I work with three textile companies to supply my organic fabrics. Two of them are woman owned and operated, and all are based in the USA. The main fabric I carry is hemp linen. This fabric is made from hemp + lyocell (a natural fiber created from wood pulp) and feels very much like linen. It is strong yet soft, beautiful and durable, and is a certified Sustainable Biodegradable Product. It supports living wages in farming communities, as well as paid maternity leave, health benefits, child care, housing and meals for employees. All of the fabrics I carry are dyed with low impact dyes. The cotton I use is GOTS certified organic. When I'm creating a new style I do my best to create a low waste pattern design so that the least amount of fabric is wasted. I continue to use the leftover pieces in other projects until they are too small, and at that point I donate them and recycle them.
Why Buy Organic?
Organic and sustainable fabrics are important because they are grown in a way that lessen the use and abuse on our planet. They replenish and maintain soil fertility, build biologically diverse agriculture, and use far less water. Organic crops do not use pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMO's. These toxins are harmful for farmers, workers, consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems. Non-organic and non-sustainable fabrics (specifically standard cotton) use more insecticides than any other crop in the world. It's estimated that each year cotton producers use as much as 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the world's pesticides. These chemicals can be deadly and poison farmers all over the world, as well as factory workers that have to breathe in the fumes. According to the World Health Organization, up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. In the USA alone, more than 10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals. By buying and supporting organic and sustainable fabrics, you are helping make positive changes in our local communities and around the world.
What are Low Impact Dyes?
Low impact dyes have been classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as eco-friendly. They do not contain toxic chemicals or heavy metals, require less water, and have a higher absorbency rate into the fibers.