As crafters, we often find ourselves weaving more than just yarn – we're weaving stories of our values and concerns. In an era where sustainability is a buzzword, it's only natural that our beloved fiber arts community joins the conversation about eco-friendly and ethical choices. In this blog, we'll explore the world of sustainable yarn choices and how companies like Symfonie Yarns are leading the way in promoting ethical practices.
Before we go into the intricacies of sustainable yarns, let's understand why they matter. The textile industry, including yarn production, can have significant environmental and ethical impacts. Conventional yarn production may involve harmful chemicals, excessive water usage, and exploitative labor practices. Choosing sustainable yarns allows us to craft with a clear conscience, knowing we're contributing to a healthier planet and supporting ethical practices. Here at Symfonie Yarns, we’re not just about beautiful yarn but also about ethical and sustainable choices.
When selecting sustainable yarn, it's essential to consider how it's produced. Look for brands and suppliers that prioritize ethical practices, such as fair wages, safe working conditions, and transparency in their supply chain. Supporting companies that value their workers ensures that your yarn journey is a positive force in the world.
Symfonie Yarns is deeply committed to ethical labor practices. Notably, a majority of our employees are women. The company takes a proactive stance on workers' rights, ensuring that each employee receives fair wage compensation, access to medical benefits, transportation, daily meals, and on-the-job training. This commitment not only supports the well-being of their workforce but also contributes to the education and empowerment of their employees' families.
OEKO-TEX Class 100 Certified Yarns
All of Symfonie Yarns’ base yarns and dyes carry the OEKO-TEX Class 100 certification. What does this mean for you? It means you can wear your finished creations next to your skin without worry. This certification ensures that the yarn and dyes are free from harmful substances, making them safe for you and the environment.
Naturally Dyed and Organically Produced
Our Flora line is a true gem in the sustainable yarn world. It's naturally dyed with plant-based dyes like madder root and alkanet. These dyes not only create stunning, earthy hues but are also kinder to the environment. No harsh chemicals, just nature's own colors. Plus, all of our yarns are hand-dyed, ensuring the reduction of a larger carbon footprint and supporting eco-friendly practices.
Symfonie Yarns makes thoughtful choices when it comes to the fiber materials we use in our yarns. One of our primary selections is Merino wool, known for its softness and sustainability- the two most important things a crafter looks for in the yarn they use. Merino wool is sourced from Merino sheep, a breed prized for its fine, soft fleece; producing the softest dreamy texture we all long for in our projects! What makes Merino wool eco-friendly is its natural and renewable nature. Merino sheep grazing on pastures act as natural carbon sinks, capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. This not only makes Merino wool a renewable resource but also environmentally friendly in terms of carbon footprint- making it an ideal choice to incorporate in your craft. Additionally, it typically requires less water for production compared to some other fibers like cotton, making it a water-efficient choice.
It doesn’t end there! Our diverse fiber range includes other materials as well, such as Silk, which is known for its luxurious texture and sheen. Surprisingly, silk can be eco-friendly when sourced responsibly. Similar to wool, silk is biodegradable, breaking down naturally without causing environmental harm. That means less worrying about your carbon footprint in the environment. Eco-friendly silk production methods avoid harmful chemicals and pesticides, promoting healthy silkworm cultivation. And at Symfonie Yarns, keeping you away from harmful chemicals is our top priority.
Nylon, another material used by Symfonie Yarns, is typically added to yarn blends to enhance durability without compromising on quality. While it's a synthetic fiber, it can contribute to sustainable practices when used thoughtfully. Nylon's strength and resilience can extend the life of yarn blends, reducing the need for frequent replacements. This is particularly valuable for items subjected to significant wear and tear, such as socks or bags. You can rock that pair of socks you so lovingly knitted for a long time without worrying about it being damaged!
Incorporating sustainable yarn choices into your crafting not only adds depth and meaning to your projects but also contributes positively to our planet and global community. By making conscious choices about the fibers we use and the companies we support, we can continue crafting beautiful creations while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
So, as you begin your next knitting or crocheting adventure, remember that each stitch can be a step toward a more sustainable and ethical future for the world of yarn. Let's craft our values and make every stitch count. Happy crafting!