Earth-friendly alternatives for the DIY enthusiasts
Earth-friendly fibers generally have the following characteristics:
•Minimum use of chemicals and pesticides
•Best land management practices
•Sustainable farming practices
•Fair trade practices
•Hemp - An amazing natural fiber. Hemp provides enormous benefit to the natural environment.
•Jute - Similar to hemp, jute is a type of vegetable fiber used for thousands of years
•Recycled Polyester - Created from used polyester garments.
•Bamboo Fiber - Bamboo fabric is very comfortable and 100% biodegradable.
•Banana Fiber - High quality fiber that is super soft and dates back to the 13th century.
•Vicose Rayon- Biodegradable fiber made from wood pulp cellulose.
•Ramie - fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers, 8 times stronger than cotton, and is stronger when wet.
•Organic Wool - Organic wool is wool that less harmful to the environment than non-organic wool.
•Organic Linen - Linen that is made from flax fiber or other organically grown plant fibers.
•EcoSpun - Fiber made from plastic containers
•Nettle fiber - Made from stinging nettle (commonly known as a weed)
•Soy Silk - Silk made from soybeans
•Kapok- Silky, cotton-like substance that surrounds the seeds in the pods of the Ceiba tree
• Milk Silk - Silk that is derived from milk
Wide selection of natural fabrics, organic fabric, bamboo fabric, hemp, and other eco fabrics can be found at Harts Eco Fabrics. There's also natural batting, pillow forms, and eco ribbons and trims.
Wazoodle's Eco-Friendly Fabrics have good prices on organic cotton and bamboo fabrics, great quality and has Oeko-Tex Certifications. Very Baby carries some organic cotton, hemp, and wool fabrics, along with some natural notions. I have bought from both and found their products to be high quality
Kapok fiber and bamboo fiber can be bought here Bamboofiber.com. They are very helpful by email and phone.
Ingeo fiberfill, eco-friendly batting, and ingeo and bamboo pillow forms are sold at Joann.com.