A little while back, I found a great, simple tutorial on making fabric wall art. Ever the aspiring crafter (who has yet to actually make anything), I’ve been keeping my eye out for a great piece of fabric that I won’t mind having on the walls for a while. While I’m at it, I may go hunting for a thrift-store chair to reupholster in the same fabric or recover a couple of throw pillows, so it has to be something I really like — and it has to be sustainable.
I have two words: Etsy and Australia. There seems to be lots of handmade, eco-friendly fabrics coming out of Australia, and I can’t complain. This beautiful Swirl fabric by etsy seller hollabee is right up my alley, and it comes in a variety of colors. The sizes are metric, and the fabric is sold in half-meter quantities. So if you want to buy a yard of fabric, purchase 2 half-meter units.
1 meter= 1.0936133 yards
$20/yard is very reasonable for an organic cotton/hemp blend fabric, and hollabee says it is appropriate for housewares and even kids’ bedding. But…and there’s always a but…if you are in the U.S., you have to consider the environmental impact of shipping from Australia. I’ll let you weigh that one on your own.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of a blend of organic cotton & hemp
- Printed with environmentally friendly, solvent free inks
Price: $10/half-meter (about half a yard)
Would you buy sustainable fabric from a seller in Australia or overseas in general? What factors did you consider in your decision? Leave a comment and tell us!