Saturday, April 16, 2011

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
•Eco-friendly certification
•Animal friendly
•Fair trade practices

Hemp Fiber
The Fibers
•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.
Bamboo Fiber
•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
Kapok in its seed pod

6 Sources for Organic and Natural Sewing Notions.

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
Fiberfill/ Stuffing
Kapok fiber and bamboo fiber can be bought here They are very helpful by email and phone.

Ingeo fiberfill, eco-friendly batting, and ingeo and bamboo pillow forms are sold at

 Felt and has some unique fibers and yarns, like nettle, banana, and hemp.

Thread/ Floss

They are sold at Green Products at MadeiraUSA.and Thread Express. Here is the Madeira Eco Brochure for additional information about production methods

 Raindow Gallery Mandarin Floss is made from 100% bamboo, buy Mandarin Floss at The NeedleArt Closet

Thank you for taking your time to look through these links and I hope you found them useful. Leave a comment or question.  I am more than happy to help on your quest!

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