the fiber tales…
all about plant fibers

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From bed and bath linens to rugs, pillows and more, there are a lot of textiles in our lives. We come in contact with these things every day, from the sheets we sleep on to the clothes we wear, and even the air we breathe. Synthetic materials, or even natural fibers treated with a lot of chemicals, can do something called off gassing—which is basically leaching chemical gasses into the surrounding air. Not a nice thought when it comes down to it. While it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid all chemical exposure (even the greenest laundry detergent is technically a chemical), it is possible to reduce negative or harmful chemical exposure by choosing natural fibers that are treated in a safe manner. The other alternative, of course, are recycled materials that have been specifically created to create no harmful off gassing. Continue reading

how green is it?
the tale of coconut coir

Coir bundles

Coir is the not-so-new word seen in everything from welcome mats to garden twine and planting medium and it’s being lauded for its sustainability and remarkable properties. But what is it really? And just how sustainable is it? And by the way, how do you pronounce it?

The easy stuff first: Coir, most commonly pronounced like coy-er, is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. So much for the easy stuff.  Continue reading