Organic Irish Linen Bath Towels
Evening Sand Dunes color-by-nature: bleach- & dye- free.
» How are your organic linen pile towels different?
First of all, Irish linen terry towels are very rare. Second, ours are certified organic and significantly less expensive than non-organic conventional Irish linen towels. Ours are the world's first and only certified organic Irish linen terry pile towels. And they are sweatshop-free, chemical-free, and organic from start to finish.
» Why are your prices lower than conventional Irish linen pile towels available in North America?
Because we are the manufacturer and we sell direct to consumers worldwide. There are no middle people to mark up prices more. And our markup is less than traditional brick & mortar stores. Much of the price of our organic linen towels goes towards high-quality organic raw materials and sweatshop-free labor.
» How are linen towels different from hemp or cotton towels?
To help make sense of the difference between our organic hemp and organic linen towels, we offer a couple of quick pointers below:
» Who buys your organic Irish linen towels?
People who know and appreciate French, Nordic, and Irish linens, people who look for absolute purity in their lives, and people who are allergic to chemicals or have severe skin allergies. In fact, many dermatologists have been recommending our pure organic towels to their clients for many years. Our organic linen towels are also used in prestigious eco-friendly spas, retreats, resorts, and hotels around the world. The linen pile is traditionally used in Ireland and Scandinavia (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark) as scrub towel and sauna towel because of its excellent frictive exfoliating qualities.
» What is the color of your organic linen towel?
Evening Sand Dunes color: we allow the natural platinum-beige-grey color of the organic flax yarns to shine through. Our organic linen pile towels are gorgeous and elegant with any bathroom decor.
Most of our towels now feature an integral trim (the trim is part of the towel, not sewn on with piping tape like previously). Due to their small size, our wash cloths still have to be made with piping trim. Repeat customers please note: depending on the facility that finished our towels, some towels have been washed (so they feel more cozy) and some are not (they'll cozy up when you wash them), so in case you receive a towel that hasn't been washed and it looks different than what you had previously, rest assured that it will plush up to the same coziness in the wash.
» Care instructions
Machine wash in warm water (with a small amount of mild biodegradable detergent such as 100% organic soapnuts) with like colors. Avoid bleach, fabric softeners (which clog natural fibers and shorten their life span), and optical brighteners (most oxygen or hydrogen-peroxide brighteners available at health food stores are OK to use). Hang or lay flat to dry (towels will regain plushness with use and from ambient moisture). We do not recommend machine drying your new organic hemp or organic linen towels as dry heat is hard on natural fibers such as hemp and flax and may compromise their long-term durability through excessive linting.
However, that said, for convenience many customers have been machine-drying their hemp and linen towels — they've reported that some linting occurred but otherwise their towels came out fine, so we leave it up to you to decide. Hemp and flax are such strong fibers that machine drying on delicate or air dry cycle would probably be fine in the long run.
Enjoy! Our Organic Linen Towels get softer with each wash and cozier with each use. After 3-4 washes, the natural protective oils will have been removed and the hemp and linen piles begin to soften. Then you'll begin to notice their true plushness, which will no doubt make them your favorite organic towels in no time.
Important Notice: Since we use natural looming techniques, some loops in the terry may get skipped or there may be extra threads in places. This is entirely normal and expected. If you come across loose threads, simply snip them off with sharp scissors close to the base. The toweling won't run. We thank you for your understanding; we try our best to maintain the integrity of heritage weaving, knitting, and looping practices, which may not yield as uniform a result as conventional, chemically-treated towels.
» Long text description of Rawganique.com's organic linen towels
We came across bona-fide Irish linen pile terry towels in our research into heritage hemp terry towels and we were impressed with the lushness, durability, absorbency, and the beautiful deep platinum tones of linen towels. The Irish linen terry towels are known in some circles as Irish linen friction/massage towels, which incidentally are also part of Scandinavian sauna culture. Swedish massage towels for rubbing down after a refreshing sauna or bath, for example, are often traditionally made of linen terry. The linen terry towels provide an invigorating massage that's all part of the Scandinavian sauna experience (diving into a snow-covered lake or landscape is another).
We decided then and there that we would be carrying the linen terry towels alongside our hemp terry towels, as the natural hemp and linen colors are attractively different in shade & tone (see photo above — the natural color of the flax linen fiber (which we call Evening Sand Dunes) is a dark beige-grey with platinum highlights, whereas the natural color of the hemp fiber that we use is lighter — a light shade of cream (shown in the hemp bath mitt), which we call Satin Dream Ecru). Both are completely bleach-free and dye-free for your comfort and peace of mind.
While we managed to keep all of the attractive qualities of heritage linen pile towels, we also added an extra dimension to our linen towels which is extremely important to us and our customers: we have made our authentic Irish Linen Terry Towels with certified organic linen, which accounts for 65% of the content, with the remaining 35% accounted for by the certified organic cotton backing. We've also found a way to make our organic linen towels much softer than traditional Irish linen towels and Scandinavian massage towels, without sacrificing any of their fine qualities.
We offer our Organic Linen Pile Towels in the natural, undyed color of linen. Slight variations in color are normal and expected as the fibers are completely unbleached & undyed and each harvest season yields a unique shade and tone. The deep platinum-beige color of this stunning organic flax linen & organic cotton towel comes from its high content of unbleached flax linen yarn; it's a lovely combination of beige, gray, and a little bit of brown, which is the color of sand dunes at dusk (a beautiful color that is all-too-rare in modern textiles, with most manufacturers preferring the white color of bleached flax yarn). The effect is simply breath-taking: its stillness and simplicity are both sensual & zen-like. (Tidbit: Flax is hemp fiber's true sister; it's as strong, easy-to-grow, and environmentally sustainable as hemp.)
We use only the very finest certified organic European flax linen (which are unfortunately becoming very rare) and certified organic cotton: this means no GMO, chemicals, or pesticides. (Beware: "Natural Cotton" or "Green Cotton" are not organically grown cotton at all — both are conventionally grown cotton (with all the pesticides and chemical fertilizers that the conventional growing process entails). The "Natural" or "Green" in the terms simply refers to the fact that no "additional" chemicals were applied during the manufacturing process. As such, the terms Natural Cotton and Green Cotton are quite misleading as they in effect are generally exactly the same as conventionally grown cotton. For true purity and environmentally sustainability, especially for essentials such as intimates and bed and bath items, it's best to go with certified organic fibers.
Our Organic Linen Towels are also produced with no sweatshop, underwaged, or child labor, period. We go through every precaution at every step of the manufacturing process to make sure that our organic linen towels are as pure as can be: this is our no-nonsense commitment to our workers, our customers, and this fragile planet of ours. Even the finishing is ecologically done in Germany, as part of our commitment to purity and environmental sustainability.
A perfect gift to shower on yourself and your loved ones, our Euro-Luxury Organic Linen Bath Towel is one gift that will be cherished and remembered with fondness and joy long after it's given.
"Each year, 275 million pounds of pesticides are used on the conventional cotton crop alone, not to mention millions and millions more pounds of chemicals that are used to process the cotton fiber and manufacture conventional cotton products. And bad as conventional cotton is, synthetic fibers (nylon, micro fiber, etc..) are even worse! Hemp and flax linen, on the other hand, grow easily without chemicals or pesticides of any kind in virtually any climate and soil. The hemp and flax linen fibers are easily processed with just water and machine combing and is also at least three times stronger than the cotton fiber."
Note on linen terry: Since we don't use chemicals and acids to stabilize our yarns, preferring instead to be as pure and natural as possible, there may be skipped loops in the linen terry fabric. We do what we can short of using chemicals, but baste fibers like linen and hemp are next to impossible to homogenize without chemicals. It's all part of the charms of hemp and linen products. If you are particular about perfectly looped towels, then please consider our organic cotton towels instead.
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