What is the European Flax® label?

Created by the CELC (European Flax and Hemp Confederation), the European Flax® label guarantees the origin of a premium quality flax fiber grown in Western Europe: France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Controlled by independent bodies, European Flax® certified linen preserves, enhances and safeguards European agricultural industries, its territorial origin and its know-how that cannot be relocated.

Known worldwide, this certification is intended to be identified by the end consumer and covers all flax-based products.

The rules to follow

Environmental rules

Only textile products that contain at least 70% certified organic fibers can be certified with the GOTS label. They must be assessed and must comply with a number of rules on toxicity and biodegradability.

Social rules

Transformers and manufacturers in the textile industry must respect the social criteria set by the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO). This implies decent pay, decent working hours and even the formal ban on child labour.

Toxicity and biodegradability rules

All chemical materials must meet several environmental and toxicological criteria. Inputs such as aromatic or halogenated solvents, chlorophenol, detergents, formaldehyde, fungicides or biocides, functional nanoparticles, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their enzymes are categorically prohibited. Heavy metals and azo dyes releasing carcinogenic amino compounds are banned. Printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited. Bleaching agents should be oxygen-based, not chlorine-based. PVC, nickel and chrome are prohibited. Since 2014, all polyesters must be recyclable. Regarding biodegradability, all actors in the supply chain must follow an environmental policy including objectives and procedures aimed at minimizing waste and releases. The materials used for packaging must in no case contain PVC. All paper and cardboard 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, linen, hemp, wool, etc. A natural fiber is not necessarily an organic fiber as it may be subjected to chemical treatments in the manufacturing process.

What is an organic fiber?

An organic fiber is always composed of natural fiber. It is grown without insecticides, pesticides or GMOs. Compost or manure is used as organic fertilizer instead.