Tag - sustainable

Living Ink: Biomaterials Company

Living Ink is a biomaterials company transforming algae into eco-friendly ink. Every year more than 4 billion kg of ink is produced around the world. Most of this ink is made using petroleum products that are toxic. Living Ink uses algae as an alternative to make ink that is renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic. The company has commercial ink formulations for printing on cardboard and paper packaging. Our interview with Living Ink is featured in the Winter Issue 2017, The Yarn [...]

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Casa del Duende: Upcycling vintage fabrics

The Casa del Duende was set up in October 2013 by director and designer, Justine Dalton. It is dedicated to producing unique accessories and homeware which are both stylish and affordable. The main mission statement of the Casa is to use recycled vintage fabrics to produce individual items aimed at environmentally aware clients who really care about the provenance of their clothing. Each item is designed and handmade at Justine’s London studio. Handmade Kimono Slippers These amazing and beautiful slippers are [...]

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Nervous Wardrobe: alternative, minimalist, handmade linen designs

Nervous Wardrobe is a bespoke clothing line, tailored to fit every women. Tailoring to predetermined measurements is out of their values. Why? Because they recognise that women are all different, ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. As the organisation states, their creative process includes every customer as a co-traveller in their handmade world. Every stitch is only made by two hands and using exclusively natural fabrics -mainly linen, silk, wool and cotton-. Autumn colours are Nervous Wardrobe’s favourites, so [...]

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Erica Vaccari: An entrepreneur within the world of plants

Erica Vaccari is the creator of Travel Floral, a boutique travel agency specializing in the creation of trips for small groups interested in discovering gardens  and natural areas of great beauty. The trips mainly take place in England, though every year Erica proposes a new European destination. Her interest in the combination of tourism and gardens is complemented by another passion: flowers. Besides running Travel Floral, Erica also initiated Women of Flowers, which offers workshops on sustainable floral arrangements. These [...]

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What Daisy Did: Timeless and committed bags

With 6 years of experience in the field of sustainability, Daisy and Ozric, are strong advocates of slow fashion. Their battle against reckless consumerism in the fashion industry is translated and visible through What Daisy Did, a bags brand whose products are beautiful, functional, affordable but which, at the same time, tackle waste from every angle. What Daisy Did uses natural and waste materials to create bags in what they call “timeless styles” that will outlive the micro trends and [...]

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Diana Biscaioli: Finding our own child through textile art

She is an art therapist living and working in the province of Viterbo, Italy. A hand-crafter who knows and enjoys what her geography offers: forests, hills, rocks and her beloved animals, particularly goats. While studying, Diana came across felt and learned needle felting, and since then, she never separated from this technique, which is now what she teaches and her everyday work. She calls herself a textile artist, a creative spirit specialised in a technique that allows her to produce [...]

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Theresa Brown: “Eco printing it’s not a word you will find in the dictionary”

Theresa gives life to the ancient art of silk painting when she puts her brush to the silk or when she decides to explore the many methods of adding colour and design to natural fibers. She has her own definition of eco printing, and hers implies bringing mother nature’s actual colours and designs to her palette through an eco-conscious process. Theresa is based in North Carolina, and from her studio and mini-farm, she regularly creates her beautiful art while also [...]

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Sat-su-ma: From beautiful plant dyes to outstanding garments

Sat-su-ma’s motion is not to objectivize the garment, but rather to turn dressing into an immediate experience. Based in Seferihisar, İzmir, Turkey, sat-su-ma products are 100% cotton, handmade and dyed with plant dyes using traditional recipes. Through the process of dyeing, no toxic chemical compounds are exploited while only local groundwater is used. Unique garments for women, with a twist on colours and garments. Highly recommended! Have a look at some of their lovely products: LUSH What an amazing dress! A creative design [...]

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Happytasja: new bags from wasted clothes

Natasja Fakkeldij was born in the Netherlands but she currently lives, works and cycles in beautiful Ireland. She grew up in a small village called Nisse where she had a neighbour who was a tailor, and who – without knowing – inspired Natasja and impulsed her love for textiles. But Natasja’s passion for textile is not just related to craftsmanship but to recycling. From a jacket’s pocket, a piece of a skirt, a print of a t-shirt, an old woollen [...]

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The Wild Dyery: Eco-conscious and mystical natural dyes

Prior to the Industrial Revolution all clothes were coloured using only plant dyes; but in the last 150 years all this dye-craft heritage has been lost in favour of synthetic and polluting textile production methods. Worried about this situation and committed to a renaissance of pre-industrial processes is how The Wild Dyery was born, an enterprise specialising in natural colour and dye fabric using only sustainable, environmentally friendly plant dyes. According to Justine Aldersey-Williams, the initiator of The Wild Dyery, [...]

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