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|PM Organics – Organic Cotton, Hemp, Yak, Tencel, Wool
||Organic Cotton Plus – Organic Cotton, Hemp, Silk, Flax
||Rawganique – Hemp, Linen
|Pick Natural Organic Cotton, Hemp, Organic Linen, Silk, Bamboo, Tencel/Lyocell, Soy, Wool, Yak
||Wild Rose Farm
||Peru Naturtex Partners – Wholesale
||Indika – Upholstery Fabric Organic Cotton, Hemp, Flax, Silk
|Aurora Silk – Organic Cotton, Silk, Hemp
||Enviro Textile – Hemp
||Put It Together LLC – Upholstery & Regular – Organic Cotton, Linen, Silk, Hemp
|Near Sea Naturals – Organic Cotton, Alpaca, Wool, Hemp, Silk
||Bamboo Clothes Bamboo
|Sunrise Yarns – Organic Cotton, Alpaca
||Hand Knitting – Organic Cotton, Hemp, Linen, Alpaca, Wool, Mohair, Angora, Camel, Silk, Bamboo
||Paivatar – Organic Cotton, Hemp, Wool
|Fabulous Yarn – Alpaca, Wool, Mohair, Silk
||The Wool Peddler – Silk, Wool, Alpaca, Banana
||Lisa Knit – Wool, Alpaca, Angora, Mohair, Silk
||Cotton Clouds – Silk, Linen, Bamboo
|KPixie – Bamboo, Silk, Alpaca, Wool
||Aurora Silk – Silk, Hemp
||Hemp for Knitting – Hemp, Silk
||The Yarn Company – Alpaca, Wool, Angora, Cashmere, Silk, Camel, Yak
|Enviro Textile – Hemp
||Foothills Yarn – Alpaca, Wool, Silk
||Hemp Basics – Hemp
||American Hemp – Hemp
|Southwest Trading Company – Tencel
||Hip Knits – U.K. – Wool, Silk, Cashmere, Banana
||Zanzibar Tribal Arts – Silk, Banana
||Ecobutterfly – Organic Cotton Yarn, Bamboo Notions
|Material / Fabric / Fiber
||Organic Textile Association
While cotton is natural, the way it’s conventionally grown is not. It is usually harvested by killing it with herbicides first. To find Organic Cotton in Europe, look for bio, kba, okeo (which are all designations for Organic).
|Baumwolle – German|
Algodon – Spanish
Coton – French
Cotone – Italian
Algadao – Portuguese
||Hemp is usually grown without herbicides or pesticides, since it grows better that way (doesn’t everything?). Some hemp in Europe is certified organic. Industrial Hemp is not a drug.
||Hanf – German|
Canamo – Spanish
Chanvre – French
Canapa – Italian
Maconha – Portuguese
||Silk comes from the larvae (worm) of several varieties of moths. In normal silk production, the worm is killed. “Vegetarian”, “Peace”, “Tussah”, “Wild”, or “Thai” silk may not kill the worm in the production of silk.
||Seide – German|
Seda – Spanish / Portuguese
Soie – French
Seta – Italian
||Wool comes from various animals, but usually from Sheep. Wool can also come from Goats (Mohair, Cashmere), Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco, Rabbits (Angora), Camels, and Yaks. Sheep Wool contains Lanolin. Wool from Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guacano, and most other animals contains little if any Lanolin.
||Wollen – German|
Lanas – Spanish
Laines – French
Lana – Italian
Las – Portuguese
||Tencel comes from wood pulp and is a brand name. Lyocell is the generic term. Tencel is not always sustainably produced.
|Linen / Flax
||Linen comes from the Flax plant.
||Leinen – German|
Lino – Spanish
Toile – French
Tela – Italian
Linho – Portuguese
||Bamboo is a grass which grows very fast and is usually sustainably harvested. The species of Bamboo which is used for Bamboo fabric is not eaten by Pandas. Although the process for turning bamboo into fiber is similar to that of turning wood into rayon, many manufacturers are now using eco-friendly processes to create the bamboo fabric, rather than the harsh chemical processes used to create rayon.
||Bambus – German|
Bambu – Spanish
Bambou – French
Bambu – Italian
Bambu – Portuguese
||Soy comes from Soy Beans. Soy beans, if not organic, are usually heavily pesticided. Common Soy products are Soy Milk, Tofu, and Tempeh.
||Sojabohnenöl – German|
Soja – Spanish
Soja – French
Soia – Italian
|Leather / Skin / Hide
||Leather is usually cured by tanning with chemicals. Leather used to be tanned using tanic acid obtained from tree bark. Look for natural or vegetable tanned leather. Leather usually comes from cows, but can come from other animals.
||Leder – German
Cuero – Spanish
Cuir – French
Cuoio – Italian
Couro – Portuguese