Do you have allergies to feathers or dust mites? Do you prefer natural fibres to fibres derived from petro chemicals? Do you look for quality products that last, rather than something that has to be replaced every 6-12 months? Cushion inner pads in 100% natural Alpaca wool could be an alternative.
Looking for ways around dependence on the oil industry and also to reduce carbon footprint of the business I came across locally based Spring Farm Alpacas. A visit to the farm introduced me to these delightful animals whose wool is naturally soft and cuddly, and it rapidly became obvious that the high standards of animal husbandry at Spring Farm ensure that their herd’s fleeces are exceptionally lustrous and full of bounce.
Wool is naturally flame retardant and does not need to be treated with any chemicals therefore making it an ideal material for people who experience allergic reactions to a wide range of substances in the home. In addition, Alpaca wool is said to be particularly hypo-allergenic.
Test driving the cushion inners throughout the cold winter months revealed that not only are the fillers soft and comfy, but they also bring a warm glow to the back on cooler evenings. Using organic cotton for the covers completes the chemical free experience. I have started with cushion fillers in 16″ size as this is the most popular. However, any size could be made to order.
Using textiles and fibres in the home that are free of chemical additives is particularly beneficial where there are young children or a small baby. There are hidden pollutants in many furnishings. Or if you just want to become more green and move away from products dependent on the oil industry, towards things that are renewable and biodegradable, then choosing wool fillers and cushion covers in natural fabrics such as organic hemp, linen and wool will help to put you on the road to a healthy home.