Heidi Barr gained her textile expertise as a clothing designer. Now, she uses this experience and passion for sustainable kitchen products as the basis for her business in Kitchen Garden Textiles.
“Our goal is to provide beautiful and practical kitchen textiles to help people live without synthetic fibers. plastic Or disposable items in the kitchen of a home or restaurant,” Barr explained.
Kitchen Garden Textiles started out seemingly simple, transforming cotton shirts into napkins, and Barr sells napkins to help support local farms.Although her product line is reclaimed and Natural materials As the scale expands, her goal of supporting community farms remains firm. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Barr recently partnered with Emma Cunniff, who runs the Kneehigh farm and provides indigo to Kitchen Garden Textiles, to grow and develop flax crops in the area.
Linen Made from flax, flax grows well in various soils and requires almost no water, fertilizer or pesticides. Linen is also stronger when wet than when dry, making it the perfect material for towels. For towels and napkins that need to be cleaned up, linen can do the job because its water absorption is 20% higher than cotton. In addition, it has antibacterial and antifouling properties. Linen products are OEKO-TEX certified, so they are guaranteed to be free of harsh chemicals; when they are finally worn, they are compostable.In addition to the main linen, Barr also uses other natural fabrics such as recycled cotton, remnants from other sewing rooms, and vintage numb mix.
Relying on natural materials to make napkins, aprons, shopping bags, paperless towels, coffee filters, tea bags and other products is a must for Barr. Her past experience has shown her the danger of manufacturing fabrics that cause waste and pollution, just like most of the fashion industry. “Using, wearing and washing natural fabrics such as linen in our daily lives can alleviate a series of environmental problems. Microplastics Non-recyclable plastic that goes to landfill. I am optimistic that the more people who have access to high-quality natural textiles, the easier it is for them to make changes. “
Barr continues to work hard to support local sustainable farmers and use part of the profits on regeneration farms in the state. Now known as the Pennsylvania Flax Project, the farm she helped plant will become the material source of future kitchen garden textiles, but this is not the only goal of growing useful crops.
“This first flax field will be an opportunity for us to get acquainted with these plants and understand how they thrive in our area,” Cunniff said. “We are very happy to know how the local bees are, PollinatorAnd other beneficial insects enter the flax flower and help support the crop. Of course, we are looking forward to a good harvest! “Kitchen Garden Textile’s future plans include the establishment of its own company factory.
Zoe Schaeffer and Ted Nghiem through the kitchen garden textile photography