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The Deal with Viscose


Many bed sheets are made from viscose, and because the fabric is derived from natural plant fibers, people fall asleep feeling good about their environmental choices. While both linen and viscose start with a plant, the end result is quite different.


Viscose -more commonly referred to as rayon- is made from cellulose (wood pulp), so shouldn't it be eco-friendly? Viscose is neither natural nor synthetic, but somewhere in between, and it has been one of the most misunderstood fabrics.


Its beginning started in 1883, as a cheap alternative to silk. Its first iteration was quite flammable, so it was only in 1905 that it appeared on the market.


While it does begin as wood pulp, the chemical treatment it undergoes changes its properties quite drastically. Caustic soda, ammonia, acetone, and sulfuric acid melt it into a chemical solution that then can be spun into thread. All of the chemicals used to make viscose end up having a very detrimental impact on the workers and the surrounding environment and communities. Many toxins are released into the air and waterways during the production of viscose, and in turn pollutes the resources we ourselves use.


Fabrics are created in a multitude of ways, and viscose is far from the most sustainable. Linen fabric on the other hand requires very little water and no chemicals are needed to create the final product.


Natural flax is processed without harmful chemicals. It is a natural, sustainable, environmentally friendly fiber that takes 75% less resources to process than cotton. Unlike cotton, flax linen fabric becomes softer with washing, can absorb vast amounts of moisture without weakening the fibers and linen bedding, linen duvet covers, linen tablecloths and linen clothing made from flax fiber can last a lifetime and become a family heirloom passed down for generations.


On our site you can find linen duvet in different colors and sizes, follow the link: duvet


Sources:

https://www.contrado.co.uk/blog/what-is-viscose/


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