This Surprise Material Is Taking Sustainable Fashion By Storm--Why You'll Love It

May 11, 2017

Are you looking to update your closet with more environmentally friendly options? Want to add some durable, timeless pieces to your existing wardrobe without going broke? We can help. Move over, organic cotton–linen is the new cool kid on the block.

What is linen and why is it sustainable?
Linen is actually not a new textile–it dates back to around 8,000 BCE when Egyptians used it as a means of currency–and it has long been heralded as one of the most sustainable textiles around. Linen is made from flax plant fibers, which are harvested and eventually spun and woven into the fabric that can be used to make clothing, sheets, and even soap. Whereas plants like cotton require a substantial amount of water (and often pesticides), flax plants require very little water and chemicals to thrive. Moreover, flax can be easily introduced to crop rotation cycles, which prevents harmful soil depletion (and, by extension, doesn’t disrupt biodiversity). Oh, and it’s completely biodegradable. #micdrop

Why should I wear linen?
Besides the points mentioned above, linen is becoming a popular fabric because of its durability and versatility. Linen is very strong, so you can wear it for years without so much as a tear. It can also withstand high temperatures, making it a perfect fabric for your summer vacay or a relaxing day at the beach.

One of linen’s major selling points is that it’s one of few textiles known to improve with age, so the more you wear and wash it, the softer and cozier it gets.

Now, you might be wondering, “Doesn’t linen wrinkle a lot?” The answer is yes, it does. That might be a deal breaker for some who like their clothes smooth and crisp, but I happen to prefer the “lived-in” look quite a bit. And if you’re really concerned, you can always run an iron over the item before you head out the door.

Where should I buy linen?
There are so many great options for those interested in investing in some linen staples. To start, here are some linen basics to add to your eco-conscious closet.

Everlane Linen Collection

Everlane has a beautifully curated and relatively affordable collection of linen styles (many of which I own!). We’re especially into the Linen Collarless Square Shirt (pictured below) and the Linen Sweater Tank.

Vaute Graham Dress

This dress is made of a linen-cotton blend and drapes beautifully on the body. Perfect for spring and summer weddings! For a limited time, this dress is on sale $75 off, so buy it while you can!

Sotela Mara Jumpsuit

I *may* have bought this jumpsuit recently, and it fits like a dream! Form-fitting without feeling tight, this one-piece is light, airy, and incredibly soft.

Elizabeth Suzann Linen Collection

Elizabeth Suzann designs, sews, and ships their pieces all under one roof, and all clothes are made-to-order. While every linen piece is thoughtfully designed and classic, my favorite pieces are the Georgia Tee (pictured below) and the Clyde Dress.

Have you added linen to your conscious wardrobe yet?

Also by Molly: 10 Spring Dresses By Conscious Designers We Are Freaking Out About

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Photo: Everlane; Vaute; Sotela; Elizabeth Suzann

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Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.


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