The European label Flax®
What is the European label Flax® ?
Created by the CELC (European Confederation of Linen and Hemp), the European label Flax® guarantees the origin of a premium quality linen fiber Cultivated in Western Europe: France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Controlled by independent organizations, Linen Certified European Flax® preserves, values and safeguards European agricultural industries, Its territorial origin and its non-relocating know-how.
Known worldwide, this certification aims to be identified by the end consumer and includes all linen products.
That certifies the European label Flax® ?
The label European Flax® certifies the origin and traceability of European flax. Coming from local agriculture respectful of the environment, this natural fiber, 100% vegetable and vegan, is cultivated without irrigation, GMO and does not produce any waste. The European label Flax® also guarantees fair working conditions From a social and ethical point of view for workers from the entire production chain.
Healthy and lasting, European Flax® certified linen is hypoallergenic and has no risk to consumer health. He has exceptional natural properties: extremely resistant, European linen is a noble textile which is also distinguished by its comfort, its thermoregulatory power and its ability to evacuate humidity.
The rules to be respected
Only textile products that contain at least 70% organic certified fibers can be certified by the GOTS label. They must be assessed and must comply with a certain number of rules on toxicity and biodegradability.
The transformers and manufacturers of the textile industry must meet the social criteria set by the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO). This implies decent remuneration, correct working hours or the formal ban on working children.
The rules of toxicity and biodegradability
All chemical materials must meet several environmental and toxicological criteria. Inputs such as aromatic or halogenated solvents, chlorophenol, deersifs, formaldehyde, fungicides or biocides, functional nanoparticles, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their enzymes are categorically prohibited. Heavy metals as well as azo dyes releasing carcinogenic amino components are banished. Printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited. Singling agents must be based on oxygen and not chlorine. PVC, nickel and chrome are prohibited. Since 2014, all polyesters must be recyclable. Regarding biodegradability, all stakeholders in the supply chain must follow an environmental policy including objectives and procedures aimed at minimizing waste and discharges. The materials used for packaging should in no case contain PVC. All papers and boxes used in packaging or labels must be recyclable or FSC or PEFC certified.
Natural and organic fiber
What is a natural fiber?
A natural fiber is made from materials from nature: cotton, flax, hemp, wool, etc. A natural fiber is not necessarily a biological fiber because it can be subject to chemical treatments in the manufacturing process.
What is a organic fiber?
An organic fiber is always composed of natural fiber. It is cultivated without insecticides, pesticides, or GMOs. Compost or manure are used as organic fertilizers instead.