How Is Organic Fabric And Inorganic Fabric Treated?
There are new kids on the block for fabric besides cotton. There is now hemp fabric and bamboo fabric! Hemp and and bamboo fabric are natural fibers that are treated without chemicals. They are grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Bamboo fabric and batting is an extremely quality fabric and batting. Bamboo batting is much more warmer on quilts than cotton by comparison.
Bamboo grows without chemicals or pesticides because it does not need them to grow with. Bamboo plants are the fastest growing plants in the world. Some cultures call bamboo, trees, if the plants are being used for wood. Some bamboo species can grow 35 inches in 24 hours. Since bamboo grows so fast it is a more economical source for fabric, food, and wood. Bamboo is a strong fiber, so anything sewn or made from bamboo will have a longer life than most other fabrics of it's type. Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and mold resistant. The finished product of bamboo fabric does not need to be coated with formaldehyde like conventional fabrics do to preserve it for shipping, storage, and retailing on the shelf. You can find organic bamboo fabric here.
Hemp does not exhaust the soil and leaves it in excellent condition for succeeding crops. Hemp, because of its height, dense foliage and its high planting density as a crop, is a very effective and long used method of killing tough weeds in farming by minimizing the pool of weed seeds of the soil. So with hemp being an effective weed killer for other crops, hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow it's own crop since it drowns out other weeds and vegetation around it. Hemp is an extremely durable, UV resistant, absorbent, fast-drying, and hypoallergenic fabric. Hemp is made into knits, silk, linen, and muslin fabrics. It is made into twine, rope, and yarn as well. You can find organic Hemp fabrics here.
Organic cotton is grown organically without fertilizers and pesticides. However, since inorganic cotton is not a food, inorganic cotton crops are saturated with insecticides and pesticides more so than what a field of wheat would be. Be sure to wash your cotton fabrics before you handle and sew them.
Most conventional fabrics are treated with formaldehyde after they have been dyed and are ready to be retailed. This is so that the fabric does not mold or discolor while it is being shipped and stored. If you have ever walked into a fabric store and smelled something you could not identify, it could be the formaldehyde the fabrics are treated with. Most assume it is a new smell associated with new fabrics, however, it is a new smell of formaldehyde on the fabrics. As soon as you receive your fabrics on bolts or in cuts, store them in an area where you will not be exposed to the fumes of formaldehyde until you are ready to use the fabric/s. Formaldehyde is drying to your skin so either use gloves, or wash your hands after handling the fabric/s, then apply moisturizer to your hands.
If you have not tried, or considered organic fabrics, along with hemp and bamboo fabrics, you may want to try them. There is a difference in the way they feel and appear as you are shopping for your fabrics. Organic fabrics are healthier for you and for our environment. Please comment on your experiences with organic fabrics in the comment box of this blog. If you like this blog article, and would like to read more articles from this blog, please sign up for future articles pertaining to fabrics, sewing, and sewing techniques to keep yourself sharp in your sewing skills.