Organic and Hemp Fabrics for the Home

by SNorg on 11/14/2011

Organic Cotton for home furnishings is becoming more popular every year.  Here are a few great resources for organic and hemp fabrics.

Organic cotton is special home for decor items that have a number of advantages over synthetic fabric drapes like polyester. For one thing, although cotton itself is one of the world’s most popular fabrics, esteemed for its lightweight breath ability and ease of use, it is in fact one of the most industrially abused fabrics we come into contact with. By the time highly processed cotton makes its way to you on store shelves, it has already been steeped in pesticides during growth, pumped full of stringent cleaning chemicals during processing, and had ample opportunity to absorb substances that can act as irritants to the skin and, in some cases, be downright toxic.

Organic cotton, however, is better for the environment and better for the people that use it. Organic cotton products have not come into contact with obscene amounts of different chemicals – but they do retain a number of their natural enhancements.

Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use. The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in. Hemp is also naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.

Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to “breathe,” so that it is cool in warm weather.


A Review of Fabrics for Slipcovers

by SNorg on 09/04/2011

By Jeannie Hutchins of Natural Slipcovers

Jeannie of Natural Slipcovers

Jeannie of Natural Slipcovers

There is a wide range of  fabrics (conventional as well as organic) that are available for slipcovers. Jeannie of Natural Slipcovers has been in the industry for 16 years and carries a useful selection of samples from these companies, as well as others.  Please contact Jeannie @ Natural Slipcovers (919) 489-9820.

Barrow Industries offers mostly conventional upholstery-weight fabrics,  but some are suitable for slipcovers. Actual samples are available at Natural Slipcovers

Carr Textiles – The following links take you to color swatches of organic cotton fabrics that have been dyed with “environmentally friendly” dyes.

J Ennis offers some “green” fabrics that qualify for the LEED sustainable building program including some beautiful fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester. Read moreTies for slipcover closure

The following 4 companies offer a wide variety of fabrics, ranging from upholstery weight fabric that would be suitable for benches and cushion covers , to sheer fabrics that under the right circumstances would be suitable for a slipcover.  They offer some organic options.

Kravet Fabrics is my supplier for an amazingly rich chenille that drapes beautifully and is machine washable.  I carry many of the different color choices

Kasmir Fabrics
Robert Allen Fabrics

GreenHouse Fabrics – though not organic, this North Carolina company offers some interesting fabrics