Labels and Certificates
What is Belgian Linen™?
Linen fabric is made by weaving yarns of flax fabres. The Belgian Linen™ label stands for linen fabrics that are woven in Belgium with European flax. To obtain the label, the linen has to comply to these criteria:
- The linen fabric has to be woven in Belgium
- At least 85% of the weight of the flax used has to be natural flax fibers of EU-origin
Belgian Linen stands for traditional craftsmanship at the highest possible standards. Linen is one of the most durable and sustainable fibers in the world. By combining these qualities with traditional craftsmanship, Belgian Linen™ takes linen it to a next level of comfort and durability. By buying Belgian Linen products, you are assured of linen that will last a lifetime.
Be careful when you see mentions of "Belgian Flax Linen" or "European Flax Linen". They have not been woven by Belgian weavers and are not synonymous with Belgian Linen™. These labels could indicate that the products are produced with flax grown in Belgium. Be aware that the linen used in these products could be of an inferior quality.
The Belgian Linen™ label was launched for the first time in 1960 by the Belgian Linen Association and has been governing the label ever since. Each product that carries a Belgian Linen™ label gets an original certificate and unique number. In this way you can trace the origin of your product, if needed. The Belgian Linen™ label is a guarantee of quality and should be sought after every time you buy Belgian Linen™.
What is Masters of Linen®?
Masters of Linen® is a registered mark. It is a sign of excellence for linen that is entirely made in Europe, from field to flax fiber, from yarn to linen fabric. The label is governed by the Masters of Linen® Club, comprising of flax farmers, linen artisans and weavers. Some core values of the Masters of Linen® Club:
- 100% Made in Europe
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- European know-how and jobs
- Proximity: local cultivating and processing of flax
- Low carbon footprin
- Excellence in service and innovation
To ensure 100% European traceability of finished products, the spinners and weavers commit to a strict set of rules regarding their production and sourcing. Each year, audtis are performed by one of the approved certification bodies.
What is GOTS?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. What makes it different from other linnen certifications is that it includes a list of process-related criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain. To obtain a certification, the product needs to comply with social criteria such as working conditions, pay, and stringent health and safety standards throughout the supply chain.
Flax is an extremely sustainable fiber. Here are some reasons why:
- It requires no irrigation: the flax plant loves the Belgian climate (wet and moderate), so the natural circumstances are ideal for flax cultivation.
- No GMO's or pesticides: the organic collections are made out of flax that is cultivated organically, without the use of GMOs, pesticides or fertilizer.
- There is no waste: all parts of the flax plant can be used as a resource and finds an entry easily into another industry.