A look at fabric choices for people with a green inclination
This week I will not talk what makes an eco-fabric because I found an excellent article by Lindsey Gerrish, who blogs on Recreated. She is a hobby upholsterer and lover of all things related to furniture and furnishings located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Importantly she comes up with a list of things to look for when deciding if a fabric meets eco-friendly standards. These words of wisdom can be found at http://lgrecreated.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/eco-upholstery-fabrics/
I went to an upholsterer here in London (Ontario, for those of you not from this province) who showed me several sample books of 100% recycled content polyester upholstery fabric by J. Ennis Fabrics, out of Mississauga, Ontario. J. Ennis provides a lengthy discussion about the green properties of this and other fabrics at https://www.jennisfabrics.com/jennis-web-core/readMoreGreen.jef
I’m not partial to the feel of polyester, overall, and since I am nervous about off gassing, even though the manufacturers say it has very low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), so this is not be a choice I’ll be making.
A couple years ago I had a conversation with Jen Bulthuis, the owner of Toronto-based organic toy company, Fidoodle who lead me to a totally non-toxic printing ink called Permaset Aqua, developed by Fujifilm, and now manufactured by Australian company, Colormaker. When I say totally, I mean you could eat this stuff. Well, maybe you wouldn’t want to eat it, but if you did you wouldn’t get cancer from it or be poisoned. This stuff is so non-toxic it can be used on underwear, swimwear and clothing for children under the age of two.
Other inks that are labelled non-toxic won’t harm you if you get them on your skin and you can clean up using water. But they are only non-toxic as long as you don’t eat them. These other inks are not non-toxic to the fish and other creatures who ingest them after you’ve washed them down the sink.
Why am I waxing eloquent about Permaset Aqua? Because I will be going the route of printing my own pre-loved cotton canvas fabric using my own design. Thus I will be following the suggestion of Jackie Hernandez, who blogs at Crafting a Green World.
I’m pretty pumped about this whole re-upholstery project but I won’t be starting it until April, because I got accepted into the Toronto One-of-a-Kind Spring Show and Sale, which runs from March 28 – April 1. Whoo HHOOOoooo!!
And yes, I am now up to my eyebrows producing lovely new Spring designs for the lovely people who will be coming to the show. I’ll be sharing what I am up to weekly in March, including FREE ticket give aways, so stayed tuned…