Many of us get confused having to choose between sustainability and taste. How many times you`ve been in this situation when you saw a beautiful piece of furniture or adorable bed throw and the label stated that it was made of genuine leather or wool?! How disappointing, isn`t it? No worries, we got you, you can have trendy pieces that are as attractive made from cruelty-free materials. Here we present five materials that ´´Living Multicultural´´ uses for sustainable and vegan friendly home decor.
It is a luxurious fabric made from fibres of the Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus. Traditionally the fabric has to be as natural as possible, so many producers will only dye cactus silk with natural vegetable dyes. After the cactus silk fabric has been made, you will see that it has a beautiful, natural metallic sheen. The long, hand-woven process to make it does often mean it can be quite expensive. But what about care of such material? It is possible to wash cactus silk at 30 degrees and to iron it as long as you have the temperature quite low. Cactus silk is quite elastic so is naturally doesn`t wrinkle, so you may find that it doesn’t need ironing!
Hemp fiber has been used thousands of years, and nowadays considered an environmental “super material”. Hemp fabric is made from the fibres of Cannabis Sativa. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicide and produces a lot of oxygen. Fabrics made from hemp are hypo-allergenic and non-irritating to the skin. Current tests indicate that hemp is able to kill staph and other bacteria that come in contact with its surface. This material has the look of classic linen and can have the feel (depending upon fabric blend) of your favorite flannel. Hemp materials will also soften with age and each washing.
Linen fabric is made from flax fibers. The resulting linen fabric is two to three times stronger than cotton. Because of its porous nature, it has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties that make it a good conductor of heat and a popular fabric to use for clothing or bedding in the summer. It is also naturally anti-bacterial, which had made it a popular choice for bandages for centuries and a favorite for window treatments and accessories such as accent pillows. Linen does have a few downsides. As a fabric, it has little elasticity so it can wrinkle quite a bit. But despite this one, linen remains as popular and a smart choice for home decorating accessories .
Cotton fibers are seed hairs from plants of the order Malvales. This material is comfortable and easy to wash but does wrinkle easily. Cotton fabric will shrink about 3% when washed unless pre-treated to resist shrinking. It absorbs water and is breathable, can withstand heat, bleach and detergents. Although it can be damaged by mildew and by prolonged exposure to light. Cotton is prized for its comfort, easy care, and affordability and is ideal for clothing, bedding, towels, and furnishings.
- Vegan leather
What’s so great about vegan leather? Number one, it’s not made from the skins of an animal. Plus, it’s easier on the planet! More than a billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators and many other species are being cruelly humiliated for their skin every year. Many of these animals have to go through painful procedures while still conscious. Vegan leather offers just as leathery look without any killing. Moreover, turning skin into leather takes loads of energy and a toxic brew of chemicals—including mineral salts, coal-tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Tannery waste contains water-fouling salt, lime sludge, sulfides, acids, and other pollutants, that are super harmful for all aquatic life.
We hope that our list gave you a little insight to what our products made of and a little bit awareness about the importance of using vegan friendly materials.