You probably aren't aware that your drapery fabrics could be made of petroleum-based synthetics like polyester, nylon, or rayon, which not only take massive amounts of energy to produce but are made from non-renewable resources. In addition, these petrochemical-derived curtains are usually coated with stain treatments and flame retardants that can be sources of toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). The chemical residues in these synthetic materials take a large toll on the air and the environment as a whole, and they're also harmful to your family members and pets.
ECO-FRIENDLY DRAPERTY TEXTILE ALTERNATIVES
- Organic silk that's produced without killing the worms that spin the silk
- Organic cotton
- Recycled polyester
- Hemp/silk or hemp/cotton blends
- Cotton twills and brushed twills made without chemical finishes or sizing
Unfortunately, finding ready-made organic or eco-friendly curtains on the shelf at your typical retail store is difficult, if not impossible. It is possible, however, to purchase eco fabric online or at a local retailer and have it made into custom drapes or, if you're crafty, you can turn the eco fabric into drapes yourself. Find healthy, natural, and sustainable curtain fabrics and a few ready-made, eco-friendly draperies at the following retailers:
• Hemp Traders carries a variety of interior fabrics including 100 percent hemp linen, hemp/organic cotton muslin, 60 percent hemp/40 percent silk blends, as well as specialty weaves such as 100 percent bamboo, hemp/organic cotton blends, hemp twill, and hemp/recycled polyester twill blends. The upholstery-quality hemp and hemp blends sold through Hemp Traders are strong, long-lasting and are easy to launder.
• Furnature offers 100 percent organic fabric and 100 percent cotton non-organic twill fabrics that contain no sizing or chemical finishes. In addition, Furnature's SafeWash™ technique can remove the unpleasant fabric finishes, such as Scotchguard and Teflon, as well as dye odors from nearly any fabric of natural fibers or blends of natural and synthetics. Online ordering is not available at this time, but you can place phone and fax orders with the numbers provided on their website http://www.furnature.com/order-info.html.
• Anna Sova sells ready-made draperies in Belgian linen, eco silk, and organic cotton, and in a variety of prints, colors, and lengths. The company also offers 100 percent certified organic cotton theatre velvet and eco silk by the yard and in a variety of prints and colors. And Anna Sova's website features an eco luxury waitlist for customers to inquire after specific eco fabrics.
• Green Sage features natural linen and hemp/silk drapes that are available in sheer and unlined varieties, as well as in bordered and lined. Green Sage also offers organic textiles such as hemp, natural fiber blends, hemp/silk/flax blends, and organic cotton for reupholstering furniture or sewing draperies.
• Village Workroom creates custom made curtains and drapery panels in a variety of colors and prints from Harmony Organic Design. All styles are made from certified organic cotton and dyed with low-impact, fiber-reactive, water-based dyes. Village Workroom also carries Matka raw silk drapes and curtains created with 100 percent lead- and azo-free dying and bleaching processes. In addition, the company sells lined linen panel styles that are of heavier weight and texture so they block outdoor lighting better.
• Rawganique carries 100 percent organically grown European hemp curtains that are sweatshop-, PVC-, harsh chemical-, and metal-free. According to their website, Rawganique's hemp curtains save you money on home heating bills because they insulate well!