Saturday, July 6, 2013

eco felt

Because my range is 100% vegan it means that I don't use any wool felt in both my bird decorations or on the backs of my brooches. Instead I use eco felt. I often get asked about eco felt so I thought I'd answer a few common questions here.

What is eco felt?
Eco felt is made from eco-fi, a high quality polyester fibre made from 100% certified recycled plastic PET bottles. It can go into any textile product such as clothing, blankets, carpets, wall coverings, auto interiors, home furnishings, and felt. You can read more about eco-fi here.

Is eco felt as good as wool felt?
Before going vegan I used wool felt and yes I agree it has a lovely soft texture. The down side of wool felt was that I would sometimes find moth holes in it. Plus depending on where you buy it, it's not so easy to know the conditions it's sourced in. Eco felt is softer than acrylic felt so for me it was the perfect solution, and I like that it's recycled.

Where do you buy eco felt?
In Australia I have always bought Kunin eco felt from The Thread Studio here. I've never seen it in store nor have I found it anywhere else on an Australian website.
In America and Canada the Kunin brand is everywhere, check out the outlets here.

So there you have it! Please leave me a comment if you have any other suggestions or questions and I'll keep adding to this post :)


Chrisy said...

Great interesting read...I've never thought of felt in this way before...thank you!

Erica said...

just found your blog in a search for Kunin supplies in Sydney. Years ago I always bought Kunin squares (labelled so I know that it was the real thing) from Spotlight, really sorry now I didn't buy up more of it, now all they stock is the flaky acrylic that comes apart horribly. Will check out Thread Studio - thanks