20 years of Ecodesign Made in Euskadi

My legs are still shaking. I remember my nerves in the round table of the BEM (Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2020) a few days ago. To give you an idea, these are the numbers of the “20 years of Ecodesign Made in Euskadi” EXHIBITION: 3 days, more than 1100 attendees, 134 speakers at 12 roundtable discussions, 98 exhibiting companies and 145 eco-designed products. I was too nervous…

Our contribution to the exhibition was a green recycled carbon violin case, and a linen case. They were placed next to a laptop sleeve made with recycled bottles, and organic cotton clothing, 100% free of human exploitation. I’ll talk about linen soon, but let’s go step by step.

Eco-design as a way of understanding life

Eco-design, according to Wikipedia, has to do with sustainable design, that is, it is aimed at environmentally improving the product in all stages of its life cycle: from its creation, to its treatment as waste.

For example, bags made with broken fishing nets, insulating buildings made of old clothes or any recyclable product in a significant percentage are eco-designed items.

All the companies in my round table discussion agreed: there is no need to wait for very good economic results to eco-design the products, but rather the other way around.

Manufacturing with the least possible impact for the environment, and especially being wise consumers, is within the DNA of a company, it is a vital decision.

Linen from its seed

Linen fabric comes from the stem of a plant that grows worldwide. Its seed is used to make flour and flaxseed oil.

Did you know that textile linen transpires 1.5 times more than cotton? That is why it leaves a feeling of freshness and is used for summer clothes.

It’s hard and it’s not elastic, so it wrinkles easily (that’s its worst part, it needs a lot of ironing). It is widely used inside shoes, because it prevents the growth of bacteria.

The finest linen is used for tablecloths and clothing, and the strongest for tarpaulins, carpets or tents.

Linen in Ancient Egypt

Let speak a bit about history. I can’t help it because I LOVE history. I have been investigating and I have found some curiosities about the linen in the Egypt of the pharaohs, of which I had no idea. All are more than 7000 years old:

Linen is…

  • the first vegetable fiber used in the history of mankind. There are Egyptian mummies with linen dresses.
  • the material that symbolized light and purity, thereby wrapping the richest in a sheet of this material.
  • money. The Egyptians used linen banknotes because they are strong and of great quality. In fact, many banknotes currently have 25% linen. By the way, if you want to see banknotes with musician faces read this post.

The advantages of linen composite

Manufacturing music cases with linen fiber is exactly the same as carbon. To not repeat the explanation, if you want all the details read the post on local manufacturing.

The main environmental benefits that we get thanks to this fabric are three:

  1. plant fiber of 100% natural origin
  2. 30% less weight than its equivalent in fiberglass
  3. 5% less consumables

Keep in mind

As consumers, we have the responsibility to fully use the products, recycle everything, and buy only when necessary and to last. Companies have the option of pushing this change of mentality, creating products or services in this line, being aware that we are always sharing the same planet.

As a contribution to this enthusiastic global movement , the linen fiber cases we have created are strong and lightweight enough to carry a cello. In addition, they reduce the carbon footprint thanks to its natural origin, and allow the use of ecological resins that do not need a mask, during manufactring process.

This material is hot news… although it has been in use for more than 7000 years :)

If you want to know more about BEM here you have

Visit the Basque Ecodesign Meeting website for the latests gossip. See you next month! Willing to see your comments :)