We all know our planet is struggling to keep afloat in the plastics and the pollution we’ve filled it with, but often times we are at a loss as to how to help. One way you can help is by wearing and using linen products in your life. The Earth will thank you, and so will your body.
Check the tags on your clothes at home. Polyester, viscose rayon, acrylic, and spandex are popular, inexpensive textile options in the fashion industry. Most cheap fabrics are man-made and come from plastic. Polyester, acrylic, and spandex and any other plastic-based textiles are not biodegradable. That polyester blouse you threw away will still be in the landfill 200 years from now and will release methane while it slowly breaks down.
Pure linen is 100% biodegradable and can take as little as two weeks to break down. On the other hand, it is also an extremely durable fabric. An important part of being sustainable is choosing products that can not only decompose properly when their time comes but also last a long time, eliminating the need to keep purchasing a replacement and contributing to landfills.
Cotton bed sheets last between three to five years, before starting to develop holes and large amounts of pilling. Quality linen sheets only get better with three years of age and has the potential to last two to three decades if properly cared for. Linen has a high moisture absorbency rate, so it becomes softer every time you wash it.