Category Close-Up - February 2014

Earthly Pleasures
By Wanda Jankowski

Options in eco-friendly home textiles that champion great design while maintaining the well-being of the planet

Organic Cotton For The Bath
Based in Iceland, Scintilla Limited seeks to embody the natural purity of that land in its organic products for the rest of the world to enjoy. These organic cotton towels are offered in six colors. Scintilla Limited, 354-615-3184, scintillalimited.com.
Do You Know About Eri?
The Lakeri Peace silk throw is part of a collection made with Eri silk yarn, which is recognized as most eco-friendly among silks, as it is the only silk drawn without killing the pupa. The silk is spun from the empty cocoons after the worm-turned-moth flies out. Also referred to as Peace or Vegetarian silk, the fiber keeps one warm in winter and cool in summer. Sustainable Threads works on a Fair Trade basis with women weavers of the indigenous Bodo tribe. Sustainable Threads, 732-940-7487, sustainablethreads.com.
Sweet Solution
Karastan has introduced SmartStrand Silk, a fiber formerly used only in Mohawk’s broadloom, to the area rug world in its new Euphoria Collection. SmartStrand Silk, which is twice as soft as SmartStrand, is made in part with naturally occurring sugars from readily available and renewable corn crops. It outperforms and outlasts competing stain-resistant fibers. Patterns in the made-in-U.S. collection are transitional and relaxed, and include fretworks, suzanis, Persian designs and florals. Shown is Findon Bay in blue. Karastan, 800-845-8877, karastan.com.
Ingredients From Nature
The Innutia Collection includes comforters and pillows that feature 650-fill-power white goose down encased in a Tencel® cover. Tencel®, made by Lenzing from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees, is soft and silky to the touch, durable, lightweight and strong. DownRight Ltd., 800-487-DOWN, downrightltd.com.
Bright & Beautiful
As Nature The Simple Stitch Chambray duvet cover and shams are made with linen and cotton yarns dyed in slightly different hues before weaving to create subtle iridescent coloring. Stitched stripes run along each edge and cross at the corners. The self-backed duvet cover is finished with a knife edge and coconut shell buttons. The sham features an envelope closure and coconut shell buttons. Also shown are an ombre cotton and wool throw, a refined check sheet set, crochet trimmed pillowcases, and Spectrum and Moon Drops decorative pillows. Coyuchi products are made with organic and natural fibers, free of toxic dyes and finishes. All Coyuchi cotton is 100 percent organic, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Coyuchi, 888-481-8847, coyuchi.com.
New company c Organics Bedding Line
Company C launches a new line of organic bedding called Company C Organics. Designs include: the Shaye Collection (shown) of duvet covers and shams, the Finley Collection of sheets and European shams, and the Fountain Collection of quilts and shams. The Shaye duvet cover, offered in three colors, is made with 100 percent organic cotton in a 200-thread-count percale weave. The new line is Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified. Company C, Inc., 800-818-8288, companyc.com.
Natural Fibers
Combined From the Modern Three Collection, Shoreline, shown in oatmeal, is made with fine undyed wool, silk and linen. The Tibetan rug is handmade, so each is unique, and offered in a wide range of sizes. Tufenkian, 877-889-4593, tufenkian.com.
Wool Underfoot
Replete with Native American inspired motifs, this India House Collection rug (shown in sage) is handmade with 100 percent wool and features shades of bronze, sage, maple, spearmint, ivory and celadon. More than 95 percent of the company’s rugs are made with wool and wool blends. Wool is natural, biodegradable, non-allergenic, produces low emissions and has air-purifying properties. Nourison, 800-223-1110, nourison.com.

Campaign For Wool Launches Green Sheep Brand

A new brand for wool—the Green Sheep—launched during Surfaces held in Las Vegas at the end of January 2014. The brand has emerged from the internationally successful Campaign for Wool, which was founded in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales with the intention of improving consumer understanding of real wool to secure a greater market share that would benefit the wool grower, textile industry chain and be a cooperative movement for increasing a natural and sustainable approach to textiles.

Now active in ten countries across the world, the Campaign for Wool is jointly funded and supported by the world’s leading wool-grower organizations, including those in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, North America and Norway.

The Green Sheep, which has major wool carpet manufacturers as partners, aims to build a stronger position for wool by pushing new initiatives for wool manufacturers and retailers. Green Sheep branding can be used on quality wool carpets, rugs and fabrics. Partnership with the brand is based on mutual benefits; there are no partnership joining costs.

Now the official Green Sheep branding in the USA enables registered manufacturers and retailers to use this brand to promote quality wool of all origins. For more information, visit campaignforwool.org.

 
Organic Cotton Ombre Stripe
The Nurturer Collection includes a 300-thread-count sateen duvet made with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified 100 percent organic cotton. The decorative ombre stripe is offered in lavender aura (shown), mineral blue and sandstone. Matching shams and decorative pillows are sold separately. Under The Canopy, part of the Portico Brand Group, 212-993-7288, porticohome.com.
Recycled Silk Saris
The Papilio Collection includes this Lima hand-loomed rug made in India with 100 percent recycled sari silk. Suggested retail price for this rug in a 5- by 8-foot size is $879. Surya, 877-275-7847, surya.com.
Organic Cotton Sateen Duvet
The Windswept Collection includes a 400-thread-count, 100 percent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton sateen duvet available in quarry blue (shown), kitten grey and sphinx rose. The center of the duvet features decorative baratta stitch tonal embroidery. Matching shams and decorative pillow are sold separately. Portico Home, 212-993-7288, porticohome.com.
Environmentally Responsible Processes
The production of these bed linens involves raw materials processed responsibly. The company’s commitment to the Better Cotton Initiative helps it to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production. Its Cold Dyeing Technology uses up to 20 percent less water and electricity than traditional dyeing techniques, and results in darker, richer colors. All- natural Silvadur anti-microbial coatings keep the textiles fresh and odor-free for up to 50 launderings. China Weaving, A Hua Fang Company, 646-490-2720, chinaweavinggroup.com.

New Line! ORGANIC From Libeco

Libeco introduces the new ORGANIC linen bedding line. Although its linen always has been eco-friendly and highly sustainable, the company’s ORGANIC line raises the bar higher.

After extensive research, Libeco is now able to offer a high-quality organic linen at a reasonable price. In addition, the company claims the organic manufacture results in a better product that is stronger, longer-lasting and more environment-friendly.

The company is working with a group of farmers in the Seine-et-Marne area in the Île de France region of France who have been cultivating flax organically for more than 10 years, improving techniques, balancing the land, and encouraging nutritional elements to be provided naturally. To create products, these organic fibers are then subject to Libeco’s weaving, dyeing and finishing processes, which are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified.

For more details, contact Libeco Home, 212-764-6644, libeco.com.

 


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