A classic plain weave linen fabric with a gutsy weight and elegance. Suitable for many uses, from upholstery, top of bed, drapery, blankets, towels, purses, pencil cases, tea cozies, and of course, apparel.
We tested our fabrics, including Salish, for VOCs — the outgassing of nasty chemicals. Our results were very impressive, well below limits set by the USGBC (The US Green Building Council )to allow fabrics to accrue LEED points for low emitting materials.
This test, a combination of gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry and high performance liquid chromatography, lasts for 24 hours. A piece of fabric is placed in a closed chamber. The chemicals out-gassed for the first 24 hours at a given temperature and pressure are extrapolated to predict the results for the equivalent of a room volume. Based on decay rates for various chemicals, the test predicts the results after 168 hours (the GreenGuard requirement). So based on those parameters, and the results you see below, Salish passed with flying colors (All of our fabrics passed with flying colors.)
The LEED threshold and our actual results are:
TVOC - Total Volatile Organic Compounds HCHO (formaldehyde)
25 parts per billion
Two Sisters Ecotextiles Fabric Group #1
<1 part per billion
Salish and Two Sisters Ecotextiles Fabric Group #2
<1 part per billion
|Total aldehydes||50 parts per billion or under||Less than 1 part per billion||Less than 1 part per billion|
This fabric is named after the Salish Sea, which is an intricate network of coastal waterways located between the southwestern tip of British Columbia and the northwestern tip of the state of Washington. It is one of the world's largest and biologically rich inland seas, with 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 247 species of fish, and over 3000 species of invertebrates, of these, 113 are threatened or endangered. The name recognizes and pays tribute to the first inhabitants of the region, the Coast Salish.
Easy to care for, easy to love. Washable in all temperatures, but to avoid shrinkage of 12% in length and 5% in width, and to save energy, use cool water; line or air dry. Shrinkage, on cool, is 2% width/4% length. Do not over dry; iron while still damp.
- abrasion test results: 25,000 Martindale
- certification: Oeko-Tex 100
- content: 100% linen
- weight: 16.2 oz yd2 / 549 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm
This is a linen fabric produced by a Belgian "Master of Linen", a European designation which guarantees excellence. Its gutsy weight makes it suitable for many uses, from upholstery to drapery. It can be dressed up for the city, too.
Salish is Oeko-Tex 100 certified. Oeko Tex is one of the oldest third party certifications, launched in 1992. Its aim is to ensure that products pose no risk to human health.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 tests only the end product.,Processing is not addressed, for example, wastewater treatment is not included, nor are workers rights addressed. It is NOT an organic certification and products bearing this mark are not necessarily made from organically grown fibers. Oeko Tex is only concerned with the safety of the final product.
The certification process includes thorough testing for a lengthy list of chemicals, including all of the chemicals of concern, among which are lead, antimony, arsenic, phthalates, pesticides, and chlorinated phenols. The official table of limits for tested chemicals may be found on the Oeko-Tex website.
Specifically banned are:
- Heavy metals
- Chlorinated Phenols
- Flame Retardants
- Solvent Residues
Textile products bearing the Oeko-Tex 100 certification mark, in addition to being safe to use, have a skin friendly pH. Skin's natural pH is a tad acidic, and when it's eroded your defenses are down, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, moisture loss, and irritation. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics will not create these stresses. And the fabrics will feel lovely against your skin.