Author: Linda Sanford
Natural fabrics and I go way back, perhaps from the time I helped with shearing sheep at my grandfather’s ranch. Even after many years, the natural smells and oils, and the connection with the animals, are so clear in my memories.
This is an important and passionate conversation for me as I consider the health, economic, and environmental benefits when looking to purchase, or create, during my daily life. Who would think fabric choices, and the aspect of living in closer contact with our natural resources, can influence our relationship with health, and the Healthy Home.
Let’s take a dive deeper into the layers.
The considerations are endless, and today’s options are continuously growing in our marketplace. I find the conversation refreshing and empowering for me! It keeps me consciously aware of where the fabrics that come into my life are being produced, as well as how the imbodied energy required to product them leads to the economic chain of a circle economy.
Here’s a list of natural fibers that have been around for hundreds and thousands of years:
Looking at the list, it’s clear that many of our favorite fibers are derived from plants and animals, using newly captured production technology, and then spun to produce textiles that create everything from clothing to interior design products and home furnishings; even adapted into medical and industrial uses.
The choice for me is not always easy, as resourcing for local, or even U.S. products is not always at my fingertips. Yet, with my firm belief in living in a lighter footprint with the environment, and appreciating all that my surroundings provide me, I’m conscious of the choices I have available, and how to incorporate as many options as I can. I found this intriguing article on the use of natural fibers in clothing.
Some of the advantages I find when selecting natural fabric clothing, as well as other textiles in my Healthy Home:
I am not perfect by far! But knowing that the fabrics in my clothing and on my furniture, plus the many other natural fiber textiles throughout my home, all support how I choose to live with respect for myself and the environment. Learning more, and adapting my personal surroundings, always adds to my knowledge bank.
As you begin to investigate this subject for yourself – and I hope you will – take time to explore the reasons why ‘green’ furniture makes sense. Learn more about the qualities of natural fabrics and fibers. What do they feel like and is it pleasing to you? What can you learn about the texture, the strength, and the finish of fabrics? How can you incorporate more of them into your life?
Living a Healthy Home lifestyle has so many aspects to it, and I’m constantly intrigued by ideas and items that I want to share with you!
Let’s start a conversation about how you can incorporate more healthy options into your Healthy Home, too.