3 Healthy Eco Fabrics for Your Home

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The popularity of Eco friendly clothing fabrics has exploded. And it’s no wonder, with hard hitting documentaries like The True Cost that reveal the massive pollution and toxicity behind the gorgeous clothes you see on the runways or even in your favorite clothing store. If you haven’t seen it, check it out on Amazon or Netflix. Fabric toxicity is a real problem that impacts us all, and not just in the clothes we choose to buy (check out my post about this HERE), but also the in fabrics we use in our homes. Ever wonder about what chemicals could be lurking in your bedding or even your bath towels? Ugh! Here’s three Eco friendly fabrics that will help get you on your way to a healthier home.
I must confess, whenever I think of hemp, I am reminded of weed-toking hippies from the 1960s. I know, I know, I’m a throwback. But did you know that hemp is considered to be one of the most Eco friendly fabrics in the world? It needs no pesticides to grow and it’s extremely strong. In fact, it’s eight times stronger in tensile strength than cotton! This makes it amazing for things like bedding and even kitchen towels.
Cotton has, of course, been a mainstay for clothing and home fabrics forever. But, to make sure you are not bringing toxins into your home, choose organic cotton over the conventional stuff. It will cost you more, but it’s mostly grown without the use of conventional pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Cotton is also one of the top genetically-modified (GMO) crops in the world, so buying organic helps you to avoid that particular baddie. And talk about versatility, cotton is available in just about any textile you need in your home, from shower curtains to throw pillows.
Bamboo is right up there with hemp when it comes to being Eco friendly. And, it’s extremely sustainable since it never needs replanting because of its huge root system. I can tell you from experience that bamboo makes for the softest, most amazing bed sheets that you will ever sleep on, and the towels aren’t bad either. Bamboo’s versatility doesn’t end with fabrics. One of my favorite things is my bamboo salad bowl.
How to buy:
The Eco market is growing in leaps and bounds and, consequently, there are many sub-quality products out there that claim to be Eco, but really aren’t. Satara Home created a great buyer’s guide on what to look out for when purchasing organic sheets; find it HERE. You can also use the information for guidance when choosing other household textiles.
Where to buy:
Search on Google for “Organic Bedding” when looking for sheets and other items for your bed. Use this same format when searching for other items. For example, for towels, search for “Organic Towels” and so on. Doing this will present you with many options. But, here’s some good ones to get you started:
http://www.hartsfabric.com/ – This one is great if you are into making your own stuff.
To your good health!

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