Our ‘Unpaper towels’ came about because we were always using paper towels to clean up everything. Spills on the counter and floor, food on faces, wetting and dusting book shelves etc. and we started really noticing how much waste we were going through when we would empty our recycling and garbage and it was full… Read More Discover the ‘Unpaper Towels’
Pure, modern design, that flows around and compliments the female body, is crafted to perfection of natural fibres – this is the essence of “Natascha von Hirschhausen”. I think as designers one has a responsibility for the created product. As a fashion designer I want to live up to this so I have chosen to use eco… Read More The Perfection of Natural Fibres
An Introduction to Eco-printing by Artist Fatima Canelas Pais of Traditional Dye Works This article has generated a debate over the use of cling film in eco printing (clear plastic) on Instagram . You can join the debate on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter simply by commenting the article below. A friend of mine, who loves nature, liked the result of some of my eco-printing experiments on… Read More One Leaf at a Time: Leaves Print Their Signature on a Scarf!
As you all know we are big fans of natural colours and we couldn’t help but showcase some of the gorgeous products from this wonderful artist, Rebecca Desnos from London. Apart from all the beautiful things you can find on her Etsy shop she also shares her knowledge on an eBook – ‘Botanical Colour at your Fingertips’.… Read More How to extract dye from wild plants, garden herbs, kitchen waste, as well as fruit and vegetables & more!
Nancy Shafee never can throw anything away! She has been collecting fabrics since she was about twelve years old and now makes ‘memory baskets’ for people from their own hoarded fabrics, no-longer-worn clothing or saved children’s dresses, so they have a useful item that still holds all the memories and saves their favourite fabrics at… Read More Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Memory Basket from Old Clothes Guest Post by Nancy Shafee
I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, that is looking for fabrics and runs the virtual business, that makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful… Read More Upcycling Designs
What is green washing? Green Washing is a marketing and PR act many companies use to create a “greener” and eco-friendlier sheen to their appearance. Unsustainable products are advertised to be better than they are, for example through changing names, switching to green or earth toned colours and packaging or simply through a misleading marketing… Read More 3 Green Washed Fabrics Everyone Should Be Aware Of By Jenny Thai of Turtlely Tangle
Sharing a few more artists from Etsy and I am sure you will all like what I have found! 1 – Byrios As a weaver / textile designer I have always been fascinated by the materials and the natural properties they possess. It is important for me to have an imaginative approach to the weaving process and… Read More Meet the artists: dyers and weavers
A Celebration of Ethical and Natural Textiles Practices From the Earth Textiles exhibition will take place in June 2016. Its aim is to promote ethical textile practices in the broadest sense, through the use of natural dyes and printing processes, natural fabrics and fibres, with particular reference to those produced in ethical ways, upcycling and incorporating… Read More From the Earth Textiles Exhibition
The harvest of the tagua nut is a wonderful way to protect endangered rain forest lands giving people a sustainable, renewable, natural resource that provides both economic stability and an alternative to rain forest destruction, as well as the extinction of elephants. The tagua nut is also known as the “Vegetable Ivory” because of its similarity to elephant ivory. Wayne’s word,… Read More The Tagua Nuts and Their Important Role in Protecting the Rainforest