Types of Eco-Friendly Fabrics and Eco Textiles
To live a more sustainable lifestyle, consider the materials and production processes of the textile products you purchase. Whether it be clothing or household items, check the label before making a purchase to determine the material used. Lin Merage is always eager to share sustainable options that might not be known widely, here are some of the most environmentally friendly fabric options:
Types of Eco-Friendly Fabrics or Eco Textiles
Bamboo - This fabric is made from the pulp of fast-growing bamboo plants, which require no fertilizer or replanting. Bamboo is a sustainable alternative to cotton, which often requires heavy use of pesticides and a large amount of water to grow. Bamboo fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking, and stretchy, making it a popular choice for clothing and home goods such as bedsheets and blankets.
Hemp - Made from the stalks of cannabis plants, hemp fabric is lightweight but extremely durable. Similar in feel to canvas, it does not shrink or pill and can withstand many washes, making it a great option for clothing. It is also highly resistant to mold and mildew and can be found in products such as throw pillows and rugs.
Lyocell - Also known as Tencel, this fabric is made from wood pulp cellulose from trees such as eucalyptus, birch, and oak. Lyocell has a smooth and soft texture and is highly elastic and durable. With its moisture-wicking properties, it is ideal for clothing and household linens such as bedsheets and bath towels.
Linen - Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is soft, strong, and highly breathable. It absorbs moisture and dries quickly, making it naturally anti-bacterial. Linen is used for a variety of household items including kitchen towels and duvet covers.
Other Plant-based Eco Textiles
Other Plant-Based Fabrics - Some eco-friendly fabrics are made from unique materials like cacti or pineapple leaves and can be found in specialty retailers such as Etsy.
By making small changes in our daily lives, we can reduce our environmental impact. Outfitting your home with environmentally friendly fabrics is a simple way to start.