Organic and Sustainable Fabric for Home Interior Design and Decorating
If ever there was a buzz word, then “green” must be it. Going green. Eco-friendly. Environmentally Friendly. We all hear it, and I hope we are heeding it. The interior industry is clamoring to introduce more products for the environmentally friendly lifestyle, therefore making them easier to find. All natural sustainable fibers, organic fabrics, low VOC paints, renewable woods, and recycled materials such as glass are being used in home decorating. Utilizing these things and making energy saving improvements are essential in proving you can “go green” without sacrificing style or comfort. The results are a healthier house and lower energy bills.
When many of these eco-friendly fabrics started surfacing a few years ago, they were less than desirable. The textiles felt hard and scratchy, and the colors were bland. Now, we are scarcely able to tell them apart from their old counterparts. Kravet Fabrics has been a front runner in introducing fabrics that are elegant and long wearing in their Kravet Green line. One of their newest books – Kravet Couture Fabulous Faux features faux leathers made primarily from nylon microfiber. They have used a premier quality that contains no PVC’s, plasticizers, formaldehyde, lead or ozone depleting chemicals. The textiles will not fade, and are designed to resist tears and punctures, all the while emulating a true leather. I’ve seen the book, and this stuff is gorgeous!
Kravet has other books in their green library that feature eco-friendly fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester, created from post-industrial and post-consumer fibers. These fabrics are not treated with chemicals, and are produced with environmentally friendly dyes and water based products. The colors are up to the minute, featuring reds, earth tones, soft blues and greens, and in a wide array of patterns. These eco-friendly fabrics are also considered sustainable, as you can recycle them once you are ready to make a change. I may be biased since this is one of my favorite lines, but find out more at www.kravet.com.
Organic wools, organic linens, hemp and cottons are also prevalent in the industry, and are being much more mass marketed. Tencel is also being used more often in window treatments for its drapability, and is a nice alternative to silk. Most manufacturers will promote when a fiber is grown in certified pesticide-free and herbicide free soil so that you can easily identify it. Overall, the industry is producing healthier fabrics that help to preserve the quality of our water, and prevent toxins from entering the human food chain. Isn’t that more appealing in the long run?
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