The increasing popularity and demand of linen has created a larger market in China. Flax is and will remain a beautiful natural product, but due to the many actions it is becoming more and more expensive, which is why a "cheaper" China production has been created. However, this flax does come from Western Europe. But if you look at sustainability, this is not quite in line. It grows in Western Europe, then it goes to China where it is woven into fabric and in many cases it returns back to Europe. In terms of emissions, I think not the best solution. That is why I started looking to produce Narzuta as close as possible. Through a nice contact person in Poland I came in touch with a supplier of bobbins and with the weaving factory in Lithuania. He told me that when I had come to him with my idea 25 years ago, he would have everything in one location - Flax growth -> Scutching -> Bobines -> Weaving -> Export. Unfortunately, such companies no longer exist in 2020 and everything is made at a different location so that the companies focus specifically on 1 skill. The road from Narzuta looks like this; -> Flax grows in the Netherlands, Belgium and France * -> The flax goes to Poland and Italy to make large bobbins from the flax fibers. -> From Poland and Italy it goes to the factory in Lithuania where yarn is made from the bobbins and the fabric is woven. -> The products come to the Netherlands and everything is sent from here. In terms of quality, there is probably nothing wrong with the linen, it comes from the same flax plant, but the many extra kilometers and emissions is something that we can question. It's all about supply and demand. With Narzuta I want to focus as much as possible on traceability and sustainability, so I have chosen to pay a lot of attention to this. I've seen everything with my own eyes; from the flax plantations to the weaving of the fabrics. I have spoken to staff who talk passionately about flax, I have seen the great machines that provide us with the most beautiful fabrics. I think this is the most important of my whole purpose and story with Narzuta. In my opinion, no quality mark can compete with this. * Namely along the broad coastline of Western Europe. From the south of Normandy to Belgium and the Netherlands. The unique combination is due to a natural, humid maritime climate, the low thermal density of flax, a rich soil and the experience of flax growers. 80% of the world production of flax fiber comes from Europe and France is the world leader. Flax also grows in Ireland, Belarus, Russia, Egypt and Canada, but these cannot match the quality of Western European flax and this is used on a smaller scale.
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