As I work on finding new (and second hand) items for my apartment, I'm finding that some things are more difficult to find than others. So let's say you are trying to outfit your apartment and you can't afford a place like ABC Home and you can't find what you are looking for second hand. I'd like to give you this tip for shopping conventional stores like West Elm or One King's Lane: keep eco friendly materials in mind.
Unless the product says where it was made (or handmade) this method isn't going to help address the production side (the people who made it). This tip only works for the environment consideration of material. If you find a look you love and have a choice of different materials for similar products, choose hemp or jute if possible. If you are looking for, in particular, a rug — choose hemp or jute. The reason is that these materials are naturally gentle on the environment.
Hemp is a one of the most sustainable natural fibre crops available. It has low water requirements and can be grown as a rainfed crop without need for irrigation. It doesn't require the use of pesticides or chemical fertilisers. The strong root structure protects against erosion, and it can be grown on marginal and degraded land. A natural fibre, hemp works well with natural and low impact dying processes, reducing the impact of the dying process on the environment.
Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber grown mostly in Bangladesh and India's states of Assam, Bihar, and West Bengal. It's an eco textile because the rain-fed crop grows quickly and doesn't require fertilizers or pesticides. The finished material is durable, can be recycled more than once, and is biodegradable. Fabric made from jute is commonly known as hessian or burlap.
If you are in need of options to baby step your way to a more eco friendly home, consider hemp and jute as alternative materials.
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