If there’s one thing that can strike fear in the hearts of the eco-conscious and health-minded, it’s the thought of chemical textile additives. From the oh-so-dreaded flame retardants that bathe some of our most innocuous, everyday items to the elusive artificial dyes that impart a supernatural vividness to our clothes, these ghastly things are seemingly everywhere and—today especially—utterly inescapable. This, I am happy to report, is not quite the case. While it may indeed be difficult to gain complete freedom from artificial (and potentially toxic) dyes, there are steps one can take to avoid them. Reading fabric and clothing labels is a great first step. And, when all else fails, turn to the age-old, tried-and-true method of hand-dyeing with natural colors! The notion might be intimidating at first, but to help give you a jump start on your DIY dyeing, we’ve got a fun little treat—a free downloadable natural dyes chart. Print this bad boy out, laminate it, and keep it on hand for whenever you hear the siren call of a fabric dyeing project! (Hint: our DIY archive has tons of ’em!) Continue below for the download link!—Max
To download the printable image file, click here.