I have always had a passion for environmentally friendly action, and have had a few items within my shop that would fall within this category, such as this red riding hood bunting, made on organic cotton.
But I recently decided that I needed to make the whole shop as eco friendly as possible. This means a lot of restructuring. I have a lot of fabric that simply does not fall within the remits of eco friendly, so will be holding a fabric sale in the next week or so, to sell off the larger pieces of fabric.
My focus will, therefore, now be to create items from second hand/vintage fabrics, scraps or waste fabric, or organic or fairtrade fabric. Along with some innovative uses of wool.
I have recently also been creating artwork. Needlefelting onto a wool blanket with ethically sourced merino wool. This has been a wonderful creative outlet, on which I would like to expand. This piece, was recently in an exhibition for eco friendly art, in Banks Mill Studios, Derby.
I have been able to turn some of them into blank cards, which would suit a myriad of occasions.
I have also been creating artwork, from the small bits of yarn left over from previous handspun projects. This woven wall hanging was inspired by the layers of earth, and has been finished off with snowflake obsidian beads.
I have also had access to fabric that would have been destined for the bin, from the retail industry. Using these scraps, I have been able to create various bohemian style garlands, which have proven rather popular. The creative floodgates are now open, as I will be creating more one off pieces, and looking at fabrics in a completely different light.
Being eco friendly, does not, of course, stop with the products. The packaging is just as important. So my packaging is now recycled, or biodegradable. But I want to go one step further. I want to work towards being a zero waste business. I am not sure exactly how close I will be able to get, as there are things like the plastic strips from the biodegradable polybags, that I will have to contend with, and the plastic spools from spent cotton reels, but if I can work imaginatively, hopefully it will be something I can ultimately achieve.
There will be some of the previous designs still available, whilst I use up the fabrics that are not in quantities that are sellable, but I am hoping, that within the next 6 months I will be have made the change over completely to being an eco-friendly business. My products can all be found over at my Etsy shop, but also over at www.eco-create.co.uk , which is a wonderful gateway to products all with an eco-friendly quality.