Sustainability is one of the most talked about issues of the modern world. Not a day goes by without a news story highlighting climate change due to the effects of pollution, mass production and over population.
We at Linton Tweeds have looked internally and are attempting to improve our own carbon footprint. For the moment, we are focused on doing this in four primary ways.
- Using 100% Sustainable Certified British Wool
Woolen yarns comprise a large portion in many of our fabrics. You can be rest assured that all our British woolen yarns come from 100% sustainable certified farms. We conveniently list the composition of each fabric posted on our website so you can at any time check how much wool is in each fabric.
2. Reducing Waste Through Innovative Products and Partnerships
Off cuts, cancelled orders and sample lengths are common in the textile industry. But in many fabric mills, this excess fabric is simply cast off as redundant stock and much of it ends up in landfill. But not at Linton Tweeds! We try and salvage any additional meters of fabric to sell on our website and anything too short, gets cut up and used for our craft packs.
We have also joined forces with KAPDAA the Off Cut Company, who use our off cuts to create fabulous products, which we both sell on our relevant websites.
3. Reusing Redundant Yarns
After large scale productions for fashion houses, we are regularly left with a few cones of yarns. Often, there is not enough of a particular yarn to make a fabric of sufficient length. We recycle these yarn remnants in two primary ways. One of our talented textile designers is tasked with the job of collecting these yarn remnants and to develop short length fabric pieces which we then sell on our website and to wholesale clients. We also ball up yarn which we again sell to other weavers and crafters on our website.
4. Recycling Computers and Other Tech Gadgets
Its not just our textiles we try stop from going to landfill and becoming pollutants of the environment. We ensure all our electronic equipment like our computers is recycled by CRL, based here in Cumbria. CRL is one of Cumbria’s leading recycling companies, processing over 2000 tonnes annually of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for re-use and sorting for recycling of raw materials.