In July 2019 we made a commitment to buy, where possible*, organic and recycled cotton. All our 100% cotton yarns are GOTS certified and sourced mainly from the Indian Subcontinent. We were the first cotton weaving mill in the UK to receive Organic Certification from the Soil Association for our production facility. Certified organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment, with systems in place to replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Using only certified organic cotton uses up to 91% less water than conventionally produced cotton and according to the Soil Association switching to organic cotton can save up to 3 ½ years’ worth of drinking water for the production of one t-shirt. It also allows us to ensure that working conditions are safe and workers’ rights are protected when sourcing these materials. The audits carried out by the Soil Association and GOTS are very precise, and as a business, we feel that this delivers us the peace of mind to guide our sourcing.
*International supply may affect our ability to buy these yarns.
All our linen is sourced from northern Europe, specifically France, Belgium and The Netherlands. These are ideal geographical zones due to their high rainfall and rich soil, which uniquely suit the flax plant (the plant which produces the fibres that are spun into linen), resulting in the highest quality flax and linen. The farming of flax produces no waste at all. All parts of the flax plant are used: the long and short fibres and seeds are made into textiles, paper, varnish, oil, animal fodder and bio-materials. After the plants have been harvested, the root remnants fertilise and clean the soil, thereby improving soil productivity for 6 to 7 years. Growing flax requires no irrigation, fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides, and therefore, does not pollute rivers or groundwater.
Viscose is used in some of our fabrics, specifically those that are multipurpose for upholstery and drapes. This is a cellulose fibre, like cotton or linen, made from wood pulp from sustainable forests. We only work with viscose suppliers that operate on a closed-loop system, meaning that any chemicals used in the extrusion and regeneration process are recycled and reused in the manufacturing process.
We also use wool in our fabrics and home accessories. The majority of this is sourced from South America. We work with suppliers that source from farms that do not employ the ‘mulesing’ technique – a controversial practice performed on sheep to prevent parasitic infection.
recycled cotton & wool
We also work with recycled cotton and wool; these are fibres that are otherwise waste from the production of fine cottons, recycled from pre and post-consumer waste. All our recycled cotton and wool throws are made from recycled yarns taken from waste created during the spinning process and from old t-shirts and jumpers. These are sourced from a textiles company in Italy that sort unwanted clothing into colours and then wash, shred and spin them into threads to produce fine fabrics. Recycling and reusing otherwise scrap materials means that no dyes are used within this process as well as a reduction in clothing waste being sent to landfill.