Thought Clothing

Fish skin leather – is that really possible?

Leather can be made from almost any skin and that includes making fish skin leather. It might be difficult to imagine fish skin as leather because the skin is very thin, but it is very strong and has good water resistant qualities.

Fish skin leather is made from skins of non-endangered fish species including salmon, shark, carp, bass, sturgeon and catfish. The art of making leather out of fish skin, is an ancestral craft, which has almost been lost due to industrial techniques that have taken over in leather production. Continue reading “Fish skin leather – is that really possible?”

Fabric Dye: How eco friendly is it?

Fabric dye and fabric dyeing techniques have a very high environmental impact. The use of harmful chemicals in fabric dye and the high amount of energy that is used and waste water that is produced, it leaves a big negative footprint.

With an increasing number of consumers looking for more sustainable and eco friendly fashion items, manufacturers and retailers are exploring alternative processes. We will first look at the traditional ways of dyeing fabric and then at the latest developments in new fabric dye. Continue reading “Fabric Dye: How eco friendly is it?”

Hand Crafts – is it a dying art?

Is hand craft or handicrafts a dying art or craft? I sincerely hope not and with the selection of yarn for crafts that are available nowadays, it is more exciting than ever to have a handicraft as a hobby.

What are Hand Crafts?

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Viscose fabric – the textile made from cellulose

Viscose fabric is made from cellulosic fibers which might make you wonder, what is a cellulose fiber?

To get a better understanding of what is a cellulose fiber, we will look at what cellulosic fibers are used for and how is viscose made. We will also explore the types of natural cellulosic fibers and man-made cellulose fibers like viscose and rayon, as well as the difference between rayon and viscose.

So what is a Cellulose Fiber?

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What is Fabric Dye?

Fabric dye is the colored substance that enable fibers and materials to be colored. It bonds chemically to the material that it is applied to. This makes fabric dyes different from pigments as pigments don’t chemically bond to the material that they color. Fabric dyes are easily soluble in water whereas pigments are insoluble.

To get a better understanding of what is fabric dye, we need to look at the different kinds of dyes, which are either natural or synthetic (artificial).

Natural Fabric Dye

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Organic diapers – The alternative disposable diaper

Organic diapers – The alternative disposable diaper for when you don’t have a choice

Pile of disposable diapersThere would be days and occasions that you will not have a choice and you will have to use disposable diapers or nappies. House guests or endless days of rain might make it difficult to wash and dry reusable diapers.

Traveling with a baby or toddler that are in nappies, invariably means that you can’t wash and dry reusable diapers. Going on a car journey it might still be possible, but taking a long haul flight and you don’t have the space or weight allowance to be traveling with enough diapers for the journey. Storing the used diapers might also be a problem, so one needs to look at what is available as the best alternative to reusable diapers. Continue reading “Organic diapers – The alternative disposable diaper”

Ethical Sustainable Clothing – is that possible?

Ethical sustainable clothing refers to garments that have been made from fabric that has been produced and sourced, using eco-friendly and sustainable farming practices. These would include crops and livestock that have been sustainably produced or fibers made from recycled materials. To get a better understanding of what ethical sustainable clothing is, we need to look at the farming and production methods used in producing fabrics and garments.

Rural farm

What is sustainable agriculture?

Sustainable agriculture is farming in a way based on an understanding of ecosystems and the relationships between organisms and their environment. Continue reading “Ethical Sustainable Clothing – is that possible?”

Reusable Baby Diapers – which one is right for me?

Like adults, babies come in different shapes and sizes, which means that a certain design of reusable cloth diaper that works very well for your sister or friend, might not be the best for your baby. The design or type that is best for you will also depend on your lifestyle and budget. All diapering systems need an absorbent cloth inner and a moisture resistant or waterproof outer.

These are some of the options that are available:

Diaper inserts

Flat fold cloth diapers or terry cloth – these are the old-fashioned cloth diapers that have been used for many centuries around the world. It is a single layer of cotton cloth that is folded. Flat cloth diapers are folded according to the size of the baby so one size fits all. It is the cheapest option of cloth diapering and is still used in many parts of the world where there is limited access to washing machine and modern facilities. They can be hand washed and dry very quickly. They have many other uses like burping cloths or used for cleaning. Continue reading “Reusable Baby Diapers – which one is right for me?”

What are Reusable Baby Nappies?

Reusable baby nappies are washable and can be used over and over again. Sometimes they are also referred to as real nappies or cloth nappies. The options that are available have increased dramatically over the past few years with some very stylish and practical designs. Reusable baby nappy pink

Using reusable baby nappies is not difficult, it is just different from using disposables. A cloth nappy will usually comprise of a number of parts; the nappy itself which provides the absorbency and the outer wrap or pant which provides the waterproof layer. This may be a single combined “all in one” nappy or a “all in two”. To this you can then add liners if required.

Traditionally reusable baby nappies were made from terry cloth and had to be folded in a triangular shape before being pinned to your baby. A waterproof cover was then put over. Modern designs have poppers or velcro fasteners so you don’t have to fear that you will either prick yourself or your baby with a nappy pin. Organic cotton and bamboo are also now available, which makes it very soft on your baby’s skin.

Environmental impact of Nappies

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About Liné

Welcome to Eco World and I hope you will enjoy browsing and sharing ideas and comments

It Started long ago….

I grew up in a large family and from a young age we were made aware of eating healthy foods and having to look after the environment. We used to go to the local farm to get fresh milk, which was organic and had a thick layer of cream on the top from which we used to make our own butter, churning it in a large glass container.

A skill that I learnt as a young girl was to sew and knit and handcrafts have always interested me. I took those passions to university and part of my degree was studying textiles and design. There I also learnt the difference between natural fibers and synthetic or man made fibers.

When working with fabrics, whether making a garment or knitting a sweater, I can feel the difference in working with natural fibers. It is softer and kinder to my hands and skin and as I got older I realised that the more processed and treated fibers and fabrics are, the more harmful it is to ourselves and also to the environment. But many people do not realise this.

It can lead to….

I have a number of family members and friends that suffer from allergies and skin conditions and have seen the difference when they wear organic clothing. Organic cotton and bamboo have longer fibers which make them softer and more absorbent and also non-allergenic. So no scratching and itchiness on sensitive skins. Even cancer patients find that it is far gentler on their skins than treated cotton.

Farmers and consumers benefit from organically grown products. Pesticides and insecticides are harmful to individuals, animals and the environment, often destroying what is good as well. By cutting out harmful chemicals we can reduce respiratory problems as well.

So to guide and educate others to choose products that are not just better for themselves, but also enhances the environment we live in.

How to Make a Difference

By making organic products more accessible and also affordable to more people, we can contribute to making the world better and less harmful for our children and future generations. To build a sustainable industry supporting cotton and bamboo farmers that don’t use chemicals or GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds.

We have a big vegetable garden and grow many of our own vegetables, meaning that I can harvest what we need and eat it the same day. It is very satisfying knowing that what we eat from our garden has been produced without any harmful chemicals.

If you need help in any way or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you.

All the best,

Liné Cowley