I consider myself to be a responsible designer/maker and have always tried to think of the environmental impact that my work has. Listed below are details of each aspect of my working environment and how I strive to off -set my carbon footprint.
- I use a Wind turbine and solar panels to generate power to run the sewing machine, iron, overlocker, radio/MP3 player and computer in my studio.
- I try to use UK sourced fabrics where possible
- The use of Fabric remnants and charity shops finds are a great source of unusual fabrics
- Recycled car upholstery leather offcuts, from a local business are revamped into hats, garments and trimmings
- Recycled embellishments and found objects are used to add decorative elements to my designs including feathers found in local woods/surroundings/ from own chickens
- Vintage/ antique trimmings are added to garments making unique decorative statements
- I use only recycled paper business cards/ note paper
- Unused rolls of wall- paper are recycled and used as pattern cutting and drafting paper.
- Online publicity and invoicing are used where possible to reduce paper usage
- Off cuts of fabric given to local charity’s
- All plastic packaging and paper are recycled
- Large fabric off cuts are given to local mechanic for rag
- Little travel emissions- car good has fuel consumption and low millage /locally serviced
- I offset any remaining carbon emissions via my allotment, planting trees, growing my own food, and caring for a honey bee hive.