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Topic: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers  (Read 7325 times)
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« on: June 21, 2005 05:26:50 AM »

hey all~

being the treehugger that i am, and a rabid knitter, i've decided to compile a list of yarns and fibers that i can use in good conscience, and maybe someday open my own oys/lys.  i'm looking for help in finding some of the smaller operations out there that produce sustainable knitting products.  here are my criteria:

1.  products contain NO acrylic, rayon, nylon, polyamide, mercerized cotton, ramie, microfiber
       [or any other synthetic fibers produced to the detriment of the environment]
2.  any animal products obtained without cruelty
3.  organic practices preferable: don't necessarily require certification... no conventionally grown cotton content!
4.  recycling is good.
5.  fair trade is really good [eg Manos, Rio de la Plata, Malabrigo, Pachuko, Himalaya]
6.  minimal processing and eco-friendly dying are really good.

i've already got a list of 160 yarns that may fit the bill, and think that i've got all the large companies covered [SW trading company, Cascade, Classic Elite, etc.] and some of the smaller companies too, but if anyone has worked with fibers from any other operations and fallen in love, pass it on!

« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2005 05:53:16 AM »

wow! Would you consider sharing the list you have so far?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2005 05:57:23 AM »

Yeah, I second that. I'd really really like to see the list too.

« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2005 06:44:53 AM »

It has likely already made it to the list, but Blue Sky Alpaca's Organic Cottons are fantastic.  There is the dyed line, but you would probably be more interested in the ones that are not dyed at all, just 'color grown'.  Beautiful and so soft - and organic.

« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2005 02:30:18 PM »

i'll work on getting it up on a blog tonight...
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2005 03:58:16 PM »

yay, thanks! i'm a beginning vegan knitter and looking for good yarns to use.

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2005 04:00:33 PM »

Here's another thread that might be of interest:

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2005 07:25:53 PM »

I would LOVE to see your list! Are you sorting by price at all too? Since I just finished graduate school, I'm poor and unemployed, and I know it's going to be harder and harder to fight the urge to buy cheap yarn at the evilest of evils: Walmart. I'd love to find some eco-friendly, beautiful yarn that at least goes on sale occasionally. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2005 08:14:46 PM »

how do you define animal products obtained without cruelty?
i dont mean that question be aggressive or anything, just it sounds kind of vague, and i wondered what criteria you used?

and what's wrong with mercerised cotton? does the mercerising involve boiling fluffy little bunnies or something?

it's just that 've got a vegan friend who currently uses acrylics (cheap), but i was going to knit her some cotton stuff for xmas... (cruelty-free wool is still not for her. the extremist that she is and all).

« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2005 08:26:02 PM »

I'd be interested in seeing the list, too. 

I don't really know what mercerized cotton is.  I know it feels stiffer but don't know how or why.  Anyone know? 

I guess I kinda assumed that it wasn't cruel to use the wool from sheep.  The people that I know that have sheep have them as pets and use their wool for spinning yarn.  Is there a cruel way that it's done? 

I'd really like to know about this.  I'm thinking I've been naive to this whole thing.  I won't use a yarn if I find out they are being cruel to their animals.
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