Linen is a bast fiber. It requires no irrigation, and it can be grown even in poor soil where food cultivation would be impossible. The fiber requires no chemicals for growth or for rendering into yarns for textiles. Linen is grown in rotation, nourishing the soil for other crops. It is also always non-GMO.
Linen production is almost zero waste, as flax roots are so long that almost 100% are utilized and leftovers like flax dust can be used for wall insulations.
A breathable fabric, linen is strong and absorbent. It’s more durable and dries faster than cotton. As linen fabric is said to get better and softer with age and each wash, having and caring for a linen garment for a long time is covetable. Its fibers are shorter than those of silk and the fabric is rougher and not shiny.