I totally dig it when people are conscious about their crafting and especially the processes that go into making their crafts and the supplies they use. But it can be pretty hard finding good reliable information about good sustainable alternatives to some of the craft materials we use. There is a heap of information about sustainable yarn alternatives, especially things like bamboo which is both warm and so lovely feeling. But what about some of the less popular materials?
Crafting a Green World has just released this awesome two part article on vinyl.
Vinyl is one of those icky sounding completely unsustainable materials but it does have a wide range of uses and can be pretty practical. And it is also considered an ethical alternative to leather for people who like to think of the impact of their crafting on the animal inhabitants of our lovely planet.
So the first part of the series is all about vinyl and the environmental effects of it. It’s a great wee article and I was particularly interested to learn about phthalates which is a toxin emmitted during use and is linked to having effects on the reproductive cycle. Those of us who care about the plague of endometriosis which is devastating women’s lives across the planet, should take particular notice of this one.
And of course you can’t just tell people not to so something without giving a decent alternative, part two of the series is all about the alternatives.
I thoroughly recommend you read both parts of this series of you’ve got a soft spot for the shiny stuff!
Now if only I could find a source of organic cotton floss…
Props to SpacePotato for the photo