11 Makers of Organic/Eco-Friendly Fabric

Happy Earth Day! In honor of the occasion, I’ve gathered several companies from all over the world that produce organic fabric yardage/metreage. I have lots of questions about sustainability vs. organics, the place of digital printing, the impact of the retail fabric industry in relation to the textile industry as a whole, and thoughts about marketing and organics, but I will leave those for a less sleep-deprived day. I hope you find something new — if I’ve forgotten one of your favorites, please leave them in the comments and I will add them.

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Daisy Janie‘s latest collection, Urbana, is printed on organic cotton sateen. Above: Annika in the Metro colorway.

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Thea and Sami‘s original designs are hand-printed on organic linens and hemp/cotton blends in their Brisbane studio using water-based, solvent-free inks. Above: Fretwork in Rose on hemp/cotton blend.

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Sukie recently introduced a collection of prints on heavyweight 100% organic cotton and eco-friendly oilcloth, made with organic cotton and finished with a soft, phthalate-free, biodegradable coating. I don’t see it on their website, so email them for more information.

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HarmonyArt is one of the first, best, and well-known organic fabric companies. Above: Let It Grow in brown and aqua, on certified organic cotton twill. HarmonyArt is a wholesale only company but her fabrics can be found through these retail outlets.

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Mod Green Pod — is also one of the first, best, and well-known organic fabric companies — and I am lucky that they based in Austin! I got a chance to visit with co-founder/creative director Nancy Mims a couple weeks ago and it was eye-opening and inspiring. Their fabrics are printed on upholstery-weight organic cotton canvas most suitable for home textile projects. Above: Glimmer in water.

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Cloud9 Fabrics is the newest organic print manufacturer on the scene — they should be revealing their debut collection any day now!

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Amenity Home is primarily a home textiles and furniture company, but they offer their designs on yardage as well. The fabrics are printed by hand with non-toxic, water-based, eco-friendly dyes on a premium fabric made from hemp and organic cotton. Above: Birdseye organic cotton + hemp in cream + charcoal.

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Oliveira Textiles‘ current collection, Ocean, is printed on organic hemp, hand silk-screened in New England with waterbased, Organic Trade Association-approved pigments. Above: Wavelength in Ultramarine, 100% hemp twill.

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Rubie Green is a small NYC-based company producing higher-end organic upholstery-weight cotton. They also have a new bedding line Above: Habibi in Black.

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Fokus Fabrik is a Finnish company offering modernistic patterns printed on organic cotton and hemp. They sell fabric and cushions. Wholesale only; retailers here. Above: Vilske and Populaatio prints.

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Umbrella Prints (also on Etsy) hand-screenprints their designs with solvent-free, water-based inks on an organic midweight hemp/cotton blend cloth. Above: Elephant in several colorways.

Related: Crafting a Green World has a terrific roundup of Etsy shops selling hand-printed fabrics. See also the 2008 list on Tiny Decor. Many use conventional cotton or cotton/linen blends (some use organic basecloths), but they print with non-toxic, water-based inks in small batches.

13 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the lineup! It’s always great to discover new things. I also love Ink and Spindle!

  2. Perfect post for Earth Day – and every day!! Nice round-up, too. Thanks for your support and hard work, Kim.

  3. nana says:

    on a yahoo group of quilters someone brought up the issue of toxic additives in/on products manufactured in China and should we worry about these. the product in question was bamboo batting and bamboo fabric (eco-friendly) any thoughts? If we stick to made in the USA (my fave) it limits variety and availabilty

    • Kim says:

      @nana, any “bamboo” fiber is really rayon, which is considered a semi-synthetic fiber because of all the processing that has to be done to it. There is lots of pollution involved in the process. It’s really not at the top of the list of eco-friendliness, though it might be less polluting than synthetics and conventional cotton. I don’t know if you need to worry extra about bamboo fabric from China — but it’s a good idea to pre-wash everything if you are worried at all.

  4. nana says:

    thanks for the info

  5. Harmony says:

    Here’s one more for your list: http://www.livetextiles.com/

    Thanks for the mention and all that you do!

  6. Sheree says:

    I have alot of Harmony’s fabric and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them. The finish is amazing and the quality is superb. Can’t wait to see more from her!

  7. Judy says:

    I am looking for a soft organic cotton baby print fabric to make receiving blankets out of. Do you know where I could buy this fabric at?

  8. Harmony says:

    Judy – are you looking for retail or wholesale quantities? We offer several soft organic interlocks. Here’s a link to one you might like: http://www.harmonyart.com/prints/AlphabetSoup.html Feel free to contact me directly for more info.

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  10. Libby Brackett says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew any eco-friendly fabric vendors in NYC?? Places like Mood and B&J have fabrics but such a tiny selection of eco-friendly fabrics. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  11. robert says:

    I have worked for an office furniture company for many years and as I’m sure you are aware we have very rigid restrictions on what fabric we can and can’t use in an office environment, they must be flame resistant and hard wearing. Being in the manufacturing of office screens and chairs (http://www.ecomfg.com/) the use of fabrics and the processes they go through is of great interest to me! I’ve enjoyed your article and found the styles used pleasing and soft on the eye!

  12. Roger Payn says:

    I work for a Silk Tie company in the UK, http://www.coolsilks.co.uk, and one of my pleasanter tasks is to go on buying trips in China, I have fallen in love with silk it is a totally amazing fabric. The silk worms feed on Mulberry leaves then turn into cocoons, at the right time the cocoons are put into boiling water to get the silk. The worms are eaten and the silk makes cloth. A truly organic and non wasteful process. Did you know that silk is so strong and tough that is was used successfully in the manufacture of the first bullet proof vests!!