Are you looking for a way to contribute to the environment or ways to make your home more natural? Then Eco-curtains may be the answer for you. These Eco-friendly draperies are starting to become a trend as people are trying to reduce their toxic overload and trying to preserve the environment for the next generation.
Eco-Curtains are made from almost 100% natural products. They are usually created from organic cotton and dyed with plant and vegetable extracts. These curtains do not have the amount of chemical residues that regular drapery do. Manufactures also tend to use natural materials such as wood for buttons. The curtains come in natural colors which are very subtle and have earthly overtones.
If you are considering investing in Eco-curtains, here are some tips that can assist you with your purchase.
1) Look for the best deals - Eco-curtains tend to be more expensive than regular drapery. To stretch your money, do some internet research to compare prices. They go on sale at certain times so be on the lookout for them.
2) Color Scheme - Keep in mind that Eco-curtains primarily come in more natural colors, such as camel, green, chocolate, red and white. Since there is a limited supply of colors, you may not be able to get the exact shade of lime green to match your décor.
3) Custom Drapes - If you have the time and don't mind the expense, you can have your drapes custom made. All you have to do is purchase organic cotton or naturally pigmented fabrics like "color-grown" cotton.
4) Fire Resistance - It is not advisable to use fire retardant sprays on your Eco-curtains if you are trying to reduce your exposure to chemicals. A natural way to get fire resistance is to use a natural fabric such as wool. It burns at a slower rate than most traditional fabrics used in curtains.
5) Linings - You may want to consider lining your curtains. You can purchase them that way or have a seamstress add a lining for you. Lining your curtains will give them power to block out more heat from the sun in the summer by deflecting the sun's rays. In the winter lined curtains can keep the heat in and chilly drafts out. The lining also protects your curtains from fading.
6) Cleaning - Try to avoid dry cleaning your drapes since dry cleaned items contain chemical residues. It is recommended that you vacuum your drapes once a week, and possibly wash them at home. Read your manufactures instructions and follow them. If you must dry clean them, let the drapes air out for 24 hours before bringing them back into your home.
So there you have it. Eco-curtains may be more expensive than the average brands but they are bringing fewer chemicals into the home and are environmentally sound. Your body will thank you for your wise choice. Happy Shopping.