The use of natural fibers dates back as far as 12,000 years ago with the art of weaving.

Despite this long passage of time, the use of natural fibers and fabrics is more popular than ever in this current day. Presently, one can easily acquire natural, organic or sustainable fabrics for just about every home decorating need from upholstery to accessories and all kinds of rugs, including floorcloths.

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There is much reference today regarding the terms of sustainable, green, organic and natural.

We can consider the term green as encompassing the other three terms since a green environment defines the inclusion of natural, organic or sustainable products. We may think of these latter three terms as having similar meanings, but they are quite different depending on the topic, and in this case they do vary regarding fabric. Natural fabrics simply refer to fabrics produced from the fibers we find in nature. We may assume that because these fibers are harvested from nature that no harmful toxins are included in the resulting products, but that may not always be the case. However, if fabric is labeled certified organic, we can rightfully assume the fibers were grown without the use of toxic chemicals. Sustainable fabrics encompass both natural and organic products, as well as recycled. The bottom line with calling a fabric sustainable is whether the production and the product have a negative impact on the environment. It is possible natural and organic fabrics may not always add up to sustainability. At this point in time, only organic has a certified label in place, leaving natural and sustainable open to some questions.

Creating An Eco House?

With this understanding, we can still look at sustainable design as providing green solutions when it comes to home decorating.

Clearly, if we desire to create an eco house, we must choose to build the home using sustainable products as well as fill them with eco-friendly products in mind. One of the most significant factors is to grasp the meaning of sustainable. The definition of the word sustainable is : able to be maintained at a certain level; conserving an ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources; able to be upheld or defended. We can apply this meaning to many aspects of the environment, even to the economy, but here we will focus on sustainable fabrics. If we take this definition and apply it to fabrics, a sustainable fabric is one that in its creation does not contribute to natural resource depletion, and whose creation does not impact the environment in a negative manner during nor at the end of its useful lifetime. If we want to know whether fabric is indeed sustainable, we must rely on the manufacturer to disclose this info. Without this info, our option is to undertake traceable steps along the fabric’s path of production to uncover these facts for ourselves. It is helpful to know many companies are openly disclosing and promoting this kind of information so we as consumers can be conscious of purchasing decisions. Fabrics we can safely consider for use in the home include cotton, hemp, linen, wool and bamboo. These are just some of the fabrics that are notably moving towards far less impact on the environment.

Eco-Friendly Rugs

When it comes to purchasing eco-friendly rugs for the home, many choices are available to us.

The use of natural fibers in the creation of rugs is exceedingly common, and some of those fibers include jute, bamboo, sisal, sea grass, coconut husks, cotton and banana leaves. Yet another less known alternative, but increasingly popular, is that of a cotton canvas rug, known also as a floor cloth. Cotton is considered sustainable as it is both renewable and biodegradable, resulting in an eco- friendly canvas for the creation of this craft. What sets a floor cloth apart from other natural fiber rugs is their exceptional durability, their resistance to water, stains and insects and no required cleaning costs. The sealant used on both sides of the canvas prevents dirt and dust accumulation making them a superb hypoallergenic solution. Many floorcloth artists are taking considerable care to incorporate non-toxic paints and sealants, not only to protect themselves and their own environment, but to provide the consumer with a sustainable design suitable for an eco home.

Eco-Friendly Rugs For Kids

Floorcloths are the perfect kid-friendly rug.

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It is so important to protect your children today from toxic materials in the home which includes area rugs, especially carpets. Carpets are almost all chemical laden to prevent color fade and to prolong life. They also accumulate dust, dirt and insects. When my children were babies and starting to crawl, they spent a lot of time on the floor and rugs. You do not want your babies crawling on toxic rugs. Floorcloths are kid friendly! They are non-toxic, allergy free and stain resistant. Kids can play on them, spill food and drinks on them, roll and play on them in total safety. Plus you can have a colorful, fun design that delights them.

An Environmentally Friendly Area Rug, The Floorcloth

A floorcloth provides the perfect blend of art and craft with which to bring a fresh, new look to any current home decor.

With a custom designed floorcloth, one can choose the colors and size for your unique design that will suit your specific decorating needs. If one is searching for an artistic, yet practical solution to compliment your living space, consider an eco- friendly floor cloth that will support your green living lifestyle. Not only will one have an unusual piece of floor art that will last many years with easy care, but one will have a sustainable design that brightens up the home and supports the conscious concern for creating a green environment.