Friday, December 11, 2009

Looolo - Felt Cushions and More

One of my favorite sources is a company called Looolo, (yes, there are four "o"s) founded by Joanna Notkin. Based in Montreal, Joanna creates whimsical cushions, scarves and blankets from organic wool and ramie. She uses knitting and felting to give her products a unique dimensionality.

I absolutely love the colors and textures on these throw pillows. The knit wool material is soft and cozy.

From a sustainability standpoint, these cushions are tops. They are made from organic materials (wool and ramie, with kapok filling) and are biodegradable at the end of their life cycle. Climatex Lifecycle yarns are used, and all their dyes are researched to make sure the chemicals pose no environmental threat.

Note: these products are for residential use. Wool is naturally flame retardant, but unfortunately ramie and Kapok don't meet the flame-resistant standards for commercial use.

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