Sustainability is becoming more important to me every year and I try to be as aware of it as I can in every decision I make.
For my printed fabrics I am using mostly linen which is the most sustainable fabric in many ways. In some cases I use biological cotton canvas or left over fabrics.
I use an environmentally friendly water based and solvent free fabric ink. I use a brand that I can mix according to my needs so there is no waste, also the stencil printing technique that I love uses very little ink.
Make it yourself
Even if my materials are chosen with care for their sustainability shipping products around the world is not sustainable. In the beginning of the corona crisis when there was very limited air traffic and the air was so pure and clean I started to rethink my business model. Shipping bulky bags to the other end of the world was not what I wanted to focus my business on. Shipping fabrics to make your own bags, cushions or whatever product you want to make is a step in the right direction. So I have started to sell panels of handprinted fabrics to order. For the bags that I have designed I am planning to offer patterns for sale, so you can make your own.
The most important change that I have already effected is offering in depth printing courses to print your own fabric. The first one in available on Skillshare and I’m currently working on the next one. Being able to print you own fabric with locally sourced supplies is not only the most sustainable option, I also know from experience that it will bring you so much joy!
Products made to order
While I’m trying to support DIY of prints and products as much as possible I will still offer products through my website and shop, but I will mostly make them to order which means that I offer a number of products and a collection of prints so that you can combine to your liking, this will keep my stock down. The page where you can find all the information is still a work in progress. In the meantime you can get in touch if you want to order a bespoke product. Products in my shop will be special one off products, prototypes of new products or existing stock.
I try to package my products in materials that I have to hand, sometimes boxes that I get my supplies delivered in, sometimes in materials that I bought years ago to protect my products and would no longer purchase now, like plastic protective sealing bags. This may not seem like the most sustainable option, but under the circumstances it sometimes can be and I do still use them up.