Flax grows and thrives well in cool and wet climates, which means that irrigation is not necessary. This makes linen a good choice for the planet, since water is often a shortcoming.
Linen is relatively easy to take care of since it is so resistant to dirt and stains. It has relatively minor linting and pilling tendencies, feels cool to the touch and can easily be dry-cleaned, machine-washed or steamed. It can withstand high temperatures, has moderate shrinkage and gets softer and more beautiful the more it is washed. Linen also absorb water more effectively compared to cotton.
100% linen can be washed in between 40–90°C. Linen terry and linen/cottton mixes should be washed in between 40–60°C. Unwashed linen has a shrinkage of ca 5–7%. It should not be tumble dried too extensively (except for towelling where it is recommended). It is much easier to iron when it’s damp. Linen also wrinkles very easily, something that is a part of it’s special charm and beauty.