While poking around the Internet trying to decide which batting to use for my latest quilt project, I stumbled upon batting that is made out of recycled water bottles. Sounds like a good thing, environmentally, right? Told my environmentally-conscious husband about it, and he wrote the following to the company that makes the batting; other quilters might be interested in reading:
"Please watch this documentary about plastic in its myriad forms and consider that your product is very likely ultimately damaging to life. It may divert the plastic bottles, but only temporarily. One could argue that plastic that goes to a landfill in bottle form will be more safely sequestered from biological cycles than batting fibers that will enter the water stream when quilts are washed or end up in the indoor air as the fibers slowly abrade inside a quilt. Wool or cotton batting is more likely biologically benign. http://www.bagitmovie.com/ Sincerely, -- concerned husband of an avid quilter"