Flax offers multiple ecosystem benefits. Flax is biodegradable and can be grown in cold climates (or off season), allowing for increased crop rotation and helping farmers use less land. This can alleviate deforestation as farmers seek to meet increasing demands. Flax also grows quickly and requires less irrigation, pesticides and herbicides, helping to stabilize and protect local water sources.
- The whole flax plant can be used, leaving no waste.
- Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it a more eco-friendly fabric.
- Because it’s a natural fiber, flax linen is recyclable and biodegradeable
- Flax is gentle on the land and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles, preventing soil depletion.
- Very little energy is required to process flax.
- Linen yarn is inherently strong, which reduces the need for starching during spinning and weaving.
- Linen fabrics can be recycled into paper and insulation materials for the car industry.
- Flax linen is many times stronger than cotton, which means clothing, window treatments, and upholstery made from linen are made to last, rather than wind up in a landfill.
As an alternative to toxic conventional cotton growth, organic cotton delivers proven benefits for people and the environment. Here are just a few:
- It gives control back to the farmers not GM corporations
- It eliminates synthetic pesticides that poison our waters, wildlife, and the people who work with them. Organic takes the enormous toxic impact out of producing cotton.
- It helps farmers feed their families. Organic farmers grow a diversity of crops to maintain soil and fight off pests. By diversifying crops, farmers also diversify their income, helping insure farmers against crop failure, climate variability, and market fluctuations.
- It helps save precious water. Organic cotton production uses less water than conventional growth, preserving a scarce resource.
- It helps combat climate change. Not only does organic cotton produce up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions, it actually helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere because organic soil becomes a carbon 'sink'.