Where to Find Organic, Fair Trade, and Sustainable Fabric Online
When I sewed my first blouse back in 2011, I was very conscientious about the fabric that I used. After all, I started this as an ethical fashion blog, not necessarily a sewing blog, so it was important that I stick to my ethos. As I've leaned in to sewing over the years, though, I've gotten a little lax about my fabric sourcing. It's not always fair trade, not always organic — and I tend to prioritize a a fabric's print or texture over its ethical credentials. Fortunately I buy most of my fabric at Britex, where the country of origin is usually stated on the spool. I know that Made in the USA/ UK is always a good sign, and that Made in Italy should rule out child labor and ensure basic worker protections.
But I also know I should be digging deeper, which is why I've been scouring other sewing blogs and online retailers to find high quality, highly ethical fabrics. Here's what I found...
Where to shop for ethical fabric:
These are a few of the wonderful posts that informed my research...
We the Sewing: Who makes our fabric? Sourcing organic fabric online
This roundup includes online sources of ethical fabric in Europe and North America, and informed many my selections below.
Seamwork Magazine: VAVA Lingerie talks sustainable underthings
This article shares the story of VAVA , and ethically-produced, sustainable lingerie brand. Owner Alyssa Woods goes into detail about choosing sustainable fibers and her recommendations for home sewers.
Ginger Makes: New Adventures
In which Sonja shares her newest project: Hell Gate Fabrics, a collection of responsibly manufactured fabrics sourced from Japan. The plaids are kind of dreamy, and I'm definitely bookmarking Hell Gate (also, awesome name) for future fabric orders.
What Katie Sews: Planning an eco Autumn capsule wardrobe
Katie shares her sewing plans using several sustainable fabric selections, including a beautiful handwoven crossweave.
Fashionhedge: Ethical fasion: it all starts with the fabric
Ethical fashion blogger Yarina interviews Charlie Ross, the founder of Offset Warehouse.
This is an older post by Tilly, but because she's become such an influential voice in the sewing world I think it's worth reading.