Sustainable Shade with 7 Eco Friendly & Organic Linen Curtains

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Sustainable Shade with 7 Eco Friendly & Organic Linen Curtains

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Let’s start by throwing shade on curtains made with environmentally destructive materials. 

Whew—now that that’s done we can celebrate all the sustainable curtain brands who are doing things the right way. The ones making conscious curtains, fair trade window furnishings, and planet friendly portières.

What does that mean exactly, you ask? 

We’ll elaborate at the end of the article, but essentially we looked for organic linen curtain brands who used the most eco friendly materials, had transparent and fair supply chains, and, in some cases, went above and beyond to give back to people and the planet. 

Curtains are, after all, an important part of a sustainable home

If you’re in need of some quick ethical shade, Made Trade always impresses us—and they continued to do so with their wide range of ethical curtains. For handmade organic linen curtains, Not Perfect Linen create beautiful luxury drapes, while MagicLinen’s has top marks for sustainably subtle accents. 

Let’s block out that bright morning sun and explore some of our favorite organic and eco friendly curtains from the best 7 brands.

1. MADE TRADE

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About Made Trade

Made Trade makes ethical online shopping a joy and as a retailer for a number of our favorite ethical fashion brands they’re always one of our go-to’s. 

Made Trade thinks of themselves as “ethically elevated.” They prioritize all the good stuff, like sustainability, fair wages, quality craftsmanship, and transparency. 

The woman-owned, family-run company was started in 2018 by Cayley Pater and Andy Ives. Faced with the challenges of finding truly ethically-made and sustainably-sourced products (and presented with greenwashing instead), the duo decided to create the marketplace of their dreams. 

Everything sold from Made Trade aligns with their seven core values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Made in USA, People of Color Owned, Sustainable, Vegan, and Woman Owned. 

How easy does this make sustainable shopping?!

In addition to eco friendly curtains, Made Trade has a vast range of other products—from clothing and bedding to home decor and furniture. Each collection represents the best and most sustainable brands, small businesses, and independent artisans. 

Their colorful curtain selection from Ichcha—albeit small—leaves nothing to be desired.

Made Trade’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The stunningly unique and beautiful patterns on Made Trade’s range of curtains from Ichcha are all possible thanks to sustainable cotton and natural vegetable dyes made from trees, bark, minerals, flowers, and leaves.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Ichcha ticks a few boxes for Made Trade. They’re a Fair Trade brand, use heritage practices that support age-old techniques and diverse artisans is a POC-owned business, and is woman-owned (sister-owned, to be exact)! 

The curtains are printed by hand using an ancient Indian block printing technique called Dabu. The women artisans who make the curtains in India all set their own prices and work in fair trade conditions.

Green business practices: 

Not only are Ichcha’s vegetable dyes better for the earth, but they’re much safer for the artisans who work with them. Since block printing these dyes onto the fabric is done by hand, the process is totally non-mechanized, too.

Going back to Made Trade, everything purchased through their site is covered by 100% carbon offset shipping!

Community & charitable giving: 

Partnering with a variety of NGOs, all Ichcha artisans are taught both Hindi and English and receive free medical checkups for themselves and their families.

Going beyond Ichcha’s positive impact, 1% of all of Made Trade’s profits are donated to 1% for the Planet (of which we’re also proud members!).

Available:  Made Trade


2. MAGICLINEN

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About MagicLinen

Based out of Lithuania, MagicLinen is a family business who believes that linen has magic powers (hence the name). These powers are best retained by being stone washed before being made into linen bedding, clothing, table linens, and eco friendly window curtains. 

MagicLinen’s design ethos is three-fold: they’re meticulous about details and colors, passionate about your vision, and committed to the planet and the people on it. 

Pretty on paper (or rather your computer screen), and in your home, too! These curtains are delightfully understated and are sure to add a pop of classy elegance to any room. Just ask one of their (almost) 70,000 super satisfied customers.

MagicLinen’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

MagicLinen’s range of linen curtains are all made from 100% European flax. If you look back to our review of sustainable fabrics, linen is in there and it’s one of the best—as it requires little in terms of irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer. 

Textile production is generally a complicated process—one that is full of chemicals that are harmful for people and the planet. Which is why MagicLinen ensures all of their products are OEKO-TEX certified, meaning they don’t contain harmful substances.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

In Lithuania, linen has deep roots (pun intended!). The flax plant and the process of washing linen with volcanic stones is associated with Lithuanian folklore and mythology. Magic Linen tries to incorporate some of these traditions into their production.

Transparency is very important to MagicLinen, which is why they’ve been working with third-party agencies to ensure that every stage of their production is ethical.

Green business practices: 

MagicLinen uses environmentally friendly packaging and their mailers are made with cornstarch and PBAT (bio-based polymer). When they biodegrade, they don’t leave behind polluting microplastics (which means they’re truly biodegradable, not just the greenwashed definition of it).

Using flax also allows MagicLinen to produce products that stand the test of time. One of the reasons that linen is so magical is that it is the strongest natural fiber in the world, perfect for curtains that rarely need to be replaced. 

Available:  Etsy


3. NOT PERFECT LINEN

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About Not Perfect Linen

“The beauty of linen is that it is not perfect.”

This is the first thing you’ll see when you hop over to Not Perfect Linen’s Etsy shop. This sentence speaks to the fact that linen gets better and more valuable with age. Its imperfections are what make it a naturally beautiful fabric.

The family behind the Not Perfect Linen brand realize the perfect imperfections of linen and they’re committed to sustainably sourcing and ethically working with it so that it can be enjoyed around the world. 

Not Perfect Linen highlights the sustainable versatility of this fabric in all that they offer—from light linen maternity dresses and linen scarves to bed linen and (a big drapery duh) eco friendly curtains…

Not Perfect Linen’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All curtains are OEKO-TEX certified linen sourced from local Lithuanian manufacturers.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Not Perfect Linen tries to keep humans involved in the process as much as possible. They avoid using machines and instead use Lithuanian artisans to hand make their products (and do so while earning a fair living wage).

Green business practices: 

By encouraging customers to play an active role in the manufacturing process (by pre-ordering their products so that they can be made order), Not Perfect Linen is able to reduce waste and challenge the textile industry norms of overproduction.

Available:  Etsy


4. RAWGANIQUE

Let’s block out that bright morning sun and explore some of our favorite organic and eco friendly curtains Image by Ragwanique #organiclinencurtains #ecofriendlycurtains #sustainablejungle
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About Rawganique

Founded by some off-grid homesteaders who were inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, Rawganique are the real deal. 

Their chemical-free products are sustainably and ethically made with the highest standards. Their range of clothing, footwear (including sandals and slippers), bed+bath, accessories, and lifestyle products have all been designed with animal and nature lovers in mind!

If you’re looking for organic linen curtains (or organic hemp or cotton, for that matter), you’ll probably want to consider supporting these “real, passionate people creating handcrafted clothing and organic products on a small scale.”  

Aside from standard opaque curtains, they sell two-sided and reversible eco friendly blackout curtains and even sustainable shower curtains to truly suit all your curtain needs.

Rawganique’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Did you know that synthetic garments shed an average of 2,500 pieces of microfibers with every single wash? But that’s no issue here…these eco friendly curtains are made from one of three simple materials: organic cotton, organic hemp, and organic French linen. 

Even the ties to their shower curtains are organic, made of little hemp braid and fastened with wooden beads.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Transparency is a pretty big priority for Rawganique. All of Rawganique’s materials are grown in Europe, before being processed in a sweatshop-free and chemical-free atelier in Europe. Everything is then finished in Canada or the USA. Nothing is imported from China or India.

Green business practices: 

Rawganic uses three main materials and their list of what they don’t use is a little longer: plastic, PVC, latex, dioxin, VOCs, and formaldehyde. No harmful chemicals from their sourcing or leachings from their manufacturing. Shade has never been so sustainable!

Available:  Rawganique | Amazon


5. POTTERY BARN

Let’s block out that bright morning sun and explore some of our favorite organic and eco friendly curtains Image by Pottery Barn #organiclinencurtains #ecofriendlycurtains #sustainablejungle
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About Pottery Barn

We’ll let Pottery Barn introduce themselves: 

“Our vision is to be America’s most meaningful, beautiful design source by bringing together good products, people and values.”

They’ve been one of the most well-known homewares stores ever since they opened their first brick and mortar shop more than 70 years ago. Quality and craftsmanship are a priority for Pottery Barn, which is why they use sustainable materials and work with skilled artisans. 

If you take a look at their range of bedding, lighting, art, kitchenware, furniture (etc.), you’ll see their values are reflected in each product. Their curtains made from eco friendly materials, have been sustainably sourced and produced using fair trade practices.  

Pottery Barn’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Pottery Barn has a pretty large selection of curtains, which means they use a lot of different materials ranging in levels of sustainability. If you do a bit of perusing, you’ll find their best curtains use organic cotton. 

Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that they also use cotton that may not be certified organic, but that’s been responsibly sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative and certified by OEKO-TEX to be free of more than 350 harmful substances. By 2021, 100% of their cotton will be responsibly sourced.

They also work with Fair Trade Certified cotton (which is mostly used for their best eco friendly blackout curtains) and sustainably sourced linen and TENCEL™ (which, as a reminder, is a brand of lyocell made from sustainably-sourced eucalyptus trees). 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Some (though not all) of Pottery Barn’s products are made using Fair Trade practices. Over the years, they’ve supported Fair Trade workers around the globe with more than $3 million in fair wages. 

Green business practices: 

Pottery Barn has some lofty landfill goals—by 2021 they plan to divert 75% of all production waste from landfills. While not applicable to curtains, they also responsibly source 42% of the wood used in their eco friendly furniture (it’ll be 50% by 2021).

Community & charitable giving: 

Through working with Fair Trade partners, by the end of 2020 Pottery Barn will have supported more than 100,000 workers with living wages, further education and empowerment programs. 

Available:  Pottery Barn


6. BARN & WILLOW

Let’s block out that bright morning sun and explore some of our favorite organic and eco friendly curtains Image by Barn and Willow #organiclinencurtains #ecofriendlycurtains #sustainablejungle
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About Barn & Willow

Did you know that most window coverings are marked up 250% by the time they reach us customers? 

Barn & Willow was founded to challenge the status quo. Instead of working with several middlemen, they work directly with factories to use some of the best materials and pay fair wages, while still keeping prices low. 

With a direct relationship with factories, Barn & Willow has been able to produce an extensive range of all types of affordable eco friendly curtains (namely shades and drapery, as well as the hardware with which to hang them), as well as throws and throw pillows.

Barn & Willow’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Barn & Willow prioritize Belgian flax linen (which is great in and of itself). They also use GOTS certified organic cotton, a linen-cotton blend, a wool-linen blend, and velvet (which is 40% polyester and thus best avoided).

Their European flax linen is certified by Masters of Linen, indicating that the product meets the highest standards when it comes to sustainability, quality, and ethical labor practices.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

A quick look at Barn & Willow’s website and you will see how transparent the brand is. They elaborate on their pricing, showing all the steps in the retail journey and the cost per product. 

With Barn & Willow, the journey is simple. Designer to manufacturer directly to customer. Omitting the middlemen allows them to keep prices affordable. 

As for manufacturing, they publish all the info about that, too.  The organic window linen curtains begin their journey in a Belgian linen factory that has been in production for more than 150 years and uses eco friendly processes. 

Then, the fabric travels to Delhi, India to be stitched in a factory that is proud of its ethical treatment of its workers. Barn & Willow visited the factory prior to working with them to be sure that it was clean and safe for workers.  

Available:  Barn & Willow


7. AMERICAN CUSTOM DRAPES

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About American Custom Drapes

American Custom Drapes specializes in custom made drapes made with the highest quality materials. They work with any and everyone: hotels, restaurants, and individual homes. 

While they offer a huge range of window coverings, we were excited to see their range of eco friendly curtains.

American Custom Drapes’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Working with eco and sustainable fabric suppliers, American Custom Drapes has been able to source several different natural fabrics for their line of sustainable curtains (be sure you shop this one because they also have options that are made with not-so-Earth-friendly materials). 

Their more planet-friendly materials include organic / recycled cotton, recycled hemp, and recycled plastic fibers. These materials are blended to make some of the best eco friendly curtains produced on a larger scale. 

Their organic products are certified by Control Union, National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), GOTS, and/or Ecocert

They also use low impact, nontoxic, and eco friendly dyes. For their white or “natural” color fabrics, they use non-toxic hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

If you take a peek at the brand’s FAQs, they talk a little about their supply chain, though we would like to see more info here. They source all raw materials from China, aside from the organic cotton, which comes from India and Turkey.

All of their manufacturing takes place in India and China, though they don’t say much more about their factories. We’ll be reaching out directly to hopefully learn more.

Community & charitable giving: 

For every eco-friendly drape sold, American Custom Drapes will plant a tree through their partnership with One Tree Planted.

Available:  American Custom Drapes


HOW WE FOUND THE BEST ECO FRIENDLY AND ORGANIC LINEN CURTAINS

Ever thought about pesticides or poor labor practices when drawing the curtains? Us neither, until recently, that is. So much for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Just like with other types of products (think mattresses, furniture, and bedding), curtains (especially those made from synthetic fabrics) can be bad for our health and that of the planet. They can contain toxic chemicals, like VOCs and are linked to air pollution and all sorts of health issues. 

So, as always, we wanted to draw those drapes wide open and shed some light (pun intended) on some of the better options. Here’s how we did that, as well as some certifications to look for so that you won’t be blindsided by greenwashing.

Materials:

Synthetic materials are never good (unless they’re recycled, that is). We don’t like them in our underwear, we don’t like them in our bedding, and we don’t like them in our curtains. For sustainable shade, we’d much rather use natural materials like organic cotton, hemp, and linen (which all require no pesticides and little water to grow), or semi-synthetic fabrics like lyocell and modal. 

While recycled synthetics that make use of waste already in existence are totally acceptable in fashion, they’re still second to biodegradable fabrics. Which is why we were stoked to find so many of these natural, non-synthetic sustainable curtain brands.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Transparency is like a brand telling you the truth, the entire truth. They’re not sugar-coating the good and leaving out the bad. When a brand is able to share more of what they do with customers, we get excited. 

Namely, we look for those that  share where exactly their materials are sourced and what factories they work with. It’s even better when they can speak to how they support their workers with safe conditions and fair wages. 

Green business practices:

Most of a brand’s sustainability will be embedded into the materials they use, but we always appreciate it when a company does even more for the planet. Carbon offsets and eco-friendly packaging are our favorite green business practices, but the possibilities here are practically endless. From product recycling programs to using renewable energy, some brands are going to great lengths to reduce their impact any way they can.

Community & charitable giving:

While small brands don’t always have the capacity to give back, we love it when they try. Whether they provide extra support to workers, donate some of their profits to NGOs, or just plant a tree, we like to see brands who really care. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ECO FRIENDLY AND ORGANIC CURTAINS

Whether you’re blocking the sun or looking for a little extra privacy, choosing the right curtains goes beyond looking for a color or pattern that matches the room. It also means considering how they were made, and with what materials. 

We get it—not every brand is ready to change all of their practices to make eco friendly curtains, but we’re glad to see that there are a few trying! 

But the burden isn’t just on the blind brand. It’s critical for us, as consumers, to know that there are companies and products that align with our values. We just have to find them.

Speaking of values, any curtain brands that we missed that you think make for a sustainable home and planet? Let us know in the comments below.


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