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Natural can mean bold and beautiful. When using natural-fiber fabrics such as cotton, wool or linen, buy organic when you can. Otherwise, the harm caused by chemicals and pesticides used to grow and manufacture the fabrics may outweigh the advantages.
Organic cotton comes in many forms: high end, indie designed or straight from a web retailer. Designer Nina Jizhar upholstered the wingback chair above in an organic cotton she designed.
Why not wool? Unlike linen and cotton, wool isn't made from plants; but when you buy organic wool, it ensures the sheep are being fed and treated well — and who wouldn't want that kind of peace of mind?
Man-made green. Synthetic fabric may not sound very green, but many ecofriendly fabrics are made of 100 percent recycled polyester from bottles and other plastic containers. While polyester has many advantages (like being less prone to staining and creasing than cotton or linen), it's still a less sustainable choice than organic natural fabrics.
Hemp is all the rage. Not only is the production of hemp fibers chemical free, some even argue it improves the soil where it is grown. Hemp fabric is also extra durable, so it's a great choice for furniture that gets a lot of wear and tear — such as your dining chairs or your sofas.