Sustainability Review

It has taken me over a year to compile this sustainability review of both my product and my suppliers. I have provided this information because it is important to me that I am as transparent as possible with my customers. I have researched to the best of my ability and am still awaiting some information from suppliers. If you have any questions or suggestions about what you see here, please always feel free to get in touch.

Here follows a list of all the items that you may find in your parcel when you receive an order from me, including details on the source of the item, how it was made, how it can be recycled and if it is vegan or not.

Paper Mail Bag

Made from: strong kraft paper, sourced in the UK/EU.

Manufactured… in the UK by a family company striving for a low carbon footprint.

How to recycle? These bags are strong enough to be re-used, or can simply be put in your paper recycling at home.

Vegan? Yes, to the best of my knowledge.

Excess or waste product: Any mail bags that I was unable to use to send out orders (for example, if they were damaged) would be used as scrap paper in my studio (mainly for to-do lists!) or simply recycled.

 

Tissue Paper

Made from: FSC certified, acid free paper and soy-based inks.

Manufactured… and printed in Hong Kong and the USA.

How to recycle? Remove any plastic sellotape from the paper (sellotape cannot be recycled) and then put just the paper in your recycling at home.

Vegan? Yes.

Excess or waste product: Any scraps of tissue paper are pinned to my notice board because I love it so much! If not, they would be recycled.

 

Sellotape

I mistakenly purchased some “recycled” tape recently, thinking it would be recyclable. Unfortunately not! So when I’ve used up my last few rolls of recycled tape, I will buy paper tape that can be recycled.

Made from: 100% recycled plastics.

Manufactured… in Germany.

How to recycle? Unfortunately, sellotape cannot be recycled. You should always remove tape from paper and packaging when recycling.

Vegan? Yes, to the best of my knowledge.

Excess or waste product: I have very little waste tape, but any that I do have has to be disposed of as it is not recyclable.

 

Paper Invoice

Made from: FSC certified paper.

Manufactured… in Portugal by a company who have significantly reduced their energy and water use and continue to do so.

How to recycle? Simply put it in your paper recycling at home.

Vegan? The paper is vegan, but as some inks use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether my printer ink is vegan.

Excess or waste product: In my home studio I re-use scrap paper for doodles, to do lists and “IMPORTANT! DON’T FORGET THIS” notes to myself. Once it has been re-used, I then recycle the paper.

 

Flyer

Made from: 95% of the paper used in production is FSC certified.

Printed… in the UK.

How to recycle? Simply put in your paper recycling at home.

Vegan? As some inks use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether the flyers that I use are vegan.

Excess or waste product: Any excess or scrap flyers that I have are recycled.

 

Swing Tags

Made from: Printed on sustainably sourced, chlorine free (ECF) paper.

Printed… in the UK.

How to recycle? Simply put in your paper recycling at home.

Vegan? As some inks use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether the swing tags that I use are vegan.

Excess or waste product: Any excess or scrap swing tags that I have are recycled.

 

Swing Tag String

Made from: recycled 100% cotton thread (leftovers from embroidery).

How to recycle? Cotton thread can be composted.

Vegan? As some colour dyes use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether the thread that I use is vegan.

Excess or waste product: Any scrap threads are re-used in embroidery or as swing tag strings. Any smaller scrap bits that cannot be re-used are added to my colourful ‘ort jars’.

 

Ribbon Label

Made from: 100% polyester.

Printed… in Canada by Bedros and his friends (I love my ribbon supplier!), using an OEKO-TEX® Standard process.

How to recycle? See below, as part of t-shirt / sweatshirt recycling.

Vegan? As some inks use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether the ribbon that I use is vegan.

Excess or waste product: Any scraps of ribbon that I have are added to my fabric scraps pile. I use fabric scraps as stuffing for things such as pin cushions.

 

 

Embroidery Thread

Made from: 100% cotton.

Manufactured… in France. You can watch the threads being made here.

How to recycle? See below, as part of t-shirt / sweatshirt recycling.

Vegan? As some colour dyes use organic compounds in production I am unfortunately unable to verify whether the embroidery thread that I use is vegan.

Excess or waste product: Any scrap threads are re-used in embroidery or as swing tag strings (see above). Any smaller scrap bits that cannot be re-used are added to my colourful ‘ort jars’.

 

T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Baby Grows

Made from: 100% GOTS Standard organic cotton.

Manufactured… in India. Production undergoes annual audits to comply with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) Code of Labour Practices. Furthermore, production is climate neutral, wind powered and fair trade with a low water footprint. Nothing is shipped by air-freight, and when I receive stock it is always packed in biodegradable bags and recycled boxes. This company are doing such an incredible job of striving for sustainability - you can read their FWF performance checks here. You can watch a video of manufacture here.

How to recycle? If your item is in an appropriate condition to wear, please give to charity so that it can be re-used. If not, it can be cut up and used as cleaning rags. Alternatively, any textile waste can be recycled at a Clothing and Textile Bank.

Vegan? PETA approved vegan!

Excess or waste product: I have multiple uses for t-shirts, sweatshirts and baby grows that I cannot sell (for example, if they were faulty or damaged)! Either I wear them myself, or I use them to dry my hair, as rags for dusting, or I upcylce them into reusable make up pads.

 

 

Embroidery Backing Fabric

Made from: acid free, non-woven nylon.

Manufactured… production country and source unknown.

How to recycle? See above, as part of t-shirt / sweatshirt recycling.

Vegan? Yes, to the best of my knowledge.

Excess or waste product: I re-use the excess cuttings of my backing fabric until they get so small that I cannot use them! Once they get to this size, I add them to my fabric scraps pile. I use fabric scraps as stuffing for things such as pin cushions.

 

Handkerchiefs

I am currently working my way through a vintage stock of hankies that I bought from Etsy. Once I have used up all of this stock, I will source some organic cotton replacements.

Made from: 100% cotton.

Manufactured… source unknown (vintage).

How to recycle? If your item is in an appropriate condition to re-use, please give to charity so that it can be re-used. If not, any textile waste can be recycled at a Clothing and Textile Bank.

Vegan? Yes, to the best of my knowledge.

Excess or waste product: Any hankies that I cannot sell (for example, if they were faulty or damaged) would be added to my fabric scraps pile. I use fabric scraps as stuffing for things such as pin cushions.

 

Foil Mail Bags

I am currently finishing my stock of hollographic foil mail bags, before starting with my new paper mail bags.

Made from: metallic foil cast polyprop film.

Manufactured… source unknown.

How to recycle? Unfortunately, the foil mail bags are not recyclable (which is the reason that I am switching to paper bags).

Vegan? Yes, to the best of my knowledge.

Excess or waste product: I have very little waste of the foil bags, but I have in the past used faulty bags to cut up and use in scrapbooks.

 

I am the first to admit that there is a lot I need to learn about sustainability. If you have any suggestions for areas in which I can improve, please let me know.