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January 21, 2010

You have heard me speak of Eco-Fi or Eco-Spun felt.  I use it as the base for most of my feather hairpieces as well as accents.  My choice to use this fabric falls right in-line with my company vision, to be a sustainable fashion line that is eco-friendly, animal friendly, and people friendly.  Ecofi – polyester fiber is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

The fabric is made in four steps.  1.  Plastic PET containers are picked up at community recycling centers, then sorted by type and color.  2. Plastic containers are stripped of their labels and caps, washed, and crushed, then chopped into flake.  3. The flake is melted and extruded to create fiber. The fiber is crimped, cut, drawn and stretched into desired length for strength, then baled.  4.  The baled fiber can be processed into fabric for a variety of textile product end uses.  You can watch this process here: Eco-fi

The product is made in Massachusetts but you can buy this fabric from your local JoAnn’s or on the web at Kunin Fabrics.  Just another way to lesson you fashion footprint.

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