We love linen. The look is earthy and sensual, and it filters light beautifully. True linen should be made from flax fibers (as opposed to synthetic fibers, which is more commonplace nowadays) and can be a very eco-friendly fabric depending on how it's produced. Calvin Fabrics, a fabric company based out of Oregon, produces a line of eco linen that complies with the most up-to-date regulations for conservation, recycling and earth preservation...
Calvin Fabrics Eco Linen line is made entirely from the flax plant, and all parts of the plant are usable, recyclable or biodegradable. The flax is grown in Western Europe where no irrigation is needed as the local climate provides enough rain to sustain the crops. Any water they do use in the process is processed by a state-of-the-art biological water-recycling plant and released back into the environment. Any waste products produced are recycled into paper, insulation or materials for the auto industry. Available in 34 different colors and textures, Calvin Fabrics' Eco Linen is completely free of chemical residues. We received a few samples which we've photographed here so you can get a sense of the variety.
From left to right, top row to bottom row: #9035 Rex Linen in Oyster; #2780 Casement in Oyster; #8384 Bates Linen Texture in Natural; #9235 Hopsack Linen in Parchment; #6149 Linen in Natural; #10583 Celtic Linen in Oatmeal
Calvin Fabrics has showrooms around the US. To our knowledge, they currently aren't featuring the linen on their website, so a visit to their showroom for products and pricing might be in order. They're a great resource if you're looking for beautiful, high-quality and eco-friendly linen.