Organic linen refers to linen that is made from plant fibers as opposed to synthetic means. But more importantly, the plants have been grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
The term “linen” is often used in a generic sense to describe a certain textiles such as bedding, table cloths, towels, etc. This is quite a general use of the term and it doesn’t refer to what the term “linen” was originally used for. Linen originally referred to yarn and fabric made from flax fibers (from the flax plant).
These days linen could be made from flax fibers, cotton, hemp, or it could be synthetic. Therefore, the term linen is now a little ambiguous.
If you are a purist, you might say that true linen is made from flax fibers.
Where Can I get Organic Linen?
Nowadays, there are plenty of products on the market made of “organic linen” or “eco-friendly linen”. While some of these products may be made from flax fibers, many of them are made from other fibers.
- Crespi1797, a company from the 18th century, continue to produce pure linen made from flax
- MikkaWork, a Chinese company, make organic linen
- Australian company, ecoLinen uses organic cotton in their eco-friendly linen products. ecoLinen are the first linen company in Australia to be certified organic by SKAL International
- Rawganique produce organic clothes, towels, and bedding. They use use flax linen as well as hemp and organic cotton in their products