Ecobutterfly Organics Dedicated Focus on Sustainable Fiber Arts
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Yearning for yarn of pure quality and a wide variety of colors and texture? Ecobutterfly Organic‘s mission is to provide knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers with a very “green” and high quality source for all kinds of certified organic cotton yarn, hemp and fiber, with a vital focus on vegan and Fair Trade products. They also provide arts and crafts accessories, including knitting needles, beautiful recycled glass buttons and more, that are strictly eco-organic and/or recycled only. Ecobutterfly started as an offshoot to a knit shop that was started by Stephanie Schiff’s grandmother in 1955. Bea’s Knit Shop has been a cornerstone in the knitting community of Los Angeles for over 50 years, and Stephanie ran the business with her grandmother starting in 1988 until her grandmother Bea passed away in 1997. “I learned so much from her and I cherish everything she passed on to me. She was the best and I miss her more than anyone,” says Stephanie. Stephanie’s love for organics, vegetarianism and 30 years of learning the knitting craft from her grandmother was a perfect combination for her business path. She knew that she wanted to carry organic cotton yarns and other natural items, and she wanted to make sure that she could find sources for certified organics and Fair Trade goods when possible. She made the decision never to offer highly chemical processed synthetic rayon yarns just because they are made from natural fibers such as bamboo, soy, corn, tencel, banana, etc. These natural fibers are made into a chemical soup and extruded like spaghetti to make the silky “rayon” yarns – not an eco-friendly result. All of the cotton yarn they sell are organic, using no chemicals or pesticides to grow the cotton and no chemical processes used on the raw picked cotton to the finished yarn product. The yarns are very soft and wash very well. The “color grown” yarns often get deeper in color with hot water and machine drying, while most conventional dyes fade over time. For example, their Peruvian Mariposa certified organic and Fair Trade cotton yarn is a roving yarn core wrapped with fine threads for a fantasy texture. This organic cotton yarn is not only hand brushed, rustic and very soft, but hand harvested and wood vat dyed by hand with organic eco-friendly dyes in 28 naturally-derived, vegetable-based colors. Small variations in color may result from the artisanal process which adds to the beauty and uniqueness of this yarn. The Ecobutterfly Organics web site is powered by the wind and sun, and they contribute to Carbonfund for offsets to help reforestation projects. And their environmentally friendly business practices didn’t stop there. Customer service is a high priority, and all orders are sent out the same or the next business day unless otherwise specified. Ecobutterfly insists on reusing packaging with the highest percentage of post consumer recycled paper and shipping materials available, as well as 100% Non-GMO (NO corn PLA), sustainable and biodegradable cellulose in place of plastic. They keep unnecessary paperwork for shipped orders down to a minimum, and all information is sent via e-mail for customers’ records. Stephanie dedicates the Ecobutterfly Organics website to the memory of her Grandma Bea, and we join her in saying “Thank you, Grandma Bea, for your beautiful inspiration.” Visit her website to plan your next handicrafts project and be inspired by her legacy.