Sustainability

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As an ethically conscious company, it is important to us that we supply our customers with as much information as we can regarding our product supply chain. We strive to strike a balance between maintaining our ethical and environmental integrity as a company, while offering an inspiring range of reasonably priced fabrics. By providing affordable fabrics and encouraging the #memade revolution, we are educating the world as to the time, skill and manpower that goes into creating a garment from scratch! As a company, we believe that this is the most important message we can communicate to the world, and hope by encouraging home sewing we will, in-turn, encourage more thoughtful purchasing habits in the future. All of the information we have available about our supply chain is included in this page, which is kept up to date.

Supply Chain Transparency

The stock we offer in stores and online is predominantly sourced as deadstock, meaning our fabrics are end-of-line, mill overruns, cancelled orders or designer excess. These fabrics are typically deemed a waste product in the fashion industry and would usually end up as landfill. Over the years we have formed close relationships with some of the best designer-end suppliers, both internationally and locally, in order to bring you a wonderfully unique range of high quality stock without the waste or ethical implications of constant mass-manufacture.

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Exclusive Linen

Our curated range of Exclusive Linens are milled and dyed especially for us. We work with a family-owned company based in China to produce this collection, whose operations include both their dye houses and mills. All parts of the business are overseen and managed by the family themselves and they do not outsource production to other companies or subsidiaries. We chose them to produce our exclusive linen range based on a existing, trusting relationship purchasing deadstock items, coupled with the fact that they are compliant with China REACH Regulations.

China REACH is a regulation developed by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, and is modelled closely on the EU REACH regulation. China REACH focuses on improving the health of workers and environmental effects by regulating the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacture. For more information on China REACH visit the following website: https://www.chemsafetypro.com/

Premium Merino

We are very proud to source our Premium 195gsm Merino from a long established New Zealand based company, with whom we have a long and trusting relationship. Sadly, over recent years the very last New Zealand-based mills have closed down, forcing our supplier to seek an offshore solution for the knitting of our Premium Merino products. Although we were sad to see this production moved offshore, we were careful to ensure the merino fabrics produced by our supplier’s new Vietnam-based mill have a MAPP guarantee. MAPP ensures environmental and economic sustainability, as well as animal welfare. The mill is also a Bluesign System Partner, which ensures elimination of harmful substances from the manufacture and dying process, and controls standards for environmentally friendly fabric production.

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The MAPP guarantee ensures environmental, economic sustainability & animal welfare. MAPP merino is produced in 'free range' farming systems which are animal and environmentally friendly, and produce superb quality merino. A strict no mulesing policy is followed, and the well-being of the sheep is a high priority. Strict guidelines are followed throughout the entire manufacturing process to ensure environmental responsibility and the use of sustainable processes.

The Bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product. For more information visit their website: https://www.bluesign.com/

Liberty of London Fabrics

Our Liberty fabrics are supplied direct to us from Liberty of London. Liberty fabrics are printed in Italy, and as of 2018 the company has signed up to BCI initiative which exists to improve the conditions of cotton workers, as well as the environment it grows in. Liberty of London are also members of Oeko-Tex, who conduct regular tests to ensure their fabrics are safe for the consumer, and free of harmful chemicals.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. The BCI and Innovation Fund is a global programme designed to support the Initiative in its goals of reaching five million farmers in key cotton-producing countries and have Better Cotton account for 30% of global cotton production. For more information visit their website: https://bettercotton.org/

The Oeko-Tex ‘STANDARD 100’ is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. Oeko-Tex tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. Oeko-Tex testing ensures that Liberty’s fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (to name a few), as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website: https://www.oeko-tex.com/

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Environmental Ethos

We are proud to say that all of our paper packaging and paper retail components are FSC certified! Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, independent, non-governmental, not for profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. Products carrying the FSC® label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

FSC certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices including the protection of wildlife habitats and high conservation value forests, annual forest management, worker safety and well-being, respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and communities, the safeguarding of waterways and the reduction of pesticide use.

Our paper packaging and carry bags are coloured with non-toxic vegetable based inks, which are less harmful to the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts! Vege inks release significantly fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere during the drying process, and also allow our printers to use water-based products to clean their printing press after production.

Placed a mail order with one of our stores or made a purchase online recently? Your order will have been delivered to you in one of our fabulous mailer bags, made from degradable, recyclable plastic under EPI certification number 3040608306. We encourage you to recycle and reuse these where possible!

We strive for responsible internal practices in all of our locations and our new Head Office and warehouse is at the forefront of this thinking with energy efficient lighting, heating and appliances as well as a worm farm, rainwater filtering system and solar panels. We practise diligent recycling within all our branches and everything from fabric and paper scraps to plastic shipping bags are separated out and re-used or recycled in some way. Our choices for all sundry items like cleaning products, sellotape and printing paper are all made with the environment in mind and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our choices.

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