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Thread: Quilter's Dream Green Recycled Soda Bottle Batting

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    I'm always interested in being more eco friendly and just read an article about this new batting made entirely out of soda bottles. I wondered if anyone has tried it and what they thought. I can't find it in any local shops yet or I'd by a craft size roll to check it out. I don't want to spend the money to order it online if it's not worth it. Any thoughts?

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    I'd be interested too to see how it works and if the price is reasonable. I too am trying to be eco friendly.

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    I saw it yesterday at my LQS. They had some baby quilts and runners hung up , that they used it in. It was very soft and they said it worked nice. throw size batting -60 x 60 was $11. and a twin size was $16. I am working on charity quilts right now, but am planning on getting one when I finish a quilt for my daughter. Elaine

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    I would be interested in this too. My question is does it beard like some polyester battings when machine quilting???

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    I don't know about bearding, but what is sold here and in the UK is a delicate shade of green. I'm not sure whether that is deliberate to indicate the 'greenness, as in recycled' of the product, after all, there are lots of pop/water bottles that are clear, aren't there?

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    Ther is also a brand of yarn that is made from bottles carried by Wal-Mart have used some in afghans

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    I use it in almost every project I make. I tried the bamboo and as much as I like it, I can not afford it. I just paid $22.00 for a queen size of recycled bottles. I wirks exactly like cotton batting. It has low loft and is very flexible. It doesn't smell, like the wool batting can smell on a humid day and it doesn't shift when you wash it. To me is the ideal media to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I use it in almost every project I make. I tried the bamboo and as much as I like it, I can not afford it. I just paid $22.00 for a queen size of recycled bottles. I wirks exactly like cotton batting. It has low loft and is very flexible. It doesn't smell, like the wool batting can smell on a humid day and it doesn't shift when you wash it. To me is the ideal media to use.

    Maria
    Thanks so much, Maria. This is good news indeed. I've also used the bamboo and love it, but the price makes it prohibitive for all but really special projects (of course, all projects are special, right?) And, LaceLady, according to the company website, after the recycling process the batting is green because that's the color of the majority of bottles used. They cut down on the processing by leaving it that color. Maria, you've never had a problem with the green showing through? It's not that dark, right?

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    Is it good for hand quilting as well as machine?

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    That certainly is eco friendly. Will have to look for some next time I am in a LQS.

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    where can you get this stuff and how does it look like??

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    I'd be afraid to use it in a baby or child's quilt. If it did catch on fire wouldn't it be like melted plastic? not counting the fumes it would put out. I think many recycled products have bad side effects. :? I think I'll stick with Warm and Natural cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    where can you get this stuff and how does it look like??
    I haven't tried it yet, but it does look interesting. Here's a link to a place you can get free samples. http://www.hickoryhillquilts.com/dre...en-batting.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I'd be afraid to use it in a baby or child's quilt. If it did catch on fire wouldn't it be like melted plastic? not counting the fumes it would put out. I think many recycled products have bad side effects. :? I think I'll stick with Warm and Natural cotton.
    You do bring up a good point. I think I would have to research it before using it for a child. Quilters Dream also makes a fire retardant batting, here's the link for that one. http://www.hickoryhillquilts.com/dre...el-batting.htm

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    Batting from plastic coke bottles -- what will they think of next? :shock:

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    I have used the green batting and I really like it.
    It quited so wonderful.
    I washed the quilt and it turned out very soft. Will try to use it again, just hope more shops start to carry it. I don't know about the flame retarant but I use dream angel for childrens quilts.

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    I think I saw this at Hancocks.

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    I have only seen it from Quilter's Dream. I used it and LOVE IT. The batting seemed to be more even in texture, did not have any bearding or lint from it in my machine.

    It is less flammable than polyester or cotton batting. Where I live, we can burn trash. Whenever I need to make sure to get a good fire going I get my trash bin from my quilting. That goes up FAST and burns a long time.

    When we got the recycle batting we did a burn test. When the recycle batting burns the "waste" is a very fine ash. There are some minute hard particles in the ash but it did burn MUCH slower than polyester, cotton/poly blend or cotton batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    When we got the recycle batting we did a burn test. When the recycle batting burns the "waste" is a very fine ash. There are some minute hard particles in the ash but it did burn MUCH slower than polyester, cotton/poly blend or cotton batting.
    That is really interesting - I wonder how they have done that? It makes it more 'useable' doesn't it?

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    Inow you can't iron it and not sure about drying
    They don't want you to use plastic in the mirowave....no one overlooks this much, because its not food. I will have to know a bit more before i use it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Inow you can't iron it and not sure about drying
    They don't want you to use plastic in the mirowave....no one overlooks this much, because its not food. I will have to know a bit more before i use it
    :D
    This is a very good point Ruth...I wonder how long those chemicals stay around in the fabrics once they are exposed to the heat in a dryer? Thanks for bringing this up!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Inow you can't iron it and not sure about drying
    They don't want you to use plastic in the mirowave....no one overlooks this much, because its not food. I will have to know a bit more before i use it
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    This is a very good point Ruth...I wonder how long those chemicals stay around in the fabrics once they are exposed to the heat in a dryer? Thanks for bringing this up!!!
    The company website says it can be machine dried with little to no shrinkage, but I didn't think about any chemicals being released. I wonder if it would be about the same as drying regular polyester batting? Ladies who have used it: any problems maching drying quilts made with this? Any fumes, etc?

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    I am not worried about the standard poly batting, it is made for drying in the clothes dryer...just the plastic bottle/batting which is not heat resistant :wink:

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    I think that I'll stick with the Warm n' Natural. Too, worried about what effects the chemicals may produce. :shock:

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    I belong to a LA group and the response has been mixed so far.

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