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Linen, the material for a sustainable house in 2021

Written by Ines Reig Llorens

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Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:4

If you want to lead a healthier, more sustainable and conscious lifestyle, in this post we are going to give you the keys to having a more sustainable home. One of the star materials that will fulfill its objective will be linen. Find out all about him in dE.LENZO!

1.Reasons for switching to natural textile fibers

Natural textile fibers have multiple benefits for your health and your body, and surely you did not know that surrounding yourself with these fibers can help your quality of life.

What are the characteristics of fibers that are NOT natural?

First of all, synthetic fibers like polyester don't breathe. They keep (so to speak) the particles with which they come into contact and the very pore of the fiber is covered, not allowing it to breathe. Many fibers that are not natural, such as spandex or acrylic, originate from oil and derivatives...Hasn't it ever happened to you that you've entered a low cost store and smelled the smell of pure plastic, of oil... ..? You should run away from those types of shops.
Secondly, unnatural fibers tend to cause skin itching, irritation or sensitivity. For this reason, they are not indicated for people who have allergies or atopic skin.

Other reasons not to use synthetic fibers

Thirdly, it is true that the price is much cheaper compared to a 100% natural fiber; This is because the producing companies are able to reduce their costs as much as possible to have more margin and be able to sell the cheapest products to attract the market.

We have investigated on the Body Ecology page and we have found what are the chemical products used for the production of non-natural textiles:

✔️If a garment is made of polyester, it is the worst fabric you can buy. That garment will be made from synthetic polymers that are themselves made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terephthalic acid.

✔️Acrylic fabrics are polyacrylonitriles and can cause cancer, according to the EPA.

✔️Rayon is a recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals such as caustic soda, ammonia, acetone, and sulfuric acid to resist washing and regular use.

✔️Acetate and triacetate are made from wood fibers (cellulose) and undergo extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product.

✔️Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish which can be harmful.

✔️Many wrinkle and stain resistant fabrics are treated with perfluorinated toxins (PFCs) such as Teflon.

To have a healthy lifestyle you must change the way you consume towards a much more sustainable and conscious one, both inside and outside the home. At the same time, you will be having respect for the planet since, if you buy products made with synthetic material, you will be supporting the long process of decomposition of this material and inevitably creating more waste on our planet.


What reasons are there for using natural fibers?

If you value having a different lifestyle, start by using natural textiles since they are 100% biodegradable (if they are pure in their composition) and they are also antibacterial, they do not cause allergies or itching on the skin. skin

One of the benefits that we find most interesting is the type of ions they give off. Did you know that there are positive and negative ions? Walking through the middle of a forest, surrounded by trees will make your body receive negative ions; sleeping with linen sheets will also produce these types of ions. On the other hand, synthetic fibers will produce positive ions. And what does all this mean? Technically an ion is formed when an atom gains or loses electrons, if it gains electrons it becomes a negative ion (anion) and if it loses electrons it becomes a positive ion (cation). For example, positive ion charges produce radiation at more or less level but they do produce it.

2.Properties of linen, a 100% natural and eco-friendly material

At dE.LENZO we work with linen in a respectful way, turning the linen fabric into a sustainable and eco-friendly product with the environment, with simple and traditional processes. Our goal is that when you buy products made with linen fabric you do so to create a sustainable home, and without a doubt, if you use this natural fiber, you will achieve it.

Next, we are going to explain some of the properties of linen. Where you will best capture and feel its benefits will be at bedtime with linen sheets, there is nothing better or healthier for your body and mind.

✔️Linen is a natural tfabric that regulates body temperature: Linen fabric is cool in summer and in winter it will maintain your body temperature, achieving an optimal temperature for your body whatever the season of the year whatever.

✔️Textile linen is more resistant than cotton: This fabric resists tears better and is much more durable... they say that you can live a lifetime with only two sets of linen bedding .

✔️Flax consumes much less water than cotton in its cultivation and production: We start from the basis that flax hardly needs water for irrigation, nor does it need pesticides or viricides. Did you know that 2,700 liters of water are needed to produce enough cotton for a single T-shirt? Most people will prefer cotton to polyester because it is a natural plant-based product, but surprisingly, both fibers are similar when it comes to environmental impact

✔️Linen fabric is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable: It is the best option for a sustainable home.

✔️It is an ecological fabric: As we have mentioned before, linen hardly needs water for its cultivation, it is a super grateful plant and also does not need chemicals for its maintenance.

3.Linen fabric in a sustainable house, how do we add it?

We have previously written about the uses of linen for a sustainable home, highlighting the importance of starting with bedding. So let's start there. The linen bedding is sustainable and at the same time super elegant and with a very rustic look...we love it and there can't be a bed dressed with more "rollazo" than with the washed linen, soft, with drape and with a super unique wrinkle.

The importance of certificates

In the market you will find linens and linens but, if you want to lead a healthier and more sustainable life, make sure that the linen is certified Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX This certification ensures that the fabric has not been treated with chemical substances that are harmful to health, and also indicates that the fabric has been produced under decent and respectful conditions. If you are not sure if the product has the certification, consult it before buying.

The first step towards a more sustainable change

If you want to invest in a linen set for the bedroom and it is your first time using this textile, we recommend that you start by buying a complete set (fitted sheet, top sheet and pillowcases) that It is much cheaper and, furthermore, we would choose it in basic colors such as white or natural linen... Reason? The classic colors with linen never fail, they are timeless and you will not get tired of them... you will use the linen bedding a lot.

If, on the other hand, you want to mix the sheets you already have with a piece of linen, we suggest the linen duvet cover. In a house there are always white sheets, right? Well, in this case we recommend that you choose a duvet cover in a more striking color, different and special, such as the tiled linen duvet cover that has us in love.

To finish arranging the bed, forget about those "doubtful" decorative cushions and choose to buy some linen bed cushions that will dress it up much more. Our Jaipur linen cushions are a very good option, they are full of color and have a fraying that is handmade that gives it that unique and special value that craftsmanship has.

4.Linen fabric in the bathroom for a comfortable and healthy space

When we have already changed the bedding, we advise you to continue through the bathroom, another of the spaces in the house that we have to take into account when it comes to having a more conscious and respectful lifestyle.

The first thing you should do is throw away any sponges you have that are not natural; After all, these types of sponges are made of plastics, they scratch and are not good for your skin... also, did you know that with use they release polluting micro-particles?

Next, start using reusable and organic make-up remover pads, and forget about throwaway cotton pads (not to mention ear sticks). To be sure that the discs are made of organic cotton, they must indicate that they have the GOTS (Global Organic Textile) certificate. You should also start using more containers made of glass and not so much plastic.

Sustainable change with bath towels

We have already mentioned before the great consumption of water generated by cotton. Many of the bath towels that we see on the market are made of cotton and very few are organic. The curl of the towels of this fabric ends up opening, its aesthetics worsen and as the years go by we end up throwing them away.

What is the most sustainable solution to today's bath towels?

Linen towels have all the properties of this wonderful natural fiber: moisture absorption, fast drying and respect for the skin are what we highlight the most.

At dE.LENZO we have two types of linen bath towels: terry towel or waffle towel.The curly linen towel is a traditional terry towel but made with 100% washed linen; In addition, the linen terry is sewn on a 100% cotton base. The terry of this towel is much more closed than that of conventional bath towels, it does not open as much thanks to the absorption power that linen has. On the other hand, we love waffle towels because of the type of construction they have (they are shaped like a honeycomb), which favors the rapid absorption of water after a shower.

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We hope you liked this post on how to transform your home into a much more sustainable one thanks to this wonderful fabric.

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