Linen, a determined option for quality and sustainability

CELC - European Confederation of Flax and Hemp.

The first vestiges of the use of Linen date from the Upper Palaeolithic.

It was probably used to make ropes. Later, spinning would  develop to make threads and fabrics a complete manual way.

The first yarns using the spindle are found in:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Mesopotamia
  • The Middle East
  • Western Europe

(There is evidence dated between 4000 and 5000 years BC.)

The linen, together with hemp and of course wool (and other animal hair) they are the first fibers used to dress our ancestors. First, to protect itself from the cold and later to become a fundamental product in the development of trade and the economy of the Mediterranean region.

In Western Europe, the cultivation and use of flax as a textile fiber was well established in the Gaul region before the Roman occupation.

In the 8th century, Charlemagne protected linen craftsmanship. Later, in the 13th century a weaver from the Cambrai area produced the fabric known by its name (Baptiste), the “batiste”, which represents a leap in quality that elevates flax to the level of a noble and qualitative fabric that leads to today.

Linen Propieties

The linen fiber has a high moisture absorption , thanks to its large amount of pectins. This property makes linen one of the most comfortable fibers during the summer season. It is also hypoallergenic and has antibacterial properties which makes it especially suitable for delicate skin.

We can manufacture coarse fabrics for outer garments with linen, as well as fine, soft fabrics of high quality for clothing in contact with the skin or bedding. Being a fiber very resistant to breakage, it can also be used in outdoor garments.

Recently, and out of the textile industry, flax fibers have been used, among other applications, in the composite materials industry, replacing aramids and carbon fiber, thanks to their lightness and resistance. These materials have high-tech applications in the sports, automotive or aviation industries.

One step further in the world of sustainability

Linen is a fiber that, processed mechanically, is more environmentally friendly than cotton itself:

  • The flax plant can be grown without the need for artificial irrigation
  • It regenerates the soil
  • It has higher yields than cotton
  • Contributing to the absorption and fixation of CO2.
  • It needs minimal amounts of fertilizers and phytosanitary products that are reduced to zero in the certified organic, GOTS or OCS options.

It is therefore, a fiber of renewable origin and, like all natural fibers, with a biodegradable end of life.

80% of the world production of flax for textile use has European origin, mainly in the north of France, Belgium and the Netherlands, which contributes to the development of the local agrarian community and allows a production process of proximity.

Development of the local community, cultivation that respects the environment, local production, fabrics and garments of quality and durability. Natural, renewable, regenerative and biodegradable. A perfect option for a more sustainable and responsible textile.

Although it is a fiber used since ancient times, the use of flax does not account for more than 1% of world fiber production. The new values of sustainability in the textile and fashion industry open a future for the development of all the potential offered by linen. At Holistex and especially at Dobert Textile, we believe in this, and so linen is one of our main fibers. We are confident on that our customers will also appreciate the properties of it and that all together we can give new push to the European Flax industry.

EUROPEAN FLAX® Certification

The European flax sector is represented by the CELC (European Flax and Hemp Confederation) who carry  out promotional actions, helps farmers, fiber and industrial processors and promotes research into new applications for these fibers. It is also the owner and the one who grants the EUROPEAN FLAX® certification, which guarantees the European origin of flax fiber as well as traceability and best industrial practices throughout the supply chain.

Dobert Textile, our Meroltex weaving mill and our Apreslan dyeing and finishing plant are partners of the CELC and have the European Flax certification.

 

Source: CELC (http://news.europeanflax.com/celc/)

Holistex fabrics commitment

Commitment to sustainable fibers

Every year around 150 billion garments are manufactured and only 1 in 1,000 pieces sold is recycled. *

In Spain, it is estimated that more than 80% of the fabrics produced go to the landfill, and although collection and recycling rates in Europe as a whole improve, they hardly reach 50%.

 

We are facing a global concern, every year millions of closets are filled with pieces of clothing destined to go to the landfill, which are finally burned or buried with other waste in the earth.

The main problem lies in a compulsive and unwise purchasing. We should change the focus and start being conscious buyers, buyers of what we are really going to be able to use and reuse, in order to stimulate collaboration to achieve a circular fashion economy in the future. However, the life cycle of a product depends on many factors and we cannot always be in control of them.

Recycling and the biodegradable end of life of a product is our primary focus as it guarantees the restart of the cycle and the care of the environment and people. At Holistex Group, we have been concerned with working with recycled materials and materials that biodegrade in a relatively short time.

More and more companies like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, IKEA … carry out programs that promote the recycling of their own pieces of clothing, both to resell it and to manufacture new pieces.

Creativity, care and love for what we do, make the group’s sustainable textile production possible today. To ensure that our processes are sustainable, our holistic vision is focused on innovation and development, productive improvement and optimization of resources.

Always committed to the use of fibers of natural origin, that is, renewable and with a biodegradable end of life, at Holistex Group we constantly work in the search for best practices at source.

At Dobert Textile, 95% of the fibers consumption are of natural origin and biodegradable and part of the remaining 5% comes from recycled synthetic fibers (polyester and polyamide), as is the case with the Econyl material. Wool accounts for 30%, linen and cotton account for more than 35%, 84% of our cellulosic fibers come from the most environmentally friendly options such as lyocell TENCEL (20% of the total fiber volume) and ECOVERO viscose.

Our experience and the union of knowledge of the entire group guarantee a proximity, traceable and transparent production process, with the maximum benefit for the consumer and the environment.

Holistex Group continues the history of creativity and innovation in the textile industry, maintaining an ethical commitment to minimize environmental impact and continue creating solutions for sustainable development, the planet and the people.

 

*Source: Eileen Fisher

Our Certifications & Standards

materiales reciclados

Why are certifications important?

The Fashion and Textile sector is considered one of the most polluting in the world. Fortunately, sustainability is becoming one of the fundamental pillars for companies. However, we still have a long way to go, from the selection of our raw materials, to the circularity of the end of life of the product, through the production processes, not to mention the consumption habits of our society.

Consumers in general and new generations in particular are becoming aware of the great environmental and social challenges that are presented to us. Our obligation as an integral part of the sector’s value chain is to respond to this need.

At Holistex we know that the decisions we make today have consequences for the future of our Planet. For this reason we are committed to our actions taking into account how we can contribute to improving and conserving our natural environment. Like many other companies in the sector, we are determined to work to leave a better world for future generations.

In the same way, we think that it is important to be able to demonstrate these wishes with facts. One of the ways we can do this is with the help of certification systems. There are many certifications and initiatives related to sustainability in our sector.

At Holistex, we are proud to have been the first company in Spain to obtain the BLUESIGN® certification in 2012. BLUESIGN® is one of the most demanding certifications in terms of product health and safety, efficiency and traceability of processes and respect for safety and welfare of workers.

What is BLUESIGN®?

BLUESIGN® is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work and everyone to live. Powered with a holistic approach, BLUESIGN® traces the path of each textile throughout the manufacturing process, making improvements at all stages of the production process. At the same time, it improves the environmental impact of fabrics, as a solution provider and knowledge agent, it acts as an independent verifier to ensure trust and transparency. Consistent with this approach, it encourages the industry to step up its efforts in sustainable processes step by step.

Definitely, BLUESIGN® represents the vision and mentality of responsible and sustainable manufacturing of consumer textile products.

In addition, we have other certificates that reinforce our vision, those are:

OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100

Is the most widespread and recognized certification in relation to the safety of textile products for consumers.

Global Recycled Standard, Organic 100 and Organic Blended

Are the certifications that allow us to guarantee the traceability throughout our production process, of the fabrics made up of fibers from organic cultivation and of recycled origin, and as an extension of the rest of our products.

At Holistex Group we stand out for our holistic vision for sustainable textile production, thanks to our traceability and transparency regarding the production process we have the previous certifications and we continue working to obtain future certificates that continue to support our work.