Eco-Friendly Fabrics for Your Home
When people attempt to incorporate more eco-friendly practices into their home, they usually start by switching their light bulbs to regulation bulbs or recycling paper and plastic. Some dedicated souls also go as far as to create compost in their backyards or install solar panels.
If you really want to be “green” and make a difference, however, you shouldn’t just stop there. Being conscious of the fabrics we use in our home, not just as sheets or towels, but also in our furniture or blinds, is becoming just as important and discussed as other environmental methods.
Here are a few of the best eco-friendly fabrics to use in your home.
Revolution Fabric, the latest in green technology
Revolution Fabric is causing quite the stir in the “green” world. It is made from extracting sugars from plants that grow annually, like corn. The raw materials are 100% renewable, as opposed to many synthetic types of polyester that are made from oil.
The best part about this fabric is that it’s incredibly durable and stable. It seems to work better than any harmful fabric out there! Plus there are heaps of CO2 and fossil fuel savings. Did you know that if you were to replace 25,000 square meters of polyester fabric with 170 gsm Revolution material, you could save the equivalent to 3,837 litres of petrol burning? Incredible.
Technology is really beginning to step up in ways that matter.
Make sure it’s organic cotton
Regular cotton is grown using a lot of pesticides and chemicals. Pesticide poisoning causes an average of 20,000 deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization. You certainly don’t want that on your conscience, so buying organic cotton is a great ethical choice. The seeds are grown with natural fertilisers and they’re not genetically compromised in any way.
Bamboo, the easiest eco-friendly fabric resource
Bamboo is a great environmentally friendly and naturally sustainable resource to use for fabrics because it takes no time to grow, harvest and replenish it. Keep your eyes open for the Oeko-Tek stamp of approval on your product before you buy to ensure that it is truly made with the environment in mind.
Made without the use of pesticides, fertilisers, chemicals or herbicides, hemp is one of the better-known materials out there. It’s harvested with a traditional machine that separates the long fibres of the plant from the short. These fibres are then washed so that any natural glue is eliminated, and then the remaining materials are combed, spun and weaved into a useful fabric.
Soy silk, for tofu’s leftovers
If you already love consuming soy in its many forms, you’ll get a kick out of just how versatile this plant is. You can use the waste from tofu manufacturing to liquefy, cut and spin the remaining materials. This creates a 100% eco-friendly and biodegradable product.
If you truly want to be environmentally friendly, make sure to choose a “green” fabric for everything in your home, from rugs right through to curtains. At Decor Blinds, we care about the environment and about helping you reduce your environmental footprint. For more information on how you can install eco-friendly materials in your home such as Revolution Fabric, get in touch with a stylist today.