Rubie Green Fabrics are Gems to Behold


Rubie Green’s Marilyn fabric

If you follow Green Talk regularly, then you must know that I love fabric. Who else would take the time to research and write two different articles including 20 plus organic fabric companies? (See “Eco-Friendly Fabric are Gorgeous and Green” and “Eco-Friendly Fabrics are no Longer Shrinking Violets.)

So, add my newest find, Rubie Green, to my ever growing green fabric list. Michele Adams’ designs are fresh, fun, and colorful. I would not expect less from a designer who describes herself as “the only ten-year-old who asked for curtains for her birthday and rearranged her room for fun.”

The fabrics are upholstery weight, made out of certified organic cotton which is whitened without bleach, and printed with water based, nontoxic inks in the United States. What I found to be particularly interesting is the Company states that it uses a printing process that minimizes water consumption. According to the Company, its factory uses only one gallon of water per day. In addition, fabrics are printed on demand to avoid fabric waste and use heat and pressure to avoid chemicals.

At this moment there are nine unique fabric choices on the website. Each fabric design has a name and a described personality. Just to give you an example of the personalities of the fabrics, there is the Patsy, who is a modern day classic and “is loyal and hard-working, and could never deny [a] piece of chocolate” and the Marilyn, who is Rubie’s grandma and “pride glows most immeasurably in the presence of her three grown boys.”


One of the fabric choices that I love is the Megan pattern which is a black and white pineapple print. Nothing says welcome to my home as much as the traditional pineapple symbol. This pattern is described as follows:

“She believes in pairing stilettos with cowboy hats, wine with hot dogs, and acrylic nails with the engine of a ’67 Mustang. Megan is unique and edgy while being feminine and playful; she’ll wear her Prom Queen title but never her boyfriends’ varsity jacket. Her will is strong and her wit sky-high; she is the girl who leads the pack, the girl who stands apart.”

I can understand why I like this fabric choice. Megan and I are twins, stilettos and all … well, maybe the part of the sky high wit…

The retail price for the fabrics is $90 a yard. All domestic orders can be purchased on the website. International order can be made by contacting the company. For Australian orders, you can contact the distributors listed on the website.

chairloom's chair

I am not the only one to fall in love with Rubie Green’s fabrics. Check out Molly Worth’s company, Chairloom, who used the Megan fabric to repurpose a classic chair. This chair is one of many classic furniture pieces featured in her catalogue that Molly has given a second life. (I have a particular fondness for individuals who give furniture a second chance utilizing my furniture 3 Rs: reuse, re-define, and re-upholster.)

So, want to breath new life into one of your rooms or update a beloved furniture piece? Be sure to visit Rubie Green, making being fashionably green easier.

Photos courtesy of Rubie Green and Chairloom.

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    I’m all for alternative, eco-friendly whatever, but I have yet to read the energy consumption of the eco friendly product as compared to the traditional method. Wonder why.

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    Wow!! Thank you SO MUCH for such a thoughtful and kind write-up of my company! I feel incredibly lucky to have your support and am smiling ear-to-ear- especially about the Megan comment! Megan is my little sister, and she actually drew that pineapple for me. So proud! Anyway, thanks again :)

    Xo Michelle.

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    Green Talk says

    Mo, I think in some cases the energy consumption is the same but the process has less harmful chemicals used such as in the case creating eco-friendly fabrics. I will keep your question in mind when I interview companies to find out. It is an interesting point that you made. Anna

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