We at Alma Linda Linen take sustainability and ethics seriously. That is why we have chosen to stay close to home for our production so we are better able to conduct site visits and maintain a strong relationship with our suppliers. They are, after all, some of our most important partners. We encourage communication and openness, and will therefore post our full Code of Conduct here for you to view shortly. We care about the people who work with us, as well as for the environment in which they are produced. Neither should be jeopardised in our view.
Even though we are a small company, and still have a lot to learn, we like to think that we've come a pretty long way!
If you've scrolled through our FAQ section, you may have come across this already, but we are so proud of the fact that we have chosen linen as our main fabric for all our products that it bears to be repeated.
Linen is a natural fibre made from the flax plant. Flax is a natural product that does not require irrigation during growth, and needs little or no chemical treatment. All parts of the plant are used, so there is no waste. Linen fabric is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. It is also considered a hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial fabric. All of our products are sustainable and come with a transparent chain of custody. We work with suppliers who are highly skilled in their field, and who hold relevant certifications. We are also champions of local production and will always let you know if something is produced outside of Europe.
All our linen is produced from Euroflax, which means that all of the fibres originate in Europe. After the retting process is finalised and the fibres are ready to be spun the majority of them are sent to Asia for weaving, (this is unfortunately something we cannot control at the moment without incurring a crippling cost, which would render our bed linen unaffordable to most, which is obviously not something we want). The spun yarn/woven fabric is then sent back to Europe for final production and distribution.
By having our production in Europe, we guarantee that European labour standards are kept. This also applies to product safety and chemical standards. It is also easier for us to plan, and conduct, site visits, which we see as essential to any good working relationship.
We are working towards the Nordic Swan Ecolabel (https://www.nordic-ecolabel.org) and by using a totally environmentally friendly fabric (see notes above for further information with regards to growing/harvesting/manufacturing linen), as well as a Pre-Order system (preventing waste) we are happy to say we are creating a less impactful textile production. By offering a direct Business-to-Customer relationship we are also fully transparent, and less reliant on middle-men to muddy the waters.
All our products are produced according to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard, thereby guaranteeing that our garments are free of harmful chemicals. Furthermore, by producing in Europe, manufacturing is done under the REACH regulation, where harmful chemical use is restricted within European production facilities. In addition to the above we also send a sample from each collection to be chemically analysed by the Swedish Chemical Agency prior to them being put on sale.
CLOSING THE LOOP
We are keen to work in a circular way as much as possible, and even though we source our fabric from virgin linen fibres we make sure that the way it is grown, harvested and treated contribute to a healthy planet.
A linen products life can be extended in multiple ways, all of which are embraced at Alma Linda Linen. Even though our products are made to last for generations we understand that accidents can, and do, happen.
Should your textiles catch on something and tear or rip, then please consider mending them. Either by yourself (we are happy to point you in the direction of several handy youtube-videos to guide you) or hand it in to a seamstress, who will generally make light work of a tear or rip.
If you feel that your Alma Linda Linen textiles have served their purpose then let us know and we will send you a return label so you can get them back to us. After receipt we will assess the sheet and either wash/mend to re-sell as second hand stock, or re-purpose into something completely different, to be sold in our Unique-collection. That way your beautiful fabrics can live on and inject yet another home with playful happiness!