the best toddler life-hack
Let's talk about LINEN!
Linen is quite possibly the best & most sustainable fabric on planet earth, especially if you've got a rough and tumble todder. I always knew this, but it wasn't until I literally cornered one of those American settler re-enactment people at a historical site (she was weaving next to an open fire over which they were literally roasting a rabbit) and made her tell me EXACTLY how linen was first grown, harvested, processed and spun into yarn. Either she was completely annoyed with me or she was just glad someone gave a sh* for once. Either way, she positively took me to school, so sit tight and I'll spin YOU a yarn about this amazing fiber.
Linen comes from the flax plant and it can be grown on every continent on the planet. Flax is hearty, survives on rainwater alone, requires little to no pesticides or fertilizers, and grows quickly. It is cut or pulled form the earth, seeds removed by a process called "winnowing," and the fibers are are separated to collect the longest pieces.
Long & Strong
It's those loooooong fibers that make linen so much more durable than other fabrics. Here's a photo of linen fibers next to cotton ones--cotton is soft, but the fibers are so short that a single strand can be easily broken. Linen is 3x stronger than cotton, and the fibers actually get STRONGER when wet (so you can scrub stains out without fear of damaging the garment.)
Linen is also naturally anti-microbial (hello, amazing mask material,) has heat and moisture-wicking properties which keeps your active kiddo from overheating on hot summer days, AND it gets softer the more you wash it. Many of our customers say our linen outfits stay looking brand-new, but get softer with every wash too!
And that's the skinny on linen! Many thanks to that sweet bonnet-ed lady who endured my ten million questions and let me take these photos of her work in progress. Know any more fun linen facts I missed? Send me a note on Instagram! Find me @beyamade
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