What is linen?
Linen is a natural material made from flax, also known as linseed. Flax is used both as a source of food (including an egg substitute in Vegan baking) and for its fibre to make clothing, bedding, and towels to name just a few. If you are a visual person like me, this 2 minute video on making linen is definitely worth the watch.
Is linen sustainable?
- Compared to other natural materials like cotton, linen requires less water and pesticides to grow, and you can avoid pesticides altogether by choosing organic linen.
- Linen is 30% stronger than cotton and is long lasting thanks to the long, thick flax fibres that are spun or woven together to form the linen fabric.
- There is very little waste from growing flax as most parts are used either for fabric or food production.
- It is also said that linen improves with age, becoming softer with every wear making it a wonderful life-long addition to any conscious closet.
These qualities make linen a great sustainable choice for your home and clothing.
Why we are a huge fan of linen dresses
While soft, linen can have a natural stiffness, which means linen dresses have a beautiful flow and drape to them. Linen is also breathable and a great fabric to wear in Australia as the fibres are porous and keep you cool in the mid-day sun, while also having the ability to insulate during cooler periods. This makes long linen dresses a great tran-seasonal choice. Linen is also fast drying, making it perfect for beachwear that might get splashed at the shoreline.
Sustainable linen clothing brands we love
Designed in Australia and made in Bali using traditional block printing and hand dying techniques ensures that each piece is unique to 2020.DESIGN. The garments are all manufactured by a small production family business that shares 2020.DESIGN’s ethical values and practices. Discover the collection.
Each timeless linen item is crafted in small batches in New South Wales, Australia. They use surplus linen for their garments, as well as some other surplus fabrics including organic bamboo and Tencel that would otherwise go to waste. Discover the collection.
Proudly and ethically made in Australia, Love Linen is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, which ensures their workers are given fair wages and working conditions. They use high-quality European linen which costs more, but is a better value than linen from China or India, and complies with their commitment to quality, sustainability and basic human rights. Discover the collection.
Luna + Sun is Australian made and uses Oeko-Tex certified materials in their garments. In addition to most of their items being 100% linen, their hanging ribbons are made by linen and each clothing label is organic cotton. Luna + Sun is also accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring all their workers are paid appropriately, receive their legal entitlements and are working in safe conditions throughout their entire supply chain. Discover the collection.
Each mindful and minimalist piece is ethically made in Poland in safe and fair working conditions. All Seaside Tones fabrics are organic and made from the highest quality pure Polish linen, plus they are coloured without any harmful chemicals. Discover the collection.
Designed and made in Melbourne, Australia, Wilga uses predominantly natural fibres such as linen to create unique, breezy pieces that can be easily styled up or down, making them at home in any closet. Discover the collection.
Milk & Thistle is known for their signature digital and screen-prints on well-constructed, easy-fit garments, and is entirely designed, printed and made in Australia. Their Spring 2020 collection features gorgeous 100% linen dresses with designed both with style and comfort in mind. Discover the collection.
Lithuanian ethical fashion label Mantaikotai uses all-natural fabrics to produce beautiful classic garments in tunning natural colours. All garments are made by hand either by owner Lina or with help from a small group of tailors. Discover the collection.
Nich create ethically handcrafted garments that are both beautiful and breathable. Nich is a Ukrainian brand that uses linen to create relaxing and stylish clothing for sizes XS to XXL. Discover the collection.
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Vikki Trims is passionate about raw, natural fabrics and simple luxury. Vikki mindfully handcrafts each item and designs them to be comfortable, timeless, minimalist and feminine, while remaining affordable. Vikki Trims linen is sourced from ethical factories in Europe and each garment is designed and made in Perth, Australia. Discover the collection.