Sustainability

Sustainability

For us it is essential that people and the planet are a priority to any business. This is something which should apply to all aspects of a business from suppliers to profit. Before creating a product we aim to challenge ourselves on all aspects of sustainability. As well as this, we also endeavour to keep learning more.
For us it is essential that people and the planet are a priority to any business. This is something which should apply to all aspects of a business from suppliers to profit. Before creating a product we aim to challenge ourselves on all aspects of sustainability. As well as this, we also endeavour to keep learning more.

Fabrics

We have three main sources for our fabrics. Used clothing, donated fabric and fabric from charity shops.
We only use clothing to make new items which is no longer wearable and which we cannot sell through our clothing store. Worn out clothing can often still have large areas of good fabric and fixings like buttons which we take apart to reuse.
Sometimes people will donate fabric to us. This could be fabric they have used, scraps leftover from a project or from a discontinued hobby. This means we can make use of something which may have been sitting in a cupboard for years.
We also browse places like charity shops and second hand shops which are often a great place to find all sorts of fabric and sewing accessories. The great thing about this is before our product is even made, its already plaid a part in some fundraising.
As well as these, we also have huge stores of fabric in our own collections from years of sewing projects, collecting and saving which we have donated to Esperanza.

Cotton and threads

From our own personal stores we have a large amount of thread. This has been shared with Esperanza. A lot of this store has been passed down through our families. Any new threads we need are either sourced from second hand shops, charity shops, or sustainable suppliers who made thread from recycled materials such as plastic.

Findings and Fastenings

We can often find fastenings from taking apart retired clothing. However, sometimes, particularly for alteration type jobs we may need to source something new. In this case we will endeavour to shop with small and local sewing businesses. Luckily however, this is rare.

Tree planting

It is important to us to find more ways to make our business sustainable, and one concern of ours is the carbon we use when shipping orders as well as the daily running of our business. From January 2022 we will plant a tree for every art print or gift bag purchased using more:trees. We hope this is the start of an even greener 2022.

Upcycling

Most items we produce are made from recycled or up cycled items. Our gift bags are made from used or second hand fabrics, printing on recycled paper, and gift tags made from used greetings cards.

hands are running a piece of fabric through a sewing machine. The image is dark with the machine light in the centre illuminating the hands and sewing.
Tree planting

It is important to us to find more ways to make our business sustainable, and one concern of ours is the carbon we use when shipping orders as well as the daily running of our business. From January 2022 we will plant a tree for every art print or gift bag purchased using more:trees. We hope this is the start of an even greener 2022.

Fabrics

We have three main sources for our fabrics. Used clothing, donated fabric and fabric from charity shops.
We only use clothing to make new items which is no longer wearable and which we cannot sell through our clothing store. Worn out clothing can often still have large areas of good fabric and fixings like buttons which we take apart to reuse.
Sometimes people will donate fabric to us. This could be fabric they have used, scraps leftover from a project or from a discontinued hobby. This means we can make use of something which may have been sitting in a cupboard for years.
We also browse places like charity shops and second hand shops which are often a great place to find all sorts of fabric and sewing accessories. The great thing about this is before our product is even made, its already plaid a part in some fundraising.
As well as these, we also have huge stores of fabric in our own collections from years of sewing projects, collecting and saving which we have donated to Esperanza.

hands are running a piece of fabric through a sewing machine. The image is dark with the machine light in the centre illuminating the hands and sewing.
Cotton and threads

From our own personal stores we have a large amount of thread. This has been shared with Esperanza. A lot of this store has been passed down through our families. Any new threads we need are either sourced from second hand shops, charity shops, or sustainable suppliers who made thread from recycled materials such as plastic.

Findings and Fastenings

We can often find fastenings from taking apart retired clothing. However, sometimes, particularly for alteration type jobs we may need to source something new. In this case we will endeavour to shop with small and local sewing businesses. Luckily however, this is rare.

Upcycling

Most items we produce are made from recycled or up cycled items. Our gift bags are made from used or second hand fabrics, printing on recycled paper, and gift tags made from used greetings cards.

Use of plastics

No plastic we use other than in essential situations as above is purchased new. Any beads for embellishment and decoration are leftovers, second hand or donations. Any plastic we do purchase, such as for fastenings mentioned above, will never be single use. We believe in reusing and weighing up the best options in every situation which means that we will reuse plastic to continue its lifespan. We will also reuse plastic packaging when we receive it, which means your order may arrive in plastic but it will not be new. We hope in these situations, you can also reuse again.

Use of plastics

No plastic we use other than in essential situations as above is purchased new. Any beads for embellishment and decoration are leftovers, second hand or donations. Any plastic we do purchase, such as for fastenings mentioned above, will never be single use. We believe in reusing and weighing up the best options in every situation which means that we will reuse plastic to continue its lifespan. We will also reuse plastic packaging when we receive it, which means your order may arrive in plastic but it will not be new. We hope in these situations, you can also reuse again.

Packaging

For packaging we try to use either sustainably sourced paper based wrap or reused packaging. We source any extra packaging and tape needed from a plastic free UK supplier who pays the living wage.

Pricing

We aim to keep our pricing fair whilst balancing the need to price for the amount of time handmade items cost. We also must factor in things like energy used to create them. For items like our gift tags which include a large charity donation, we ask you to understand that once that donation is removed, we have often made the items with very little profit and ask you to consider this.

Packaging

For packaging we try to use either sustainably sourced paper based wrap or reused packaging. We source any extra packaging and tape needed from a plastic free UK supplier who pays the living wage.

Pricing

We aim to keep our pricing fair whilst balancing the need to price for the amount of time handmade items cost. We also must factor in things like energy used to create them. For items like our gift tags which include a large charity donation, we ask you to understand that once that donation is removed, we have often made the items with very little profit and ask you to consider this.

Waste

As most items we use are recycled or recyclable, we generate very little waste for landfill. For any of our waste however, recyclable or not, we are always trying to find ways to reuse further. We are always interested to hear of any recycling projects who may benefit from our waste.

Energy

At the moment we run our business from our home meaning things like energy usage are somewhat combined. However, our energy supplier uses 100% renewable energy. As well as this, we try to keep as many sustainable practices as we can within our home and office space.

Staffing and pay

We currently do not employ any staff. If this opportunity does arrive, we will pay at minimum a living wage.

Waste

As most items we use are recycled or recyclable, we generate very little waste for landfill. For any of our waste however, recyclable or not, we are always trying to find ways to reuse further. We are always interested to hear of any recycling projects who may benefit from our waste.

Energy

At the moment we run our business from our home meaning things like energy usage are somewhat combined. However, our energy supplier uses 100% renewable energy. As well as this, we try to keep as many sustainable practices as we can within our home and office space.

Charity

Through our second hand clothing store, we donate 20% of the profit to charity. We select a charity every 3 months to donate these funds to. We source these clothes through our own wardrobes, donations and sometimes second hand shops.
Through our Esperanza Gift Tag Project we donate £1.50 per set sold to charity (split equally between 4 Dorset charities). You can find out more about those charities and projects here.

Staffing and pay

We currently do not employ any staff. If this opportunity does arrive, we will pay at minimum a living wage.

Charity

Through our second hand clothing store, we donate 20% of the profit to charity. We select a charity every 3 months to donate these funds to. We source these clothes through our own wardrobes, donations and sometimes second hand shops.
Through our Esperanza Gift Tag Project we donate £1.50 per set sold to charity (split equally between 4 Dorset charities). You can find out more about those charities and projects here.

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