At Linneverket we are working hard to make our customers feel proud to decorate their homes with our products, not only because the awesome products, but also because you know you will contribute to a more sustainable and better world!
The textile business is a place where a whole lot of improvements can be made. To name a few, textile waste, water consumption, use of pesticides and other chemicals and the working conditions for the people employed by the industry are the main points for improvement. Together with you, our customers, our partners, our suppliers we aim to make change for the better for us all.
We do this by continuously working for a closer and more efficient production, better working conditions for the people working down the line with our products as well as coming with smart tips how you can take care of our products in an environmentally better way.
As the name of our company implies (if you know Swedish…), the main focus for our business is products made of linen. Linen, that fantastic material that has been used for thousands of years! This material is both climate smart, sustainable as well as fully biodegradable.
The linen plant is a hardy crop that withstand cold weather and therefore can be grown locally, it is a plant that can grow with close to none watering and that is mainly free from bug infestations and decease.
All this means a production process that happens locally, consuming a lot less water, close to no chemicals compared for example to cotton.
Our ambition is to offer timeless products of such a high quality that they will be used by generations to come, your children and grandchildren. You can’t get more sustainable than selling products that are close to eternal!
Ever since the start-up Linneverket was launched back in 1993 we have made an active choice to work with materials cultivated and processed in Europe. We produce in European countries with labor laws similar to the strict ones we have here in Sweden. This assures that the people working down the line to get good salaries and working conditions and that you, our customers, can rest assured that the products you buy from us are produced under sound conditions and that they do well for our neighboring countries.
We have noticed that a lot of companies selling linen products claim to be using “European linen”. That is a somewhat modified truth as they buy the raw linen material in Europe just to ship it across the world to process, weave, dye and sew the products to finally ship it back to Europe to sell it as European linen.
That is not the way Linneverket work. All our products are grown, cultivated, dyed, weaved and sewn in Europe and it is brought home to our warehouse in the most climate efficient way.
We have an ever ongoing work with our suppliers to ensure the best materials, and we are always looking at adding up with more and better certifications. The components in our products are always certified according to one, but often to more than one, of our strict European standards; OekoTex Standard 100, STeP, GOTS and the EU Ecolabel.
OekoTex Standard 100
OekoTex Standard 100 is a global testing-, and certification system for all textile commodities throughout all processing instances. It is a practically aimed judgement of potentially harmful substances in textile products. OekoTex Standard 100 does not only span substances that are already forbidden alternately have set limit according to law but also substances that are scientifically proven or suspected to be harmful.
The materials are thoroughly tested to track and trace presence of different chemicals, allergy-, and carcinogenic substances and pH value. The OekoTex Association is a association of 14 textile research-, and testing institutes in Europe and Japan. Read more of OekoTex here: https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/our-standards/standard-100-by-oeko-tex
STeP – Sustainable Textile Production
STeP is a new certification system for sustainable textile production. STeP analyze and evaluate production conditions regarding the use of environmentally-, and sustainable techniques and products.Read more of STeP here: https://step.oeko-tex.com/en/step/step_home/home.html
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. https://www.global-standard.org/
Back in 1992 the WU commission decided to create a common European environmental certification. The requirements are defined by responsible agencies within the country. The work is done on assignment form the EU Commission. The EU-Ecolabel is a Type-1 environmental certification, and the requirements are always being reviewed and raised. Read more of EU-Ecolabel here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/