Going Green has been trendy for a while now. Taking care of earth's resources has moved into public consciousness and into quilting. (Picture shown is Birch Organic circa 60 Beach Mod. I used it in my last book, Simply Charming Modern. I love the prints!)
In the interest of full disclosure, let me mention up front that I have 6 kids. I live near the mountains. I love my Suburban. Love. I remember when I was younger and we had vehicles that we held our breath and didn't get behind any trucks to slow down our momentum when driving up canyons. I don't want to worry about things like that any more.
I also love innovation, and I don't want anyone telling me what I have to buy or can or cannot have.
I have been intrigued, however, by all the organic materials that are flooding the market. It baffled my mind that cotton wasn't organic. I decided to find more about what makes something organic. I asked questions. I attended a lecture on the subject.
I learned that cotton isn't considered organic if certain pesticides are used when it is grown. Bamboo is considered superior to cotton because it grows faster, and I think there's something about nutrients in the soil that cotton takes and bamboo doesn't.
In fabric, the cotton has to be grown without the certain pesticides, and it has to be made using certain dyes that aren't harmful.
I've had my questions answered except for batting.
What batting is the most green?
Literally, the answer would be Quilter's Dream Batting's Dream Green batting because it is actually green.
It is green because it is made from recycled 2-liter bottles. It is a polyester batting. I have used it, and I like it. Is it the winner because it's recycled, or is it not because it's polyester?
Is it bamboo because it's "better" than cotton?
I love the drape of bamboo. I hear bugs don't like it. That's a good thing.
Is it organic cotton batting?
I didn't know this existed until this morning when I saw that Hobb's has an organic cotton batting, so I assume others may as well. I am curious why I haven't noticed these before. I love their 100% cotton with scrim -- I gotta have the poly scrim, so I don't pull it apart when I am quilting it.
Is it wool? Or does that bring up all sorts of animal issues?
I love wool batting! It quilts so beautifully--by hand and machine. It's washable.
Which do you vote for? Did I miss one?
I really want to know who the unofficial winner will be!