what we're made of
"Waste equals food, whether it's food for the earth or for a closed industrial cycle."
William MacDonough, Cradle to Cradle
Our Materials Library tells you what's in it, not what's not in it.
We choose materials always with consideration for 'what happens next' and the ability to maintain their value for as long as possible.
why we chose it
where is it from
where we use it
Hemp fabric is a super fabric. The crop sequesters carbon, replenishes soil and needs no pesticides as it is so resilient to beautiful bugs and tiny creatures.
We love hemp because hemp loves us, the planet, the soil, the air.
And we chose it for all of those reasons. As well as it being luxurious and beautiful.
We have a big goal to be 'field to fabric'. This is exactly as it sounds and would give us complete control and transparency of our hemp fabric. We want to know our fields of industrial hemp, we want to process it and weave it.
Until then, we buy GOTS certified hemp fabric from The Hemp Shop in Bristol. We are also looking at other ethical suppliers in India and the Far East.
This detail will be provided on the unshop pages.
You will find hemp fabric being used in the Curam modular shower curtain and the Dion shower blind that we're developing.
Any leftover fabric we have is used to make our Poca Pouches.
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've 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. The pre-treatment contains, urea, soda ash, a wetting agent and an anti oxidising agent. The pre treatment recipe is a mix of these products which gives us the ultimate fixation in the steaming process. The pre-treatment is removed during the washing process with any un-fixed reactive dye. All waste water is treated in Magic Textiles' effluent plant before going to the local water treatment plant.
We are continually striving to improve our processes and reviewing our impact on the environment.
Ink Materials Data Sheets
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.