Fabrics Denim Necklace. CC photo by Flickr user misskocoD

Published on July 27th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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Fab Fabrics: Eco-Friendly Denim

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Denim Necklace

We talked not too long ago about the impact that conventional fabric dye has on the environment. Denim in particular stood out as a fabric responsible for quite a bit of pollution. So, what’s a green crafter to do? There are a couple of choices for eco-friendly denims.

Organic Denim

Organic denim is tricky to track down. Daisy Janie has a couple of organic denims in her shop, but they’re printed which might not work for all of your denimy projects.

Folks in the UK might look into Organic Cotton, a website that wholesales all manner of eco-friendly fabrics. They have a good selection of organic denims. You’d want to ask for more information on the dye process, though, to make sure it’s Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certified.

Have any of you guys had luck finding new, eco-friendly denim? I had a really tough time coming up with usable options!

Get Thrifty

Of course, the thrift store is a treasure trove of second hand fabric. The easiest way to lower the impact of your denim-related crafts might be to find yourself a pair of thrift store jeans, harvest the fabric, and get sewing! You can also look for denim skirts and dresses, which might give you more continuous fabric, depending on where the seams and darts are.

Thrifted denim most likely didn’t use the most eco-friendly dyes to create, but the impact there is pretty much done. At least if you turn these items into something cute and new, you’re keeping that denim out of the landfill!

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by misskoco]

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.modernorganicfabrics.com/ MelanieO

    Hi – I have an organic cotton / hemp blend denim in my shop (which is currently out of stock, but will be restocked by the end of the month) : http://www.modernorganicfabrics-shop.com/products

    • http://www.naturalfermenteddyes.com Rachit Jain

      We are reputed manufacturer of 100% organic denim fabric dyed with Eco-friendly dyes and weaved on Handloom.
      This product is manufactured by us after a very long research and development.
      This is 100% Eco-friendly product which is far better then harmful chemical dyes which are effecting our environment.
      I hope to receive your positive response so that we can sent sample immediately.

  • http://www.crystoramachandeliers.com/ crystoramalights

    This is absolutely gorgeous, and would work great with a a lot of outfits!

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