Van Robaeys Frères

Culture et préparation de fibre de lin

Sustainable Development

All the versions of this article: [English] [français]

Flax contributes to sustainable agriculture, which aims to ensure sustainable production of food and which respects the principles of sustainable development. In other words, it is an agriculture that respects people and nature, is not dangerous for living beings, respects environmental and social standards and protects biodiversity. Indeed, flax fits perfectly among the other crops (wheat, beets, potatoes, corn).

Flax and environment

Flax is a naturally environment-friendly fiber. Indeed, its culture is not very demanding in nitrogen (what the soil contains is generally enough to feed the plant), so that there is no pollution by nitrates. Farmers just use few pesticides (an herbicide, a treatment against insects and a fungicide maximum).

Flax cultivation does not require additional water intake. For comparison, the cultivation of cotton requires an irrigation of 5000 m3/ha per year and 5 times more inputs (fertilizers and pesticides).

The period during which the flax is left on the soil of the fields to cause the decomposition of natural adhesives that bind the straw with the fibers, also takes place quite naturally. The process is done through the soil bacteria, the rain, and with no other energy than natural light. After the harvest, the land is totally clean and free of waste.

During its transformation, flax does not produce any waste, the whole plant is used (fibers, straw, seeds, dust). Also, all components of the plant are biodegradable, products made from the flax plant will be biodegradable as well.

Flax is by far the textile which is the cleanest and most environmentally friendly.