Green Fibers

“Educating people is the first step in creating awareness of green fabrics. A majority of people are unaware of how easy using green fabrics can be. Explaining the benefits of green fabrics and the positive impact it will have on them and the environment is vital.”

Sarah Barnard, Green Interior Designer
Sarah Barnard Design | sarahbarnarddesign.blogspot.com

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Exploring the true, scientific dynamics of eco-fabrics is an amazing study. Knowing this, there’s one fact not to be missed: that fabric begins with the DNA of fibers, which are vital to the fashion and interior design industries, and many others. When drilling down, it reveals needing to know what the fiber is about, what its origins are, what it can do, and how it will perform in a finished design. Therefore, the only genuine encouragement to offer revolves around seeing the fiber as your friend and really getting to know its myriad characteristics.

There are a number of reasons as to why green fibers are considered eco-friendly as compared to synthetic fibers: sustainable agriculture and organic harvesting methods, minimal use of pesticides and herbicides, earth-friendly processing methods, limited use of heavy machinery and top-end industrial tools, carbon footprint reduction, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and bio-degradability. These are only some of the areas in which green fabrics are set apart from synthetics. In addition, many green fabrics are produced from natural fibers that are derived from a wide variety of plants, often indigenous to a particular region. Others are manufactured, repurposed, or recycled. All are fast becoming the preferred choice for industry innovators, designers, fashionistas, and consumers as we continue to broaden our understanding of the symbiotic relationship we share with the world in which we live.

As we become more eco-conscious, the demand for green fabrics will surely increase in the near future – a reality that will bring about new challenges in terms of maintaining the balance between ensuring green cultivation and manufacturing and meeting production demands. Improvements in bio-technology and new research in plant genomics will also play an important role in facilitating this transition.

As you can see, consumer choice and education go hand in hand, and this is in large part why we developed this product suite. We hope you enjoy learning many new things and sharing that information as widely as possible. As we move into new, green territory together, new vistas in design will emerge and we’ll find ourselves at the forefront of amazing innovations in eco-textiles on a global scale.

Facts About Henequen/ Sisal
Henequen, also referred to as Sisal, withstands extreme wear and tear and is anti-static. The fiber is relatively dust and grime free. Depending on the surrounding air humidity level, this fiber will either absorb or release water thus causing it to expand or contract accordingly. Mexico is the pre-eminent producer of henequen and this fiber is synonymous with the country, although the cultivation of the plant is nowadays carried on in several parts of the world.