Sustainable fabric form a huge part of us preserving our environment, and people are feeling more responsible to use sustainable materials. In the interior design and textile industry, many people assume that all fabrics are okay for the environment. But there are some fabrics that don’t biodegrade as well as others. By using fabrics that are kinder for the earth, we can all do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint. Keep reading to find out which fabrics are the most sustainable!
While cotton can be pricey because of its farming method, it is made from natural fibres. This means it is biodegradable and doesn’t linger around earth for hundreds of years. It is soft and breathable, which means that its great for using in summer months. In interior design application, cotton is great for a variety of baby, upholstery and curtaining uses. The only drawback of cotton is that it tends to wrinkle easily and is prone to shrinking with the first wash. In this regard, its considered as slightly high maintenance, but nothing that can’t be solved with good living habits.
Like cotton, silk is biodegradable because of its natural fibres. Because of its smooth and luxurious feel, silk is one of the most expensive fabrics that are used in both clothing and interior design application. It is also one of the most difficult textiles to clean, requiring careful dry cleaning. Its farming methods lend itself to farming silkworms, which is a time consuming process that adds to the expense of the product.
Jute is a name of a plant that has a long, shiny fibres that (once harvested) are woven into strong, coarse threads. Also known as hessian, Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibres, and second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses.
The Fabric Fox is always conscious of supplying sustainable fabric to the market. While not always possible, they certainly keep above trends to serve the markets’ needs. Shop online, safely and conveniently, at www.fabricfox.co.za