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Thread: Recycled Plastic Batting?

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    Recycled Plastic Batting?

    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"
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    You don't mention the name of the batting you're talking about (and I don't randomly click on links provided) so I don't know if this is a duplicate. Quilters Dream, makers of some of the very best batting currently available, in my opinion, also makes a batting from recycled plastic bottles. It's called Quilters Dream Green. I haven't used it yet, but I have a sample and it seems quite nice.
    http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/dream-green.htm

    As for your husband's efforts to stop the use of plastic in all it's shapes and forms, it ain't gonna happen so the best we can do is try to reuse what we can and be considerate in our disposal of the rest.
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    I'll pass on the recycled batting. I don't care much for recycled anything other then disposable consumables.
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    Well I am not sure about the Plastic issue, but I have used the Quilters Dream Green batting and love it. I have several friends who use it a lot also.

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    The BagIt documentary opened up my eyes about recycled plastic. Trying to minimize my use of all plastic as a result. What my husband is trying to point out is that plastic in batting is worse than plastic bottles in landfill because it can more easily get into the water and into animals and into us in way that is very unhealthy for all. The documentary does a very good job of illustrating and explaining the bigger picture of this.
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    I have this documentary saved on my DVR. It's been on there for about a month. I think I will take the time to view it this weekend. There is a purpose for plastic in our environment, just like there is a purpose for all the other pollutants. However, everyone needs to make an effort while on this earth to do whatever they can to save the environment. I'm not an extremist or an activist. I don't always throw that plastic bottle in the recycle bin because the regular trash is sooo much more convenient. Everyone just needs to do what is important to them.
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    I can comprehend the chances and subsequent dangers of asbestos fibers escaping into the environment, but not batting fibers. Sorry, not at all convinced.
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    I've now watched the first 12 minutes, and it looks like the whole film is about plastic bags -- not bottles. I agree completely about using your own bags instead of grabbing plastic grocery store ones when at all possible. But Dream Green batting is made from recycled bottle, and it is a wonderful product. It "sticks" to fabric as well as Warm and Natural batting. I like the idea of taking those plastic water bottles out of the equation. Let me know if I need to watch more of the movie, but already doing my part about bags.

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    Patti, you're right that the documentary initially focuses on plastic bags, but the same concerns apply to plastic bottles (or anything else plastic for that matter). Later in the film, he gets into the limits of recycling plastic which was really an eye opener for me.
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    I made a quilt from recycled shirts and used Dream Green recycled batting to complete the theme. The batting doesn't have much loft, but quilted well. The quilt has been washed several times and laundered well.
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    I'm not an activist either but the one thing I do know is my allergy doctor advised me NOT to use plastic of any kind if I could avoid it. He told me it "outgases" and drinking water or eating food stored in it can affect your immune system and cause allergy issues. I have extreme allergy issues and I have to wear only cotton fabric...talk about it being hard to find 100% cotton clothes!! I don't know what processes the batting goes thru but that might something you would want to research a little deeper. JMHO!! I do try to do my part in keeping our earth clean!!

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    Isn't fleece made of recycled bottles?
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    i love Dream Green for kids quilts- it holds up very well to lots of abuse & frequent laundering- is nice to work with- no fumes, no lint and is nice (in my mind) that a company is finding a use for plastic bottles- they need to be used for something-instead of just filling landfills- and the batting is alot like using fleece- except it is easier to stitch through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
    Isn't fleece made of recycled bottles?
    yes, some of it is- especially the nice, expensive wind proof fleeces- and arctic fleece- same materials, same process- another good use for plastic-
    plastic is not going to go away= i think it is great when new uses are found- fleece clothing and quilt batting is much less likely to wind up in a landfill somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    I'm not an activist either but the one thing I do know is my allergy doctor advised me NOT to use plastic of any kind if I could avoid it. He told me it "outgases" and drinking water or eating food stored in it can affect your immune system and cause allergy issues. I have extreme allergy issues and I have to wear only cotton fabric...talk about it being hard to find 100% cotton clothes!! I don't know what processes the batting goes thru but that might something you would want to research a little deeper. JMHO!! I do try to do my part in keeping our earth clean!!
    Plastic bags are much hazardous for us and can't be degrade in a natural way. The only way to get rid of them is recycling. Plastic can be recycled to make wind proof and waterproof fabric like raincoats, quilts, etc.

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    Reusing all those plastic bottles still seems like a good idea for the time being (until something better comes along). Dream Green is what I use a lot (when you don't need a higher loft). Fifty or 100 years from now they'll do something with our worn out quilts that hopefully will benefit the environment at that time.

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    Having always used cotton batting, or wool batting, I wonder about the batting made from recycled plastic. I especially wonder about the comfort of sleeping under it. Polyester batting isn't comfortable for me to sleep under...I sweat too much, the batting can't breathe. I wonder if it would be the same with the recycled plastic batting. I think I will keep using the cotton and wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patchsamkim View Post
    Having always used cotton batting, or wool batting, I wonder about the batting made from recycled plastic. I especially wonder about the comfort of sleeping under it. Polyester batting isn't comfortable for me to sleep under...I sweat too much, the batting can't breathe. I wonder if it would be the same with the recycled plastic batting. I think I will keep using the cotton and wool.
    It doesn't sound very comfortable does it? But actually it is very soft. I've used it and like it. My first choice is usually Warm and Natural.
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    I read what everyone has said about this batting; my only concern is that breathing in this with usage of a quilt may and I say MAY cause damage to your lungs. I am currently in treatment for a lung problem that the drs cannot say what has caused this problem. Was it the cotton spray used on our crops when I was a child and had to pick cotton by hand ? Was it the spray on the peanuts we used to plow up and shake the dirt off by hand and then stack them, peanuts and vines were shaken and then thrown up on a stack; was it the crop sprayers who came over and we went outside to wave at them???? No one knows. I also worked in a thread mill, breathed in knitting thread dust.

    Please consider your own and mostly YOUR CHILDREN's future health as you consider what to use in your home and especially in your bedding. It is not easy to have short breath, hard to walk more than 6 mins, hard to use my quilter and sew the tops. People look at you strangely when you used a handicapped parking place, you get out and look as if nothing is wrong with you......breathing is very important to me now.

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