What is eco-friendly haberdashery?
Eco-friendly means not environmentally harmful. This can take many forms, in the sewing world this can mean products made from recycled plastics, products that are biodegradable, products in cardboard or paper packaging instead of single use plastic, buttons made from renewable sources like wood rather than plastic etc
What eco-friendly haberdashery products are available in the UK?
Eco-friendly interfacing and wadding
Vlieseline now manufactures a large portion of their range using 100% renewable raw materials as well as recycled polyester fibres. In addition to using recycled polyester blends across the full range of products, fusible interlinings F220 and H310 are now manufactured using 100% recycled polyester, and recently launched ultra soft waddings R80 and R200 are also manufactured using 100% recycled polyester.
Vlieseline is also the first manufacturer to introduce a fully biodegradable wadding to the market, ECO 150, manufactured using Lyocell fibre which is derived from eucalyptus. Do note after 3 wash cycles a 20% higher loss of volume can be expected than with comparable waddings.
When it comes to buttons coconut buttons are considered eco-friendly as they are made from renewable resource and are biodegradable. Make at 140 have a great selection on their online shop. Corozo buttons are another renewable plant based button which is proving popular with sustainable stitchers. You can source them from A Kind Cloth and Sew Me Sunshine.
Prym have just introduced a range of eco friendly appliques, which not only have eco friendly motifs on them but are made from recycled PET plastics and mounted on card instead of being packaged in plastic. Perfect for embellishing your bags, jeans and jackets. Get yours from Empress Mills.
They are also now packaging many of their knitting products in sustainable packaging, something they are looking to apply to their sewing products soon too.
Now you just need to order some organic fabrics to go with your eco-friendly haberdashery and you are ready for sustainable sewing.
Do pop over to our Sewing Directory and pick ‘organic fabrics’ from the drop down to find a range of online shops who sell organic and other eco-friendly fabrics and haberdashery or click the box below to view the listings.