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