open source patterns
Making things last. It's the essence of living a more sustainable life. As well as being an integral element of a circular world. And that all starts with how what we use is designed. Many products are not made to last and go to landfill. But we want to do our bit to help.
modular shower curtain pattern
Why are we sharing?
For the handy ones
Call out to the repair community
On average, shower curtains are used for 6-12 months before they are sent to landfill. They are much wider than their shower screen counterparts and we think the amount of fabric used, aside from largely being plastic, is wasteful and ill considered. Plainly - there is no design thinking in any shower curtain on the market. They will all go mouldy eventuality - even those made from sustainable fabrics because of the lack of problem solving to eradicate mould.
When we started to speak to people about their shower curtains we were regaled with tales of mouldy bottoms, cutting the mouldy fabric off until no more could be removed, and general frustration around what to do with wasteful shower curtains.
So we realised we could offer a solution by sharing our pattern that you can use to update your current shower curtain.
If you can't do it yourself, you can take it to someone to do it for you. Or why not find a local Repair Cafe near you and take it along.
If you would like to upcycle your shower curtain to a fancy new modular shower curtain, just download the pattern by clicking on the image above.
The pattern has everything you need including different suggestions for the fastening you might like to use, and ideas to make it easy to do without a sewing machine.
As our modular shower curtain calls for less fabric, you might find you have a lot of fabric left over. We've given you some ideas on how to repurpose this too, including bath time head pillows or bath meditation cushions.
Got any questions? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a message and we'll get back to you soon.
We'd like to encourage local repairers and Repair Cafe's to share our pattern and help reduce the number of shower curtains going to landfill.
We're working on this. We haven't chose a supplier yet. As soon as we do, we'll share the details here.
We are aiming to source a supply of recycled metals from unwanted roller blinds and metal bathroom storage products that would otherwise go to landfill. This is a work in progress and we'll update when we reach this stage of production.
inks and printing process
We are working with the Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art to print the designs onto our hemp fabric. We have chosen to use a reactive printing process which gives a better finish and uses less water. This requires a pre-treatment which is carried out by Magic Textiles.
We will update this section with Materials Data Sheets and more.
The cotton thread is Tre Cerchi from MacCulloch and Wallis in London.
The labels are made from satin supplied in small batches by Contrado.
The zips we use for the Curam shower curtains are extra long, cotton made by YKK and purchased from Calico Lane. We will work to improve on our zip supplier and fabric.
The eyelets used in the Curam shower curtain are made from solid brass with a nickel finish sourced from Merrick and Day. Brass is highly recyclable but we are aware that we need to look at better options.
The cord used in our Poca Pouches is organic cotton from The Dorset Haberdashery.