Beautiful textiles for sustainable furniture

Sustainable furniture made of natural materials. Cotton, silk, hemp and artificial leather - These are amazing fabrics for your interior design.

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As the demand for eco-design and sustainable furniture has increased, the textile industry has adapted to this trend. In modern textile production, therefore, the use of polluting chemicals is dispensed with. In addition, attention is paid to the environmentally friendly extraction of raw materials.

A mix of innovative approaches and a focus on traditional materials are the new credo for modern interior design. Here is an overview of the most popular sustainable fabrics and methods for textile production.

Beautiful textiles for sustainable furniture

  1. Organic cotton
  2. Vegetarian Silk / Peace Silk
  3. Natural wool
  4. Hemp
  5. Cork
  6. Leatherette

1. Organic cotton

Home & decor designers have always relied on cotton. It is the most popular natural fiber in the world. Sheets, curtains and even cotton satin covers. However, the cultivation and processing of cotton can be harmful to the environment. Mainly due to the high water requirement and the use of chemicals.

But thanks to seals like the one GOTS or EU Ecolabel you can easily make the better choice. Sustainable organic cotton furniture is made free of pollutants and under socially correct conditions. In addition, the water and energy consumption is strictly controlled.

2. Vegetarian Silk / Peace Silk

Beautiful pillowcases or tablecloths made of fine silk. But how is silk made and what is actually vegetarian silk? Silk is extracted from the cocoon of different caterpillars. For the production of organic silk, cultured caterpillars are raised pesticide- and hormone-free.

In the extraction of vegetarian silk , also called Peace-Silk, it is additionally ensured that the cocoons break up naturally through the butterfly. This prevents the premature death of the caterpillars. Vegetarian silk is therefore often not as regular, fine and firm as industrial silk. Each piece is unique.

3. Natural wool

Natural wool is obtained by the annual shearing of sheepskin. Pure new wool expresses that it comes from a living animal. The Woolmark Wollsiegel guarantees that a product is made from XNUMX% pure new wool. Organic wool also comes from animal welfare. The quality of the wool depends on the body regions, age and origin of the animal.

The pile of lace rugs is made of high quality and fine wool. Mostly from so-called Kurkwool of young mountain animals. They are not shorn but combed out. Oriental rugs get their unique shine and smooth velvet look.

4. Hemp

Hemp is one of the oldest substances. As it has outgrown the hippie image, it is a popular material for sustainable furniture. Not only as a linen substitute, but also as a base material for design elements. An example of this is the "Hemp Chair" by Werner Aisslinger, which is 100% of hemp.

"Hemp Chair" by Werner Aisslinger

5. Cork

Cork has long been used in the interior industry and is currently back in the big trend. The bark of the cork oak, from which the material is extracted, grows every year and is therefore particularly interesting for sustainable furniture. Lightweight, sturdy and waterproof.

Today cork is used to make stools, benches, table tops, coasters, mobile phone covers, lamp feet and much more. It is also fully recyclable and thus a prime example of Cradle-to-Cradle production, which aims at a lossless raw materials cycle.

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6. Leatherette

Leather imitations are textiles that have the look and feel of real leather, but are made of natural or synthetic fibers (often cotton) as well as covered with a plastic layer. In most cases, this layer consists of plastic (PVC). Therefore, pay special attention to seals and standards.

For example, Ecotex imitation leather is an awarded imitation leather which has the OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 with the highest product class 1. The material is therefore free of plasticizers and hazardous substances.

It takes a deliberate mix

There are a number of natural and innovative fabrics. This makes it easier and easier to find the perfect mix for each individual. High-quality materials show their value in their longevity. The trend is changing more and more from an expanding mass consumption to a conscious selection of furniture and textiles.

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