Espo in Hamina, Finland. Tuula is an artisan and runs the workshop as a one-woman show. She graduated at the local artisan school and specialised in fashion. The Finnish textile industry has always specialised in knitted clothing and the first factories for knitwear were introduced in 1740. In 2008, only about 5,000 people worked in the textile manufacturing industry in Finland, compared to 35,000 in the 60s. It is important for us to support the textile industry to ensure the skills and know how survive.
The pattern is made by our in house patternmaker and wizard Laura Jasiunaite who is based in London.
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