We have been inundated by a multitude of industries dumping chemical additives into our food, into our building products, into fabrics for clothing and into the furniture and fabrics used on them. At this point in history, we are so saturated with chemicals in our environment can we deny the connection to seeing more and more people with allergies, auto-immune disease, weight problems and fatigue. Can we do anything about it? Can we cut back and protect ourselves?
We discussed in the last two blogs about the sources of pollution in our homes. To wind up this series I want to highlight some sources for fabrics and products in the home that we can use on furniture, bedding and window treatments and can end up developing a small respite in our world away from a chemical onslaught.
Cotton is the most polluting plant in the entire world using more chemicals than any other crop. We aren’t just talking ordinary pesticides but what the EPA classifies as the most toxic. These poisons amount to more than 38 million pounds of pesticides in the United States alone – per year! This impacts, at a minimum, twice that amount of land taking in the surrounding areas that aren’t farming, affecting the population, animals and food crops. Globally, at least 16% of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton which comes out to 5 pounds of toxic chemicals per pound of finished fabric which equals 1/3 pound pesticide per tee shirt. The toxins remain throughout the processing of the fabric. This is the ultimate in greed that could result in the demise of mankind. Cotton pollution doesn’t end in the growing. Toxic chemicals are used to defoliate at harvest, fibers are covered in toxic wax to stabilize warp threads before weaving. During finishing an assortment of heavy metals, chlorine, sulfur and petroleum dyes are soaked through the fabrics. That wrinkle-free finish on our favorite shirts? – yep – brought to you by formaldehyde.
The organic cotton market has been slow in developing but is on an upward trend today. The USA posted sales just under $1.4 billion in 2016 up 9.2% from the previous year. That came from 20,6681 acres planted and resulting crop production up 15% from 2015. Cotton can only be grown in the warmer climates, our southern states and globally in places like India.
So where do we find pollution free fabrics and bedding for our home?
Anna Sova has been a leading source of organic linens and other products since 2004. To source the quality she insisted on took her all over the world in 40 countries to provide products we can feel safe living with. https://annasova.com/
Organic Cotton Plus sell fabrics that are suitable for home decor. They sell naturally color grown cotton fabrics varying in shades from creamy whites to earthy greens or golds. The company sources prints as well as solids in a variety of weaves from sateen to voiles. https://organiccottonplus.com/
Oecotextiles was formed by two sisters on a mission to source and supply the design trade with organic fibers. Their blog is truly an exceptional source of information in detail about the various fabrics. They are a to the trade/wholesale company. See their contact page for information http://www.oecotextiles.com/
Good Night Naturals is a California company dedicated to supplying wool, linen and other organic products for superior bedding products. The bedding is breathable and resistant to mold, mildew, and bedbugs because of their natural materials.https://www.goodnightnaturals.com/
Boll and Branch founded in 2014 supplies the finest in organic bedding, blankets, and towels. The owners are a young family greatly concerned about the health and welfare of families and generations to come. Their business model is based on transparency, quality sourcing, and sales directly to their customers with no middleman. https://www.bollandbranch.com/
Libeco Linen sells linen products wholesale to the trade. As one of the largest weavers in Europe, their wide range includes kitchen bath, bed linens, and decorative fabrics https://www.libeco.com/
Rawganique sells chemical-free organic linen, hemp, and cotton suitable for many home design projects. They do offer a wholesale account with a $500.00 minimum. They also have organic webbing and tapes to whet your creative appetite.https://www.rawganique.com/
Birch Organic Fabric is “created with love, not pesticides”. Their fabrics are 100% organic printed with low impact dyes. Their products are perfect for quilts and window treatments. http://birchfabrics.com
Our suggestions are the tip of the iceberg for you to peruse. We are not affiliated with any companies featured. Caution, searching these websites could contribute to hours lost searching, searching… As we encounter more sources we definitely will be sending out internet smoke signals to you. Enjoy!