Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

pashmina_scarf_150.jpgThis alphabetical listing of green interior fabric definitions is a must for anyone wanting to look up the difference between a third-party certified green fabric and one that has been merely 'washed green', ie. 'greenwashed'.

Dayle compiled this list from her 19 years experience teaching textiles at college, and her hours of research into various textile websites. This is available to you in a downloadable pdf.

 

 

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Glossary of Green Textile Terms

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Hello Dayle,<br />Thank you for sending your newsletter and in particular the glossaries you have compiled. That was very generous and informative; I know I will make reference to them often. As always you continue to be a wealth of...

Hello Dayle,<br />Thank you for sending your newsletter and in particular the glossaries you have compiled. That was very generous and informative; I know I will make reference to them often. As always you continue to be a wealth of information.<br /><br />Margarida<br />Chic Decor<br /><br />Thanks for the positive feedback Margarida!<br />Dayle

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Thank you Dayle. I have not read all of your research yet, but just wondering if you know anything about the foam mattresses on the market. Do they off-gas as well? <br /><br />Barb Bowes<br />Bowes Design Solutions<br /> <br />Hi Barb,<br...

Thank you Dayle. I have not read all of your research yet, but just wondering if you know anything about the foam mattresses on the market. Do they off-gas as well? <br /><br />Barb Bowes<br />Bowes Design Solutions<br /> <br />Hi Barb,<br />Manufacturers can be asked if the adhesives used in production are solvent or water based. Water-based adhesives would generally be preferable for less VOC off-gassing.<br /><br />Some people are avoiding polyurethane foam used in mattresses. The information on polyurethane linked on page 3 of the Glossary (found in the Resource page on my website) quotes from Greenpeace's Pyramid of Plastics. "Polyurethane... uses several hazardous intermediates and creates numerous hazardous by-products."<br /><br />I would also like to refer you to the Less Toxic Guide - household cleaning section link, found on the 4th item listed on my Resources page. Sleeping on bedsheets laundered with fabric softener exposes one to an assortment of chemicals (such as formaldehyde), that may surprise some people. This guide from the Nova Scotia government is excellent in its explanations and suggestions for alternatives. I like to use vinegar instead if I need fabric softener, which is quite rare.<br /><br />Best regards,<br />Dayle

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Hi Dayle: wondering if you may be able to help me out. I went to visit a client of mine who has severe environmental allergies. She wants to recover a chair and put up some drapes. She finds that a lot of the chemicals on fabrics bother her so...

Hi Dayle: wondering if you may be able to help me out. I went to visit a client of mine who has severe environmental allergies. She wants to recover a chair and put up some drapes. She finds that a lot of the chemicals on fabrics bother her so has been trying to find organic cotton fabrics or some fabric that does not have a lot of processing and coatings. <br /><br />Have you found any products that may work in a situation like this?<br /><br />Thank you very much,<br />SHaryn Adler Gitalis<br /><br />Hi Sharyn,<br /><br />I can certainly understand your client’s situation. I can suggest several fabric suppliers that carry beautiful organic cottons. They sell to the trade through designers such as yourself.<br /><br />J Ennis Fabrics “Simply Natural” collection.<br />http://www.jennisfabrics.com<;br /><br />Robert Allen’s Beacon Hill “Awakenings” and Robert Allen “Pure Style”<br />http://www.robertallendesign.com<;br /><br />Threadcount Inc.<br />http://www.threadcountinc.com<;br /><br />Do make sure the upholsterer does not put in new polyurethane foam that will off-gas and cause your client problems. Similarly, the drapery lining should be organic as well. One has to consider the components as well as the surface material.<br /><br />All the best with this project,<br />Dayle

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