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Sustainability

We believe that we are all on a journey, and that the seemingly small choices we make everyday can have a much larger impact in the long run. While we have always been committed to handmade items using natural materials, we have recently taken a deeper look into ways in which we can improve in how our choices as a business impact our earth and the people in it. This involves looking at our supply chain and finding ways to be more sustainable by choosing the best materials we possibly can at this point in time. We are just a very small business, and so we are limited in which supplies we can source, but we are determined to do the best with the resources we currently have at hand. We also want to be transparent with you, our customers, so that you can make informed and mindful purchases, knowing as much as possible about what it is you are investing in. We love our beautiful planet, and the people on it, and we aim to source the most sustainable supplies that we can, that are not only natural, but are also made ethically. We want our products to tread gently at every point in their life; the materials they come from, how they are manufactured by us, how they arrive to you, while they are in your care, and how they can be departed with at the end of their (hopefully long, and well-loved) lives. We have broken down each product into its parts below, so that you can be informed about its sustainability and make an educated choice in your purchase. If you wish to further continue the conversation please don’t hesitate to contact us

Christmas Stockings

Linen: 100% linen deadstock fabric, purchased from The Fabric Store. You can read about deadstock fabric on their site here.

Leather: Leftover leather scraps from our leather journals, cut into strips. Using this helps minimise our waste, as well as looking good and being a durable material. This particular leather was purchased from Tandy Leather, although in the future we will be looking into purchasing more Australian made, vegetable tanned leather, to be as natural as possible as well as supporting Australian businesses. You can read about Tandy Leather’s ethics here.

Fringe: 100% cotton fringe, purchased from a small local family owned/operated business. We are currently unsure of its origins, but it is an area we are going to investigate.

Hardware: Purchased from a small local family owned/operated business, and the most suitable hardware we could find.

Thread: High quality DMC cotton embroidery thread, purchased from a small local family owned/operated business.

Fabric Banners

Calico: 100% unbleached cotton calico, purchased in a large roll from Spotlight. Definitely not the most sustainable place to purchase fabric from, however we are still working through our stock of calico, so we will reevaluate where to source from when the time comes in the future. We cut out our banners in a way that leaves minimal waste leftover, utilising as much of the fabric as we can.

Dowel: Pine timber dowel, made from FSC Certified timber. Purchased from a local hardware co-op.

Twine: 100% jute twine. This was purchased at a local supermarket, and we have not yet looked into an alternative source.

Ink: We use Permaset Aqua eco-friendly inks. We make things in small batches, being mindful of how much ink we use at a time. Any leftover ink gets put back in the tub and very minimal gets washed down the drain. You can read about Permaset’s sustainability here.

Timber Banners

Timber: FSC Certified Pine plywood, purchased from a local hardware co-op. We cut our banners in a way that leaves minimal waste leftover, utilising as much of the plywood as we can.

Twine: 100% jute twine. This was purchased at a local supermarket, and we have not yet looked into an alternative source.

Ink: We use Permaset Aqua eco-friendly inks. We make things in small batches, being mindful of how much ink we use at a time. Any leftover ink gets put back in the tub and very minimal gets washed down the drain. You can read about Permaset’s sustainability here.

Timber Wallhooks

Timber: We repurpose scraps of timber from building sites, that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Dowel: Pine timber dowel, made from FSC Certified timber. Purchased from a local hardware co-op.

Screws: We use standard building screws, purchased from a local hardware co-op, and whatever is used varies from time to time depending on what is available.

Wall Strips: We use either Command or 3M removable wall strips, depending on what is available at our local supermarket.

Tote Bags

Calico: 100% unbleached cotton calico, purchased in a large roll from Spotlight. Definitely not the most sustainable place to purchase fabric from, however we are still working through our stock of calico, so we will reevaluate where to source from when the time comes in the future. We cut out our banners in a way that leaves minimal waste leftover, utilising as much of the fabric as we can.

Ink: We use Permaset Aqua eco-friendly inks. We make things in small batches, being mindful of how much ink we use at a time. Any leftover ink gets put back in the tub and very minimal gets washed down the drain. You can read about Permaset’s sustainability here.

Leather Journals

Leather: This particular leather was purchased from Tandy Leather, although in the future we will be looking into purchasing more Australian made, vegetable tanned leather, to be as natural as possible as well as supporting Australian businesses. You can read about Tandy Leather’s ethics here.

Paper: We use high quality paper, from Australian fine paper business Ball & Dogget. Our thicker paper is 35% cotton and is produced with FSC certified virgin fibre sourced from responsibly managed forests. Made with elemental chlorine free pulp helping to reduce harmful by-products. Our thinner paper is manufactured with FSC certified pulp. Containing 30% post consumer waste fibre, it is also made elemental chlorine free. The manufacturers produce this paper carbon neutral with the use of 100% wind-generated electricity.

Thread: Natural coloured waxed linen thread, purchased from Tandy Leather. You can read about Tandy Leather’s ethics here.