What is the difference between cotton and linen bedding?
Cotton or linen?
Many people sleep under cotton bedding. Who doesn’t have a cotton duvet cover from Ikea or Hema? Cotton bedding is also soft, inexpensive and available in many colors and designs. But why would you opt for a linen duvet cover and not for cotton?
What is the difference between cotton and linen?
Difference no. 1: sustainability
The difference between cotton and linen starts with the growth of the plant. Cotton is made from a cotton plant and linen is made from a flax plant. The flax plant grows in the coastal areas of Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, France), the plant needs little water and no pesticides to grow well. And that is the big difference if you compare it with cotton but also with other textile types. The cotton plant grows in India, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere. A cotton plant needs a lot of water, is sprayed with (often prohibited) pesticides and fertilizer is also used. Many chemicals are also needed in the later process of manufacturing the cotton.
The process of making linen is much more environmentally friendly. Little water, no pesticides and the entire plant is processed into linen. Nothing is thrown away. The process is more labor-intensive, which is also the main reason that linen is more expensive than cotton or other textiles.
Sleeping under linen or cotton
Difference no. 2: Sleeping comfort
Linen is a light fabric, lint-free and can absorb more moisture than cotton without the fabric itself becoming moist. That is a big advantage, especially for people who transpire a lot. Linen is three times stronger than cotton, so it stays beautiful for years, no matter how often you wash it. It is a ventilating fabric, it feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your body always stays at the temperature so you will fall asleep quickly.
Due to the structure of the fabric, dust mites do not thrive on linen. An ideal substance for people and children who are allergic. In addition, it is also antibacterial, you have the feeling that you are getting into a freshly washed bed every day.
Both fabrics feel soft and comfortable.
Washing linen and cotton
Difference no 3: Maintenance
The washing instructions of cotton and linen differ from each other, so you can wash cotton at a higher temperature, whereby you have to be careful the first time. Do not wash it too hot because it will otherwise shrink. Do not hang cotton to dry in the sun as it will lose its color more quickly. On the other hand, you do not have to wash linen at a high temperature. Maximum 40 to 60 degrees. If you wash it at too hot, the fibers can break. Washing at a low temperature is also sustainable!
What do you choose?
We love linen
In short: Linen is the most environmentally friendly type of textile in the world. During the growth (100 days) the flax plant needs little water. The use of pesticides is not necessary. In addition, the entire plant is processed into linen, so there is no waste of materials. Compared to cotton, hardly any chemicals are needed to produce the linen.
Do you opt for cotton or linen?
So there is really a difference between cotton and linen. Every fabric has its own characteristics and appearance.
Decide for yourself which fabric, appearance and characteristics suit you best. Cotton or linen bedding? What is your budget? Is sustainability important for you? Do you have an allergy or do you perspire a lot? Do you like sleek and tidy or cool and exclusive? All issues that you can include in your choice!