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.

Discover the Brand Values at our core.

Fabrics

We have three main sources for our fabrics. Used clothing, donated fabric and fabric from charity shops.

When selecting clothing to make new items, we ensure it is no longer wearable. Worn out clothing can often still have large areas of good fabric and fixings like buttons.

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 welcome donations, so send us an email if you’d like to contribute!

Alternatively, we love to browse places like charity shops and second-hand shops. They are a treasure trove for all sorts of fabric and sewing accessories. The great thing about this is before our product is even made, its already played 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 or charity shops. Or, if we need to buy new, we’ll use sustainable suppliers who’ve made threads 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. 

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 upcycled items. Our gift bags are made from used or second hand fabrics. Printing is on recycled paper, and gift tags are 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.

Use of plastics

No plastic we use, other than in essential situations, as mentioned above is purchased new. Any beads for embellishment and decoration are leftovers, second hand or donations. We will also reuse plastic packaging when we receive it. This 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

Our aim is to keep pricing fair whilst balancing the cost of time handmade items require. We also must factor in things like energy used to create them. The profit we make on our gift tags is low. This is due to the large charity donation attached and we ask you to understand 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

Currently, 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 maintain as many sustainable practices as possible 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.

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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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.

Discover the Brand Values at our core.

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.

When selecting clothing to make new items, we ensure it is no longer wearable. Worn out clothing can often still have large areas of good fabric and fixings like buttons.

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 welcome donations, so send us an email if you’d like to contribute!

Alternatively, we love to browse places like charity shops and second-hand shops. They are a treasure trove for all sorts of fabric and sewing accessories. The great thing about this is before our product is even made, its already played 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 or charity shops. Or, if we need to buy new, we’ll use sustainable suppliers who’ve made threads 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. 

Upcycling

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

Use of plastics

No plastic we use, other than in essential situations, as mentioned above is purchased new. Any beads for embellishment and decoration are leftovers, second hand or donations. We will also reuse plastic packaging when we receive it. This 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

Our aim is to keep pricing fair whilst balancing the cost of time handmade items require. We also must factor in things like energy used to create them. The profit we make on our gift tags is low. This is due to the large charity donation attached and we ask you to understand 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

Currently, 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 maintain as many sustainable practices as possible 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.

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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