Many retailers beyond traditional thrift and vintage stores now offer upcycled products. These products are often labeled pre-loved or second hand.
Some people have a strong reaction to buying what they consider “used” items and worry that they are not as good of quality as new. When considering an item, get a sense of how it was produced. For example, all fabric used in goodlines décor is thoroughly laundered and, when dyed, is cooked in hot water for several hours.
I became interested in natural dying as a student. I was using black walnut hulls to dye paper and to create writing ink. Using natural dyes appeals to the hidden chemistry buff in me. Some natural dyes that are used for goodlines items include logwood, indigo, brazil wood, cochineal, madder, cutch, turmeric, black walnut hulls and tea.
The foundational element for goodlines products is upcycled fabric. With the easy access to fabric and resources you may be wondering why it is important to re-use fabric. Although I’m a supporter of natural and organic textiles such as cotton and wool, there are many reasons why reducing consumption by re-using fabric is a great [...]
goodlines has new buckwheat pillows! Why buckwheat? It’s eco-friendly! Buckwheat pillows are made of buckwheat hulls – these are the cellulose fibres leftover when the wheat berries are removed for food. The hulls are washed and dried before being added to the pillow form. The buckwheat used in goodlines pillows is grown in Quebec, organically [...]
Cambridge, Ontario, located at the Grand and Speed rivers, is home to the communities of Galt, Hespeler, Preston and Blair. Summer in Cambridge is filled with festivals and events including the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music celebrating its 20th anniversary this August (3rd-5th) with a host of performers, singers and dancers. Cambridge also [...]
Hamilton, Ontario is known for many things. Thoughts of the city may remind us of Steel Town and Hamilton’s industrial (& industrious) past. The Niagara Escarpment that divides the city into north and south also brings forth over 100 waterfalls in the city, many of which are open to the public to visit and to [...]
Port Dover is a small fishing community located in Norfolk County along Lake Erie. While life may have been hectic back during the war of 1812 for residents of Port Dover, things are much more calm now and the community is filled with charming shops and heritage hotels. The Port Dover Museum contains collections on [...]
The city of Kingston, located in eastern Ontario off the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, is a vibrant place with a long history. Founded originally in 1673, Kingston served as the capital of Canada for a short stint in the 1840s. Nowadays, Kingston is known for its great contributions to our leisure [...]
17 days into January and New Years resolutions are fading, co-opted by the kids’ after school art programs, a big project at work, or a loved one’s urgent health care issue. At the stroke of mid-night – 12am, January 1st, 2011, I’m sure some of you turned to a friend and said “I’m going to… [...]