About Our Linen
In developing our Salt Living bed linen, it seemed natural to focus on linen as our fabric of choice for the product range.
Why choose our linen?
Many of you would already know and love linen for its timeless style, breathability and hypoallergenic qualities. Linen is a naturally breathable fabric that can absorb moisture without trapping bacteria. It is easy to care for, being machine washable and moth resistant. Once you’ve slept on a bed made with 100% French bed linen, it’s not easy to go back to other sheets. Which amusingly has been the case with my partner, who I’ve managed to convert to a self confessed — “linen snob”.
In creating our linen range, we prioritised working with our production house partners to create a superior quality fabric. Unlike other fabrics such as cotton, linen is not measured by thread count, but rather by GSM (grams per square metre), rating the heaviness and in turn the density of the fabric. To compare, denim has a GSM of about 400, while lightweight cotton has a GSM of around 130. Our Salt Living 100% French Flax linen is woven to be between 170 - 200 GSM , depending on the particular product. This density gives our linen a luxurious strength, while still feeling light enough to provide excellent breathability in warmer weather
Aside from its luxurious feel, linen is an environmentally conscious fabric choice for many reasons. When untreated, linen is 100% biodegradable; although, you won’t need to get rid of your bed linen any time soon, because linen is naturally incredibly durable, making it an excellent long-term investment. Linen is made from flax, a bast fibre. Bast fibres derive from the inner fibrous layer of plants, and are seen as sustainable primarily because their cultivation requires little irrigation or treatment in comparison to other fabrics, and impact on soils is low. Flax can actually be grown on arid terrain that cannot support the production of other crops.
Our linen production process
Our Salt Living product collections begin in Australia, where they are designed by Salt Living founder, Jacinta Bishop, in Coolangatta, Queensland in close collaboration with our production house partners in Northern China. Our linen is woven from flax that is grown in France and certified by the European Flax Standard. Our production house artisans will dye, weave, cut and sew our linen, individually packaging it in linen drawstring pouches, before it is shipped across the seas to where it all began - Coolangatta, Queensland.
Well made, 100% French bed linen will stand the test of time, growing only softer and more beautiful with age. Our bed linen is made to be enjoyed for many years to come, and we have kept that in mind when designing the colours and styles of our range. Our Salt Living bed linen range features classic colours and prints that you can mix and match to reflect your individual and evolving style. Rather than playing to on-trend colours, we carefully select timeless hues that capture the essence of a seaside escape, so you can style your bedroom into your own peaceful retreat.
Our linen is produced by a production house that adheres to Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production standards of safe, lawful, humane, and ethical practices. This includes prohibition of forced labor and child labor, proper lawful compensation and benefits, and a safe and healthy working environment. Learn more about WRAP’s 12 Principles here.
EUROPEAN FLAX® Certified
Our linen is certified as genuine European Flax, and is produced in line with theEUROPEAN FLAX® ethical and environmental standards including: no irrigation, a rotation crop with no GMO, low use of fertiliser and pesticides with no defoliant, natural field retting, a carbon sink (that stores 400,000 tons of Co2 each year) and zero waste from the flax crop; as the whole plan is used in production.
Our linen has been tested, and cleared for substances and that may be harmful to human health, as credited by the STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX® certification of our manufacturing partners.