I may have mentioned that I’ve been wanting to find an inexpensive, used piece of upholstered furniture to restore. Of course, if I’m going to do that, I want to do it in the greenest way that I can — zero-VOC paint, non-toxic finish, and organic or recycled fabrics, etc. The problem with the latter, of course, is that many organic fabrics are pretty pricey. I can’t see spending $90+ a yard on fabric to reupholster a $10 chair. So finding a more cost-effective option has been a bit of a challenge.
And as with almost all design challenges, etsy has delivered a solution, though I really have to thank Skye over at Crafting a Green World for this find. Pippijoe makes limited edition, hand-screenprinted fabrics in lively patterns on hemp and hemp blends. I personally love the bird prints on pink, blue and white, but there are lots to choose from. Because they originate in Australia, you won’t be able to buy traditional yardage. Rather, the fabric is 136cm (53.5 inch) wide and sold in 25cm (9.8 inch) quantities. Still pretty reasonable considering the competition.
Why It’s Green:
- Hand-screenprinted with environmentally-friendly inks
- Fabrics are either 100% hemp or a hemp/cotton blend