Zero Waste Sewing


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Our Environmental Policy

Aiming Towards Zero Waste Sewing

We believe that enjoying sewing, quilting, embroidery or crafting shouldn’t be at the expense of the environment. We have decided to try to improve our environmental impact in 3 different ways:

Postal Packaging

We have switched over all of our UK packaging to paper, cardboard and paper tape alternatives. Once the last of our bubble package international packaging has been used up, this will be swapped over to a recyclable/biodegradable alternative. If you would prefer us to send your international parcel in biodegradable before this time, then please just pop it as a comment on your order.

 

Products and Packaging

We try to deliberately choose bulk buy haberdashery items such as prewound bobbins, self cover buttons, KAM snaps etc that can be divided up into paper bags instead of coming pre-packaged in lots of single-use plastic. We seal those bags to keep things secure with paper tape. For those items that we package ourselves such as many of our sewing machine feet, we have chosen a recyclable/biodegradable cardboard and paper string option. As a shop it is difficult to make all products in stock zero waste while maintaining the same quality levels of products in stock. However, if there are comparable items with less waste then we are happy to consider switching.

We also try supporting those who like to make reusable items by stocking fabrics such as PUL which is a very useful fabric for projects such as cloth nappies and cloth sanitary products amongst others. We also have lots of sewing tutorials available with ideas for reducing waste with reusable items such as reusable kitchen paper, reusable shopping bags, bowl covers, snack pouches and face wipes.

Recycling Fabric Scraps

We rarely have any fabric waste from the shop itself as we ensure that all bolt ends left at the end are of a saleable length. In the store, we are happy to cut any length of fabric or ribbon but this is more difficult to do online as postage costs need to be calculated into the product costs. We would rather provide free delivery on everything with several set lengths than overcharge on delivery when only a couple of small things are ordered – we just hope that you will pick some scrap busting projects to use up any leftovers!

With our own sewing, we have 2 main options for how we recycle our fabric scraps. We have a community sewing area for anyone to be able to bring in their fabric scraps or to take fabric scraps with them. This saves them gathering dust in a pile of things that will never get used when someone else might have otherwise been buying fabric to cut up small for appliques, hexies, dolls clothes, rag rugs, crazy quilting, learning to sew practising techniques etc. etc. We believe that sharing really does result in less waste as we have seen lots of fabric swapping homes and becoming beautiful projects. We have also donated unwanted cardboard and fabric to local schools and libraries for crafting.

The other way we use our fabric scraps is to recycle them into things we hope other people will love in the shop – like fabric buttons and mixed media art.


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