I care about the environment. I think before I throw away things that may be reused or recycled. I've been leaning toward cotton yarns lately because the are not quite as harmful to the environment as the acrylics I've used for so many years. True, many pieces I've made will last so long that they won't contribute to landfill issues for quite some time BUT the manufacturing of synthetic fibers is another story.
read more here) and the manufacturing of cotton garments is no simple process (read more here). That said, cotton yarn fits my budget and is still a step better than synthetic. More eco-friendly organic cottons are still affordable, but they cost two to three times as much as my favorite go-to cotton, Lily Sugar 'n Cream.
So, if I'm going to double, or even triple, my budget to go green, why not truly embrace the program and drop the cotton altogether? Bamboo and hemp are both lower impact and renewable, so are soy and wool but I'm allergic to those two and I'm not about to go shopping for non-latex gloves to wear while I crochet. (Did I mention I'm allergic to latex too?) How about alpaca? Supposedly, organic wool doesn't affect many people with wool allergies AND wool would be a better replacement for the acrylic I've used for so long since it's got more loft to it than cotton. Now there's something to think about. Let's face it, a cotton afghan is not going to be as warm as wool or even acrylic and any stuffed toys I've crocheted from cotton simply haven't held up as well as their acrylic counterparts.
Here are two more articles that helped me write this post: