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June 24th, 2019

Edition 12

Organic linen

Cultivated at springtime, organic flax is demanding and difficult to master technically. To be certified as organic linen, the flax has to match strict requirements. The seed has to be organic, the seedbed has to be planted in healthy soils, and producers have to be careful with neighboring cultures to avoid insects without using pesticides, or other artificial products : fertilizers, phytosanitary products, herbicides...

Traceability for organic agriculture in textile manufacturing is provided by the Global Organic Textile Standard production specification (GOTS). For all flax cultivation, organic or not, the famers have to wait 6 to 7 years to cultivate flax again on the same plot of land. And in organic agriculture, the flax has to integrate a rotation of organic cultures in the farming operation. Attached to a cooperative and associative sector that brings together organic flax producers, this culture is very widespread in Normandy, along the North coast of the Channel, and in the Brie in Seine-et-Marne, thanks to the climate of these regions.

In the spirit of promoting local production, we worked with linen fibers from flax cultivated in Normandy and then woven in Belgium. Our linen clothes from edition 12 are made in Mayenne, within a narrow range of the location the flax is cultivated.