Eco-Friendly Textiles for the Home or Office
Looking after our planet is important. Eco-friendly textiles and furnishings are a vital part of preserving our amazing world.
We have discovered that doing our bit for the environment is usually a process. It often starts with reducing wastage and introducing greener products… before you know it you are looking for eco-friendly textiles to add to the décor of your home. At Designer Hardwood, our sustainable hardwood products go hand in hand with eco-friendly textiles. After all, when you are creating beautiful furniture or gifts, it makes good sense to match them with textiles and fabrics that are also sustainable and non-toxic.
We’ve got a few ideas here to help you make the right choice for your home or office!
You could almost call hemp and bamboo enviro-cousins! Many of the qualities on hemp’s features list are also ticked by soft, hypoallergenic and antibacterial bamboo. It is fast-growing, can be harvested every 2-3 years and improves soil quality. It requires no pesticides or herbicides and doesn’t need to be replanted. Its soft texture makes it ideal for bedding and clothing, especially for babies and children.
Hemp has to be right at the top of the list of eco-friendly textiles. It can be grown without any pesticides or herbicides, while still being hardy with an extremely high yield. It grows quickly and – unlike most other plants – improves the quality of soil that it is grown in. Hemp is versatile, being able to produce durable material for bags and furnishings, or soft fabric for clothing. If you are looking for non-toxic textiles that give back to the environment, you can’t go past hemp!
Regular cotton is one of the most chemically laden textiles available. Loads of nasties such as pesticides and fungicides are used in the production of non-organic cotton, which affects industry workers as well as consumers. It pollutes our water, while formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) is used in the manufacturing process.
Enter eco-friendly organic cotton, which is grown without the use of any chemicals or GMOs. Often dyed using natural, vegetable-based colours, the production of organic cotton is a lot more laborious than its more dangerous counterpart. Due to the intensive labour involved, you should look for organic cotton that is also labelled as Fair Trade. This way you know that the workers within the industry are not being exploited.
One way to know for sure that you are reducing your environmental footprint with your textile choices is to upcycle. By upcycling fabric items that are already in circulation, you are doing your bit to help reduce the demand on the textiles industry. Rather than send old fabrics to landfill and purchasing new, see what you can make from items you or others already have, or can find in second-hand stores.
Not only will you be adding the ultimate eco-friendly textiles to your home or business, but you will be adding history and energy. Soft furnishings or haberdashery that are part of your family’s story might be perfect for upholstering chairs or creating cushions that become a nostalgic talking point.
Imagine how brilliant your home or office will feel, knowing that your furnishings and décor are safe and sustainable! Contact Designer Hardwood to find out more about our eco-friendly hardwood products and give nature a helping hand.