Designing with Eco Friendly Fabrics: 4 Options to Choose From Designing with Eco Friendly Fabrics: 4 Options to Choose From
From haute couture to diapers, the use of eco friendly fabrics in home furnishings and clothing ensures that noxious environmental impact is considerably reduced, helping to make living for all forms of life on this planet a healthier and less stressful habitat.
Eco friendly fabrics are easily available in various types of material and designs and although they are presently a bit more expensive than conventional types, they will become cheaper as their use becomes more widespread.
1 - Types of Organic Fabrics
Organic linen, cotton, wool, muslin and calico, hemp, soy, silk, eco leather and lenpur, which is made from pine tree clippings, come in solid colors and in hand-printed designs. These will suit all kinds of tastes and inclinations for home decorating, wearing apparel and all kinds of arts and crafts. They are all versatile fabrics (about 17 listed) and can be used any way and everywhere in all combinations. As an example, hemp which, like bamboo fibers, is a very strong material, is often blended with organic cotton which is softer, stronger, more durable and absorbent than the conventional one. Hemp is ideal for draperies as it blends in all kinds of décor from Rustic to Zen to Traditional.
Organic wool is wool taken from sheep that were never exposed to chemicals, such as pesticides, and are raised on humane farms. Nothing beats wool for its warmth and softness, making it top notch for blankets, rugs and outdoor clothing.
2 - Home Decorating
This vast range of organic materials available on the market means that your curtains, towels, pillowcases, rugs and even your meditation chair can be made or covered with any material of your choice without too much trouble. Eco friendly fabrics are mostly softer and more durable than traditional ones, thus offering much greater comfort.
3 - Organic Materials In The Nursery
Using organic fabrics in the nursery will give a child a head start in life health-wise. The bed’s sheets and pillows, rugs and curtains, including baby’s diapers and towels, can all be made from these non toxic fabrics reducing the risk of allergies and other health complications from otherwise harmful dyes. To complement the fabrics there are toys that are also made from eco friendly materials and which will not harm a child even if it is put in the mouth. The room itself and any furniture can be decorated with organic paint.
4 - Overall Impact
Besides being less dangerous to the environment, these eco friendly fabrics are also less of a hazard for the workers who produce them, thus sick days off are reduced, which will surely please any employer. Other side effects such as energy waste and harmful by-products in the production of conventional fabrics will be minimal or totally reduced. Organic products can also be re-used or safely disposed of when their lifecycle is over, which also includes their packaging.
As more and more awareness arises on the way that deadly chemicals are adversely impacting the planet and its life forms, it is up to us to do our bit by supporting the emerging eco friendly products available almost everywhere. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention”. The necessity was felt, the invention, in this case eco friendly fabrics plus other utilities, is available, but we have to use them or lose them.