What Makes Our Linen Bedsheets Worth the Price?
Let’s address the elephant in the room shall we?
Why are our linen bedsheets so expensive? I mean, don’t we just sleep on them? Why do they cost so much? Why are linen bedsheets better than cotton? What makes our linen bedding worth it?
Our pure linen sheets are made from a plant called Flax, which our suppliers import from France. Flax seems only to be happy growing in cooler climates, with full sun, in a soil known as sandy loam (soil mixed with various parts sand and clay which ensures excellent drainage). Flax is an annual plant - meaning it only grows once per season.
To ensure the fibers are protected and ready to be turned into linen, the whole plant, including its roots, needs to be harvested by hand in one piece. It is an incredibly labour intensive process. No one has yet managed to invent a machine that can harvest the plant quickly, in such a way that no part of it is damaged. Unlike cotton which can be harvested efficiently and quickly with a cotton picking machine.
Once the plants have all been carefully picked, they then go through a three month long process called retting. The plants are exposed to moisture in order to help bacteria form, which in turn causes the rotting process to begin, helping to separate the flax fibers from the stalk. They are then repeatedly crushed between heavy rollers and the long and short fibers separated.
All this work and it still doesn’t resemble fabric!
Flax fibers have no elasticity at all. If they are pulled too hard or quickly they will snap, so the weaving process has to be done slowly and carefully which produces a smaller yield and much higher production costs than cotton.
Ok ok, I know, you’re thinking well, if it's so difficult and expensive to make, then why bother?
Well, let’s see… How long did your last set of cotton bedsheets last before they started to show signs of wear and tear or needing to be completely replaced? Let’s say around 4 to 5 years?
Pure linen is one of the strongest fibers in the world. It is 30% more durable than cotton which means if you take care of your sheets they will still look as lovely as the day you got them in 4-5 years; they can and will last decades if they are cared for properly.
Linen is also far more sustainable to produce than cotton. Flax will grow on terrain that is unsuitable for growing food. It uses far less water in the production process and requires less acreage to grow since the whole plant is used.
Linen can hold up to 20% of its dry weight in moisture before it begins to feel damp. This means it is awesome at absorbing sweat. Perfect if you live in a hot and humid climate like me, or if you’re a sweaty sleeper like my kids!
Not only are those extra long fibers great at absorbing moisture, they are also perfect for transferring heat, meaning that unlike cotton, linen is perfect all year round. It will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It has a heavier feel to it than cotton but it doesn’t feel at all stuffy because it is breathable.
Linen has a natural resin in it, which to begin with may feel a little rough, but with use and washing the fibers will become soft and smooth. So, in 5 years time you could be sleeping on soft, worn out cotton sheets or you could be sleeping on super soft, smooth, as perfect as the day you got them linen sheets! They are a worthwhile investment, which over time could save you money since you won’t need to keep replacing them!
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