Being a maker of 'things' when the earth is already overburdened and overtaxed feels like a big responsibility. I'm trying to do it as carefully and thoughtfully as I can. When people express the value that my work has in their lives and their homes it means so much to me because it's my hope that the things I make will be carefully considered purchases, cherished for a long time to come and won't contribute to our current throw away society.
The lamps are laminated in plastic which is not currently recyclable so together we need to look after them so that they last a long time. I am constantly on the lookout for biodegradable laminating pouches. When they come I will snap them up!
The opposite of built in obsolescence
I offer a free-of-charge replacement of parts service. Whether you have had your lamp for one week or twenty years and wherever you are in the world, should a popper pop off or a cable go 'poof' I will sort it out so we can keep your light shining for a long time to come. Just email me.
As a designer/maker studio we only make to order in small batches. We don't produce loads of stock that's going to sit in a warehouse somewhere. We make stock that has a home to go to and a bit to keep on the shelves for if someone pops in! It doesn't go to waste. Lamps that go a bit wrong end up in my seconds sale once a year, rather than in the bin.
For packaging we use cardboard bubble wrap and paper tape. We use boxes that fit the products in snugly to minimise the need for extra packaging. We use wax paper if anything needs to be waterproof. If we ever use plastic bubble wrap it's because we are recycling it.
The plastic components inside the lamp are made to order by a local company so they don't travel far.
The paper is made in the UK.
Lamps come with a low energy LED bulb.
My wallpaper is produced at Anstey in Loughborough, one of the remaining few factories who will allow short print runs of wallpaper which suits the smaller designer/maker like me. Anstey are constantly striving to improve their manufacturing methods and energy management and have whole teams dedicated to waste reduction and lean manufacturing techniques.
They source the paper from sustainable forests that support biodiversity.
They use inks and printing materials sourced from specialist suppliers that ensure that they are free of heavy metals. All inks are made from organic pigments and are controlled to a high environmental standard and satisfy all EU legislation.
The wallpaper is really good quality and has a long life cycle.
I hope you will want to keep my wallpaper on your walls for many many years but should you tire of it, it can be papered over or disposed of safely as it is full biodegradable.
We will always be thinking about the most environmentally friendly way to do and make things because that has become a mindset I hope to create designs that stand the test of time - designs that are not about a sweeping trend or fashion that will need to be replaced by the latest new thing. They are just about nature and highlighting its beauty and delicacy - a delicacy and beauty that we need to respect and preserve.
The business regularly donates to conservation charities such as
Plantlife's Making Meadows project and
Tinderwood Trust our local forest school.
I've been thinking a lot lately about what sustainability really means and I realised it's not just about materials...it's about love as well.
We have a lot of that.