Guide To: Green fabrics by the yard for DIY projects, all available online
Marketplace Link: Green fabric & textile stores
It seems to us that it's getting easier to find green fabrics for DIY projects. A few cornerstone companies have set up shop in the US, selling organic, non-VOC, and often locally manufactured textiles. Depending on the type of project you're undertaking, there's probably a green shop that sells what you need.
Mod Green Pod Organic Fabrics: Along with using cotton grown in the United States, Austin-based Mod Green Pod also weaves and prints their product line completely in the United States, saving energy and money on shipping.
Organic Upholstery Fabrics from Rubie Green: Made from 100 percent organic cotton, Rubie Green's upholstery-grade fabrics are printed in the US using water-based, non-toxic inks. Designs are available in a range of modern and classic prints—no beige here.
Organic Fabrics from NearSea Naturals: Based in New Mexico, the company sells organic cotton and wool milled in the United States, with a few selections from Australia. They also sell organic thread and batting, as well as recycled buttons.
Eco-Felt from Sutherland: This industrial felt company has a line of 100% tan (undyed) wool "Eco-Felt" that ranges from 1/8" to 1" thick in soft, medium, or firm density. As an added bonus, the Eco-Felt is less expensive than SAE (industrial standard) white, gray, or custom-dyed felts.
Filz Felt: They sell brightly colored 100% wool felt by the yard. Their German-imported sheep's wool felt is naturally moisture-resistant, durable and renewable.
Cork Fabric from CorkStore.com: Cork is a naturally anti-bacterial material that insulates and sound-proofs. Cork fabric has a tough, leathery texture but it's also washable.
Organic Fabrics from Live Green: Their organic fabrics are not treated with insecticides, fungicides or herbicides and their digital printing process uses VOC-free, water-based ink, all done in the USA.
Anna Sova Organic Cotton and Eco-Silk: Best known for their organic food paints, this luxury company also sells fabrics including organic cotton velvet, hand-woven ikat, eco silk, and organic cotton.
Organic Fabrics from O Ecotextiles: Their textiles are made from 100% organic cotton or other sustainably grown fibers, including hemp, flax (linen), abaca, ramie, silk, and bamboo. All fabrics are produced in living-wage environments.
Did we miss your favorite source for green fabric? Add to our list in the comments.