As a crafter, I am always on the look out for eco-friendly crafting products. I have never particularly been a fan of Red Heart yarn. I always kind of thought of it as the yarn to buy for children’s projects, since they don’t really care about texture or whether the ply holds together. I always found it felt very unnatural and plastic, and it certainly never made me think green…but I think that just may be changing.
Red Heart has just introduced not 1 but 3 new eco-friendly yarns. There is regular Eco-Ways, which utilizes 30% recycled polyester made from plastic. It also features a label made of recycled paper and can be machine washed and dried - both are always a plus! Eco-ways is available in more than a dozen colors, most of them pretty.
Then they have their Eco-Cotton™ Blend, made from 75% recycled fabric remnants from used t-shirts. Also washable and dryable, though no word about the label on the website. It’s not available in as many colors, but it has some attractive choices, including a couple of unique color blends.
Finally, they have Eco-Ways™ Bamboo Wool. I am a fan of other bamboo yarns I’ve tried, so I have high hopes for this one. The wool is made from a blend of wool and sustainable bamboo and even felts, with reduced potential for allergy or the scratchiness that plain sheep’s wool has. Bamboo yarns tend to be very soft, with an almost shiny appearance. The label appears to be the same recycled paper as the other Eco-Ways™ yarn. It says it is machine washable as well as dryable, but I am not sure how that will work if it is indeed a felting yarn as claimed.
Regardless, I can’t wait to try it!