Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Eco-Friendly & Organic Fabric

Today Fabric.com offers 15% off of their Eco-Friendly & Organic Boutique. Not a stupendous deal, but I do appreciate the concept and the effort to curb the effects of fabric dyeing on the planet. Here's what they have to say about eco-friendly fabric:

Sewing Green:25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Book"Eco-Friendly fabrics are the wave of the future. What makes a fabric eco-friendly? There are several ways for fabrics to qualify being eco-friendly. It may be a natural fiber such as cotton, hemp or bamboo which has been grown without the use of pesticides in soil that has not been treated for at least three years. If the fabric is dyed, it must be with a low-impact dye. Recycle plastic is also considered as eco-friendly. The fabrics in this category have met these conditions to be a "green fabric". 

Organic cotton is grown in an environment where no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides have been used for a minimum of three years. Organic yarn spinners have set isolated processing areas in order to segregate the organic cotton from the conventional cotton. The dying and finishing of organic cottons also follows a strict procedure for chemical use in processing, eliminating all materials harmful to the body and the environment."

Interesting!  Sew What's New published a very good article about this topic titled "Eco-Friendly Fabrics - Fashion School Experts Examine the Pros and Cons of the Top Green Fabrics".  The article is worth checking out as well as Organic Fabrics – What are They and Why Should We Use Them?

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