Top Natural Materials

When shopping for products that are made without chemicals or are manufactured in a way that is not damaging to the environment you may see words like: Natural, organic, Eco-friendly, green and environmentally conscious. What exactly are natural materials and why should we as consumers be concerned with them?

Any fiber or material that is derived from plants or animals and that is biodegradable is considered to be natural.  Here is a list of the most popular natural fibers:

  • Bamboo
  • Cotton
  • Wood
  • Jute
  • Hemp/ Jute/ Sisal
  • Wool


Bamboo  is an item with high tensile strength and flexibility. It is often used in some parts of Asia as scaffolding to support tall buildings where high winds and earth quakes are prevalent. In the past, bamboo has even been used to construct entire homes. It is long lasting, and durable, with an excellent natural sustainability quality.  In recent years viscose from bamboo has become more popular as a material that and can be found in bed linens, towels, and even clothing. It can be spun into smooth, durable yarns that produce long lasting, beautifully textured materials.


Some environmentally conscious consumers shop for organic cotton clothing, towels, bedding, and other household furnishings. Organic cotton bed linen is one of the most popular uses for organically grown cotton. As the popularity of living green increases, more Eco-friendly oriented consumers are realizing how comfortable it is to sleep on organic cotton sheets for year- round comfort. Organic cotton robes have long been used by spas for natural, plush comfort for their guests. Cotton is also used in batting for quilts, mattress pads, and pillows. When all natural 100% organic cotton is used, there is less chance of being exposed to toxins and harmful chemicals.


Wood fibers, while very durable and strong, are not as widely used as plant and animal fibers. But, wood fibers are one of the main sources of paper and house materials. Items such as plywood and fiber board are widely used in the construction of furniture and buildings.Wood fibers do not necessarily have to come from trees. Wood fibers can also be obtained from the stems and stalks of woody stemmed plants such as bamboo. Recycled paper can also be processed from wood fiber. This makes wood fiber a highly versatile source for material.


Hemp, jute, and sisal are most commonly used for rope and twine making. These plant based fibers are well known for their long lasting, high tensile durability.  These materials can also be made into cloth for such things as tarps, canvas, flooring, dartboards, and even mattresses.  These three materials are also often blended into industrial carpeting. Because of its durability, the blend of hemp/ jute/sisal helps carpet from being worn down quickly in high traffic areas. It also is also used for shower curtains because of its resistance to mildew and humidity, and drapery to create a natural and rustic feel throughout a home. There are also certain types of papers produced from these three products and the fibers have been manufactured into certain types of building materials. Some Eco-friendly clothing manufacturers have even begun making shirts and pants from these three plant based materials.


Wool is found in carpets, clothing, boots, sweaters, blankets, and even seat covers. Wool resists staining and also is a natural moisture repellant. Because of its low retention of static electricity, wool is often the main fiber used for carpets in high safety environments such as trains and aircraft. Wool blended garments are generally standard issue for military personnel, fire fighters, and others who work in an environment where there be an exposure to fire.

Sheep’s wool has been used for many years as clothing, boots, and blankets. But due to many people trying to become more environmentally aware, many green homes and commercial buildings have begun using it for insulation. The woolen fibers are spun into a thick felt like material and formed into rolls, much like traditional insulation, and placed between the joists of a home or office. The manufacture of wool insulation uses far less carbon dioxide than the making of traditional fiber glass insulation. One unique feature of sheep’s wool insulation is that it absorbs moisture without losing its insulation properties.

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This means that when it absorbs moisture it gives off heat and when it releases moisture, it cools the surrounding area. It is a NATURAL choice for insulation not only because it is Eco-friendly, but in time will pay for itself in the reduction of heating and cooling bills.

Natural Materials

Natural materials may be initially expensive, but because of their long lasting durability, they save money in the long run since they do not have to be replaced as often. The use of natural materials reduces the environmental impact by lessening the use of chemicals that our bodies are exposed to.

Organic Materials

An even better way to be Eco-friendly is to use organic, natural materials. By building and insulating our homes and businesses with natural materials, we are being Eco-friendly and creating a sustainable environment that preserves the planet for future generations.  The more organic clothing, bedding, and household goods  consumers utilize,  their exposure to hazardous chemicals and need for new materials is reduced.  By shopping green, building green and living green-we all benefit.

Are Naturals recognizes the necessity of being environmentally responsible in the way we shop and the products we purchase for our homes and businesses.  By using natural materials for our clothing, bedding, furniture, and even insulating our homes, we  lessen our impact on the environment, not only today, but for future generations.

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Popular House Warming Gifts

Whether it’s a gift for the newlyweds’ first home, a college student’s first apartment, or someone moving into their first home or their tenth home, Are Naturals makes it easy to find a green house warming gift. We have everything from kitchen accessories to bed and bath linens, and Eco-friendly decorative items to brighten any room in the home.

Here at Are Naturals we have been providing our valued customers with the finest selections of Eco-friendly home products and gifts since 2006.

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House Warming Gifts for the Kitchen

Are Naturals has products for the kitchen made from 100% recycled glass, natural fiber materials, lead-free pewter, zinc and cast iron. From measuring spoons to paper towel holders, and decorative wall hooks to dishware, we have something for any style kitchen. For storage of dried foods, pasta, and similar items, a recycled glass container is a perfect solution. A bottle/ glass dryer is both a decorative and functional kitchen accessory. A creatively sculptured paper towel holder is sure to become a conversation piece. Natural finish wooden cooking utensils, mixing bowls, jam pots, and butter dishes are welcome house warming gifts for any new home owner.

Entertaining & Dining House Warming Gifts

Serving a favorite vintage wine has never been easier than with a recycled glass wine decanter. Beautiful and functional, stoneware items are always popular house warming gifts. Are Naturals has three design lines of durable, hand-crafted, high-quality stoneware that are dishwasher and microwave safe. Our durable stoneware will make a beautiful addition to any table or kitchen. Uniquely crafted recycled glass dishes and beverage sets will add elegance to any dining setting.

Outdoor & Garden House Warming Gift Ideas

Finding outdoor gift ideas for the home is easy with Are Naturals’ collection of recycled glass bird feeders, decorative wall hangings, wind chimes, and sturdy wooden bowls and platters for al fresco dining. Outdoor dining can be transformed into a party with our glass drink dispenser to serve refreshing beverages to guests.

Home Decor

Beauty and purpose are combined with Are Naturals recycled glass candle sticks and uniquely crafted cast iron or recycled metal candle holders. Whimsical decorative figures, throw pillows, and functional wall hooks and recycled glass bottles add a touch of charm wherever they are placed in the new home. A recycled glass lamp is sure to brighten any corner or favorite sitting spot.

House Warming Gifts for the Bedroom

While it is important to have a beautifully furnished kitchen or living room, the bedroom should also considered when it comes to house warming gift ideas. Sheets, duvets, and blankets all make excellent housewarming gifts. Are Naturals carries an assortment of Eco-friendly bedding and bedding accessories, perfect for any size and style of bed, as well as bedroom décor.

Nothing is more comforting than a soft, cozy blanket. Made from all-natural materials such as organic cotton, ultra-soft bamboo, and natural wool, our blankets are an excellent addition to any bedroom.

Housewarming Gifts for the Bathroom

Comfort in the bath is also an equally important part of the home. Anyone would love plush, absorbent towels, wash cloths, and bath mats. Are Naturals has an excellent collection of bath towels, bath sheets, wash cloths, bath mats, and shower curtains made from all-natural, organic materials that are not only Eco-friendly, but also easy to care for.

Are Naturals carries beautifully designed bath towels and bath accessories, including recycled glass soap dishes and refillable soap dispensers that will make lovely additions to any new bathroom. We also offer organic and natural bath products individually sold, or in a beautifully packaged gift set.

Green Gift Cards

Can’t decide what to give the new home owner? How about one of our Eco-friendly gift cards? These biodegradable cards arrive in an earth-friendly envelope and can be personalized with your well wishes. Are Naturals also offers gift baskets in a variety of combinations that make excellent house warming gifts.

Housewarming Gifts at Are Naturals

No matter what you have in mind for a green house warming gift, Are Naturals’ gift guide can help you choose the perfect gift for anyone. At Are Naturals, we believe in making our customers’ gift shopping experience as pleasant as possible. Since we offer only premium green, Eco-friendly products, we have something for anyone and any home.