The textile industry is one of the world’s worst polluters. Chemical-laden wastewater from large-scale factories spews unchecked into the world’s rivers and lakes — doesn’t bode well for our planet’s supply of fresh drinking water.
Meanwhile, cheap, mass-produced textiles and home goods come in and out of our houses as fast as the seasons change. And while some of them may claim they’re ‘green,’ their manmade stuffings and chemically-treated trims end up collecting in our landfills just the same.
By keeping our hands in every process — from sourcing the highest quality, sustainable raw materials to producing our own line of home soft goods and packaging them in our Traverse City studio — we can help improve the quality of our world’s fresh water, reduce our impact on our landfills, and bring you inspiring, sustainable home goods we can all be proud of.
When it comes to creating fun and classic sustainable soft goods for your home, we’ll never cut corners. As long as it carries the Fresh Water tag, you can breathe easy knowing it’s:
• Carefully curated from artisan fiber farms, weavers, and mills around the globe who have integrity in their process and choose to protect our planet’s freshwater sources — even if they have little access to it
• Based on the science of farming, natural resources & the health of our waterways
• 100% organic (with or without GOTS certification), OEKO-TEX & USA-made whenever possible
• Handcrafted with full transparency from seed to sale
I’ve always been obsessed with fresh water. Nothing fills me up like a quiet paddle, dockside drinks, or playing at the beach with my 3 water-loving dogs. While my husband and I were busy raising our 3 teenage boys in northern Michigan’s freshwater wonderland — and in my work as a land & water scientist — I was always paying close attention to this great natural resource and how making slow, clean consumer choices could impact it.
I saw people eating local and shopping sustainable for their body and bath products, but there was a disconnect when it came to the soft goods they were using at home. Meanwhile, my family’s extensive travels were bringing incredible adventures in color and texture. So, leaning on my background in Geography, Ecology & Limnology (the study of lakes & fresh water) and pairing it with a hobby of sewing and a love of tactile experiences, I started learning everything I could about sustainable textile manufacturing in scalable terms. And in 2015, Fresh Water Textiles was born.
Today, I’m proud to be filling this gap with sustainable home textiles that are as timeless and beautiful as they are durable and eco-friendly. And when I’m not designing the next collection — or working toward becoming a B Corp — you can usually find me planning our family’s next backcountry adventure or making the dehydrated backpacking meals to carry with us. (Yes, I really do that!)
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