European Flax® is the qualitative visa of premium European linen fibre for all applications. It preserves, highlights
and safeguards a uniquely European agriculture and industry, its regional origins and its inherent non-relocatable know-how. An ambitious global label that aims to be recognized by the final consumer. The English word "flax" has been purposefully chosen: it translates the notion of the "linen fibre", and is more appropriate than the generic word "linen" whose definitions take in thread, linen textiles and homeware textiles. The term "all applications" encompasses all the employed uses and products with a linen fibre base, as much fashion and home textile as high-performance technical products, such as composite materials. The European Flax® Charter, signed by all the linen producers, guarantees a level of local farming that respects the environment: zero irrigation, zero gmo, zero waste. It fits flawlessly into the cycle of good environmental practices promoted by the label Cradle to Cradle.
Its users undertake to comply with the label's objectives:
-to certify a guarantee of transparency and security for each stage of production - from seed to fibreto be a brand -open to all prospective potential: a qualitative visa European flax fibre that anticipates and participates in the opening of new markets for fashion, lifestyle, home and technical opportunities
-to participate in the entry into new geographical markets
-to preserve the agricultural product
-to establish the role of flax as a natural vegetal fibre helping to protect eco-systems through the best cultivation practices European Flax® linen fibre is the raw material for the majority of CLUB MASTERS OF LINEN® companies.
More information on The European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC)
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
Testing for harmful substances includes:
legally regulated substances
known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals
as well as parameters for health care
In their entirety the requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation.
The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
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The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.
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