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Decorating with Eco-Friendly Fabrics

The term “eco-friendly” can be defined as ecologically acceptable, or less threatening to the environment. So it follows that in order for a product to be eco-friendly, it should be made using materials or techniques that reduce our impact on the planet.

Some of the companies offering eco-friendly fabrics are Duralee, Robert Allen and Fabricut. It should be kept in mind that eco friendly products are not necessarily cheaper as manufacturing standards can add to production costs. But most manufacturers agree that consumers are willing to pay extra if the product is beautiful as well as eco-friendly. Many eco-friendly fabrics are made in the USA.

Fabric Farms Interiors carries over 100 eco-friendly special-order decorator fabrics in a variety of colors and textures.

Robert Allen Contract has a collection of eco-friendly fabrics that use recycled polyester. They are designed for hospitality and commercial applications – all fabrics in this collection are constructed with recycled fibers.

Duralee has a line of upholstery fabrics called Crypton Green. Crypton Green fabrics have a fiber content that is between 50-100% of either post consumer recycled polyester which is polyester made from recycled plastic bottles or post industrial polyester. Each yard of fabric represents approximately 16 water bottles not going into a landfill.

Fabricut has a nice line of suede fabrics in their Environment Plus collection. This collection is produced using strict environmental guidelines under the Oeko-Tek Standard 100. This fabric is free of carcinogenic and allergenic dye stuffs creating a skin friendly pH.

Fabricut also has a line of upholstery fabrics called The Green Project. This line features fabrics that are woven in the United States, made of 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Domestic weavers strive everyday to manufacture textiles using sustainable processes, which reduces the carbon footprint and minimizes the impact on the earth’s natural resources. Using yarns made of recycled substances diminishes energy consumption and decreases the amount of waste in landfills.

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