Contributing Author: Jessica Chong, Crochet Nature
Hi! I’m Jessica from Crochet Nature and I’m thrilled to be a contributor here at Crochetrendy!
We all have one thing in common and that’s our love of crochet. But I’d like to challenge you with an important question:
How can we use this love of crochet to impact the world?
It’s a big question with a somewhat simple answer.
I love people. I love nature’s beauty. And I love contributing through crochet to have a positive impact on our beautiful world. You can read more on my blog about my journey to reach this point of passion. But today I’d like to invite you to take a moment to consider how you can also have a positive impact.
One of the simplest ways is to buy good yarn. I don’t mean yarn that’s a “good deal” because it’s found on sale at an unbelievable and unbeatable price. It’s something different. It’s fair yarn that is good to the people who make it. It’s healthy yarn that’s good to the environment from which it came. I’ve spent the last year researching a variety of this good yarn and I’d like to share some great finds with you so that, if you wish, you can contribute to giving women a life of opportunity, improving our natural environment, and making your own positive impact.
List of Ethical and Eco-Friendly Yarns
Manos del Uruguay
Manos del Uruguay has been around for more than 40 years! They are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and totally committed to Fair Trade. I love what is written on their website: “We, the craftswomen, are the owners of Manos del Uruguay, and we are part of a non-profit Association, the objective of which is to generate work for rural women, allowing us to stay in our towns, earn our living and develop ourselves as human beings.”
Mirasol is a project that supports local communities in Peru and the education of their children. A portion of every purchase of the Mirasol Yarn Collection goes directly to the Mirasol Project.
Darn Good Yarn
Darn Good Yarn has a huge selection of Sari Silk Yarn, Sari Ribbon, & Patterns. Read their story – it’s amazing – and empowers women from Nepal & India.
Lang Recycled Denim Cotton
One of my first patterns – a mug cozy – was made with this recycled yarn, which is sadly discontinued. You can still find skeins online, but there are also plenty of other similar cotton yarns!
LionBrand Nature’s Choice Organic
This is a favorite that I’ve used time and time again. It’s grown and spun without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. It’s so soft and great for winter accessories like this great Cowl and these trendy Fingerless Mittens – both perfect for autumn!
Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton
It’s perfect for baby clothes, sweaters, accessories or really anything you’d like to be light, lofty, and silky soft to the touch. Besides being 100% certified organic cotton, it also comes in an endless supply of shades colored with low impact dyes.
Boodles Yarn is a quirky, yet ethically sourced yarn created from off-cuts from the textile manufacturing process turned into up-cycled reclaimed yarn spools. It is great for home projects and fashion accessories. I’ve had a lot of fun with this one, from this chunky mug cozy when I needed to add a little pizazz to my mug…to this arm knit cowl when I felt like stepping out of my comfort zone of crochet for a moment.
So, the next time you’re choosing yarn for your crochet project, stop for a second and think…Is this good yarn? Easy answer: yes or no. Yes will make a difference. Yes will make a positive impact.