Eco-Friendly Yarn Changes

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I was eco-friendly before eco-friendly was cool. LOL. I like that term a lot. I want to use it more so expect me to say it and post it.  It is a friendly, happy, joyful word. It says you care about your surroundings, love beauty, love people, have good habits, you are probably a smiley happy person and it shows that you are making an effort to make things better.

So what can we do as eco-friendly yarn crafters? Common sense, my friends.

Stop buying unsustainable yarn.

Some people are going to freak out when I say that you should stop buying the acrylic yarn. Yep, this is not an environmentally friendly yarn. I like the colors, the price and the washablity.  I totally understand. But all these synthetic yarns that are so popular are chemically made and they do not break down easily in landfills and the process affects our water, air and soil in a negative way. Use what you have and finish up projects but please say no to the acrylic. Going forward, please use yarns that are more sustainable.

Cut down on the stashing

A lot of vloggers on youtube like to show their stash in the background and people look at it as being impressive. I think it is ugly.  It looks like clutter, it’s collecting dust and may even attract bugs. It shows people with a hoarding problem.  I also see it as people trying to flaunt their wealth. Especially if they build elaborate shelves and do interior decorating to display it like someone who is actually selling it. I am more impressed with the person who has their whole stash in one bag or one box.  Some people might say it makes them happy and some people may like seeing it.  Well then do what you want. I am not going to force people into anything but to me it sure looks like a waste of space and money.  You are going to end up not using it and it will just end up in a pile somewhere.

Buy less and better quality

Someone said this in a video podcast I just posted recently.  She also suggested buying thinner yarn because it would take you longer to finish a project. It is such a good idea! For some of us it the enjoyment of the process and even though the yarns that are better for the environment are more expensive and harder to get, you won’t need a bunch of it if you are using less yarn and are more mindful of how you are using it. Your purchase activity will also influence the market. I remember when organic food was just starting and everyone had the few products available in their shopping carts and from there, more organic products started popping up because consumers have more power than Less.pngthey know. Bamboo yarn costs more than the acrylic yarn.  Just buy less and less often. It is actually are more freeing process. Minimalism goes well with environmentalism. Less is more.

These are three things to think about perhaps to begin a change in the whole industry and it begins with you and me.  Small decisions like these will make a big impact on our wallets, on our environment, our health, our future, the heritage we leave to our children and future generations.

My Disclaimer

As far as I know, I am the only one who believes what I do as far as sustainable yarn crafting goes. Please do not put me into any category because on this subject I am totally far from any political activism on this subject. I want to be far from political influence on this because what I have seen is a lot of alarmism and extremism. I am not for working on any legislation to ban anything even if it is for good because I think we should do this on our own apart from the government. We should self ban and make better choices on our own as individuals. My focus is inspiring and influencing the individual so we do it ourselves.  Do it yourself.  Let’s make it a grassroots movement.

 

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♻️ Be part of the solution and not the problem. No more buying acrylic, microfiber, polyester or anything that won’t break down. Think biodegradable. Bamboo, Hemp, Organic Cotton, Linen, Tencel and humanely sheared wool.♻️

Are We Using Toxic Yarn?

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I started off this website talking about natural yarns and then I got caught up in lots of acrylic yarn trying to do a lot of charity work and they DO ask for acrylic yarn. But somehow just recently I came across some articles and websites that make me want to stop using acrylic yarn or use it with caution.

Acrylic yarns are popular because of their affordability. But these petroleum-based products are usually made from vinyl acetate or methyl acrylate, both known carcinogens that can cause nausea, nose, throat, eye and skin irritation. The chemical process to create synthetic yarns also uses the solvent NN-dimethylformamide, a chemical linked to liver damage. More chemicals are used to wash, stretch, twist and dye the yarns. – greenlivingonline.com

 

The chemicals in many synthetic yarns are harmful to people. We use this yarn a lot for cancer patients and for babies but could we be doing more harm than good? I don’t know but since I am taking a month off from charity-work because my funds are low and I need to concentrate on my family responsibilities more… I am going to take some time to re-think about ever buying acrylic. I think I will switch to natural fibers as much as possible. I  don’t want to contribute to more suffering but to help suffering.  I know it is a little shocking but we need to face this.

A Canadian study found that women who work with some common synthetic materials could treble their risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.  The data included  women working in textile factories which produce acrylic fabrics   –  those women have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer than the normal population, while those working with nylon fibers had double the risk. – oecotextiles.wordpress.com

 

Here are some links I am looking at now:

acrylic yarnAre Your Clothes Making You Sick?

Chemical Clothing: Which Toxins Are You Wearing?

Should Clothing Have Toxic Warning Labels?

The Health Risks Of Toxic Fibers and Fabrics

Best Type of Yarn To Use For Chemo Caps

6 Synthetic Fabrics You Want To Avoid And Why

How Safe Is My Yarn?

Is Acrylic Yarn Safe?

Knitting with Organic Yarn

 

 

Yarns You May Want To Try That Won’t Break The Bank:

Universal Bamboo Pop YarnNiabi Studios Yarn

Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn

Knit Picks Simply Organic Sport Yarn

Hemptique Hemp Yarn

Himalaya Deluxe Bamboo Yarn

Vinnis Colours Bamboo Yarn