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Bamboo is a great alternative, among other things, for petroleum and tropical wood. Bamboo is a very fast growing grass that, unlike trees, continues to grow after it is cut down - an extremely sustainable resource. In processing, it is very sturdy, durable and flexible.
Cotton is one of the most important bases in the textile industry. Cotton grows back and is biodegradable. But especially with cotton, you have to consciously choose organic and certified cotton, because conventional production is harmful to the environment, often genetically modified and emits pollutants. In many cases, the production in less developed countries of origin is not socially acceptable.
Jute is the bast fiber from stems of the Corchorus plants, which originated in the Mediterranean region. Along with cotton, jute fibers are the most important natural fibers for textiles, which are nowadays imported mainly from India and Bangladesh. Jute is stretchable and tear-resistant, breathable and water-absorbent.
Latex is an elastic and at the same time tear-resistant material, water-repellent and: regrowing. Latex is a non-toxic natural product, the milk of tropical rubber plants. Natural rubber is made from latex, which is used for a wide variety of products in medicine and cosmetics, in furniture and clothing or in the home. Natural latex is mainly cultivated in tropical East and Southeast Asia and Africa. When buying, it is important to pay attention to the origin and certification.
When we speak of wool, this means primarily the shorn fur of sheep or lambs. More noble wool comes from camel, yak or alpaca, for example. Wool is warm, naturally water repellent, and has low flammability. It is also stretchy and breathable, it is a very special material in the clothing and furniture industry.
Linen, also known as flax, is an ancient natural fiber that is more contemporary than ever. It is extremely tear-resistant and easy to boil (though difficult to iron!). Linen was replaced in the 19th century by the much cheaper cotton, whose products, however, are nowhere near as durable. The flax plant is processed into short fibers in a complex harvesting and manufacturing process, which are then spun into threads and finally woven into fabric.
One of the oldest and most natural materials we know. A renewable resource, fantastic to work with, wonderful for a good indoor climate. Unfortunately, not all wood is non-toxic, sad but true. Especially the glazes, varnishes and paints with which wood is treated can become a problem. Polluted wood continues to evaporate into the indoor air for years and becomes a health hazard. Particularly with wood materials such as chipboard, harmful emissions occur time and again.
The precious metals gold and silver or the copper alloy brass are also natural materials that give every piece of furniture a high-quality finish. All three are easy to work with and process. Precious metals are inherently non-toxic.
Did you know that D3CO works with all these materials? A sustainable and ecological production is very important to us. This absolutely includes working exclusively with plastic-free and non-toxic materials to make your home a healthy place.