Alot of thinking over the past few weeks (and years) about the eco dye thing. It wanders through my mind that to be truly environmentally friendly, eco-dyeing should use materials that we grow or that we can gather on a very local level.
Last night I found this link about German dyers no longer having full access to Brazilwood because the rise in eco-dyeing is driving the price up so high. Thank you Jude Hill. India Flint mentions something about this on her site as well, relating to her use of eucalyptus which is native to Australia.
Last week's batches of papers were dyed with plants in my neighborhood collected on walks. This week's will be the same. Things are plentiful right now with summer's end in sight.
My feet are in the picture below not only for their outstanding beauty but for a sense of scale. Now what exactly do I consider windfall? The hydrangeas are from a neighbor's garden with permission to trim back anything hanging over her step. The juniper was hanging over the sidewalk and very plentiful.
Rose O'Sharon grows crazy wild around here so I never mind cutting mine back. My neighbor has one that is more blue and was very successful last week. I pick up the dead blooms from their lawn. Japanese Maples are common but don't successfully grow from seed. The seed pods are fair game as far as I'm concerned. They will be swept up and thrown away otherwise. In a month or so, the lawns will be littered with colorful leaves. Windfall.
With all of this said, I'd sure like to give the Euc a go. It won't become one of my staples though. Of course, we'll see how I feel in the dead of winter and those bunches of cheap flowerrs at Produce Junction are just staring me in the face.
What do you folks think of all of this? With the world at our fingertips these days, it is tempting indeed. But when we stop to think about the environmental footprint of having plants shipped to the four corners, how eco-friendly is the new eco-dyeing?