With the textile industry being the second largest polluter in the world, sustainability is one of the most important aspects of Szilvia’s practice. She aims to produce as little waste material as possible by using every last piece of yarn and now creating a zero waste product that is filled with the unavoidable yarn ends from colour changes in the knitting process.
It is hard to challenge wool for its sustainability (sheep are not intensively reared). Wool, like hair, occurs naturally and is renewable i.e it quickly grows back. It is also a valuable bi-product of the meat market.
Sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming the organic carbon stored in plants and converting it to wool. “50% of the weight of wool is pure organic carbon.” Woollen textile products tend to be washed less frequently and at lower temperatures which has a low impact on the environment too.
We continuously research, try and improve our packaging and avoiding plastic wherever we can. We use 100% recyclable and biodegradable boxes to ship your order, along with recycled paper business cards, swing tags and paper stickers. Our double-sided satin ribbons are unbranded, so they can be reused and upcycled.
For wholesale orders and shop displays we use a biodegradable cellophane for our Soothing Lavender Eye Pillows to retain maximum scent by the time it gets to our customers.
Our yarns arrive in Polythene bags for protection and are used to protect our yarn from moths, then reused to bundle items for wholesale deliveries.
Every product is created by a carefully calculated pattern, knitted to shape and linked on a linking machine to finish; therefore, no cutting, no throwing away waste occurs.
Yarn ends are inevitable when the colour changing happens. We have now offer a zero waste product: Pin Cushions where the yarns ends are used as a filling in the pin cushion.
Sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming the organic carbon stored in plants and converting it to wool.
Fifty per cent of the weight of wool is pure organic carbon.
Wool products have long lifespans, they generally are used or worn longer than another textile fibre products
Wool textile products tend to be washed less frequently at lower temperatures which has a lower impact on the environment
Wool biodegrades readily on land and in water – as a protein-based fibre, wool does not contribute to microplastic pollution
Wool is readily recyclable: with a market share of 1,3% of all textile fibres, wool claims 5% within the recycled fibres market share.
Wherever we can, we support other small businesses and source our materials from the UK.