The Zero Waste Initiative

In 2019 we developed our Zero Waste initiative to find useful and creative ways to tackle our waste.

A new conscious collection

This collection takes surplus yarns left over from the sampling process or unused in previous collections and turns them into stunning fabrics with sustainability at their heart. It is not an easy task when there are such small amounts of some of the yarns but a challenge that our designers accepted with determination. Of course, by nature, these are small, limited edition runs, and though the fabrics won’t be available forever, their classic design style means they will endure the ever-changing tides of trend as well as the onslaught of a busy household.

Our Zero Waste collection is beautifully considered both in terms of pattern and texture and is woven with the usual attention to detail and craftsmanship you’d expect from any Ian Mankin fabric. 

You will see some of the traditional Ian Mankin stripes within this collection but in new colourways with a bold coloured ground rather than our traditional ecru and textured plains that are anything but plain.

Normally the creative process starts with research, then a design and finally yarns are ordered to fulfil the brief.  In this instance, the yarn quantity is the brief, tricky when you have a few kilos of the brightest bubble gum pink… not your usual Ian Mankin colour!  It may be reverse engineering the creative process but the beauty of these fabrics is undeniable.

We’ve really enjoyed pulling this range together, not only are we helping the business do its bit for the environment, but it has given us a great platform to exercise our creative muscles.

Kirsty Harper, Designer at Ian Mankin

Selvedge Repurposing 

We reuse our waste selvedge as an eco-friendly filling for all our doorstops and draught excluders. Any additional selvedge that is left over from the weaving process is available to local designers and makers.

Fabric Remnant Bundles

We offer assorted fabric remnant bundles ideal for patchwork, quilting and craft projects to our online customers, including offcuts, roll ends and fabrics with minor faults. These bundles allow us to reduce our waste by reusing and re-homing our leftover fabrics.




Charitable Donations

We are delighted to support Fine Cell Work, Returned to Glory, and Step by Step, UK charities that craft beautiful handmade cushions, accessories and gifts by donating fabric to them for their projects. We also donate discontinued pattern books and fabric remnants to local schools and colleges to boost their art department resources.


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