Ordering Natural or Green Fabrics Online
All-natural, eco-friendly fabrics are useful for interior design, arts and crafts, and sewing projects. Here’s where to find eco-friendly fabric online.
Today’s push for eco-friendly materials combined with the internet means that there are a number of online resources when shopping for and ordering natural fabrics. Here are some of the most readily available fabrics.
- Organic linen – linen that has been produced to have an as little environmental impact as possible.
- Organic cotton – cotton that been grown and produced with reduced environmental impact.
- Hemp – often used in conjunction with another material like organic cotton, hemp is a versatile fiber that is naturally renewable.
- Muslin/Calico – a material made from cotton. Good for use in home decorating accessories or eco-friendly bags.
The following web resources are some places to start searching for high-quality, attractive natural fabrics in bulk. Whether one makes purchases from these or other sites, check to see if they offer to mail swatch samples to make sure prior to ordering that the material is right for the project.
This arts and crafts mega-site makes searching for green, eco-friendly fabrics easy. To find fabric by the yard or bolt, filter through the “supplies” category. There are a number of fabric designers on Etsy that offer all-natural options including hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo fabrics.
This site offers hundreds of products that use organic hemp fabric. Besides the selection of ready-made housewares (including Organic Bath and Organic Bed), Rawganique has a Hemp Fabric section that supplies material in bulk for crafts or design projects. There is a handy guide on the main Fiber and Fabric page that explains each fabric code’s makeup, potential uses, and price.
This commercial site offers a wide selection of bulk natural fabrics. Although there are swatches available to look at online, customers can also order swatches to see the fabric in person. There is a 10-yard minimum for ordering bulk fabrics, but remnants may be available for purchase for smaller projects. Check out the Fiber Information section for details on each fabric the company offers.
Fashion Fabrics Club
This site offers a huge selection of fabrics, broken down into fabric types. The Eco-Yarn line offers a wide variety of colors for knitting projects. Canvas, another fabric with low environmental impact, is available by the yard on this site, making it ideal for eco-friendly home accessory design. Tencel, which is a brand-name biodegradable material, is available on the Fashion Fabric Club website in several colors. The site does provide suggestions on how to most effectively use these fabrics.
Eco-friendly fabrics can be used to make covers for throw pillows, duvets, shower curtains, window treatments, and other green home design accessories. Using eco-friendly material is a good step toward making a household greener and more environmentally-friendly.