Libeco and Cisco

Libeco and Cisco

Libeco is the largest flax weaving mill in Belgium and is ranked among the top three linen manufacturers in Europe. Cisco has been working with Libeco for many years, developing a strong relationship with the top linen manufacturer in the world.

Hands holding flax

This family business is located in Meulebeke in Belbium in the heart of the historic linen region, and was established in 1858. In addition to superior quality, sustainability has always been at the core of their mission, making them the ideal partner for Cisco.

Libeco thrives to lead by example when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility in the textile industry. Just like Cisco, we are committed to sustainability in our industry.

Various bundles of flax and linen

Did you know?

Flax is a plant that grows naturally; it is gentle on the land. It does not require irrigation during the growing process and few or no fertilizers and pesticides are needed. As opposed to water retting, the currently used dew retting method is a lot better for the environment. This process frees the fibers from its wooden stem in a natural way without the use of harmful substances.

Fields with tractor

All parts of the flax plant are used. There is no waste. Linen products are 100% biodegradable or recyclable. The seeds of the flax plant are beneficial because of their very high content of omega-3 fatty acids. For this reason they are used in human and animal nutrition. The seeds are also grinded into fine flour and used in medical compresses. Linseed oil, squeezed out of flax seeds, is used as a component in paints, cosmetics, soil coverings, etc. The wooden fibers and flax fibers not suitable for textile production are used in heat insulation, eco construction, mulch or horticultural compost. The remaining residual products are used in fiber boards, bank notes, etc.

 

Loom weaving linen yarn

Libeco only selects partners who maintain the highest standards when it comes to the environment.

Libeco sets strict standards regarding the products used in the dyeing process:

• Only water based chemicals are used during production.

• Bleaching agents based on chlorite have been fully replaced by agents based on oxygen such as peroxide.

• Dye selection fully complies with REACH-standards. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of Human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.

 

Hands threading a needle into linen cloth

 Here are some beautiful examples of finished pieces using Libeco Linen.

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