Sustainable shopping

We do our best to minimise our impact on the planet. We are committed to being as transparent as possible about our supply chain to help you make informed decisions about what you buy.

Packing and mailing materials

Where possible, we source packing materials that have been made in the UK (to reduce the transport footprint) from recycled materials. We aim to choose materials that are easy for customers to recycle locally.

Item Origin Disposal
Grey plastic mailing bags* British made from recycled materials Recycle at kerbside
White/kraft tissue paper British made from recycled materials Recycle at kerbside
Printed yarn bands & fibre labels Printed in the UK on recycled paper Recycle at kerbside
Kraft hang tags Made from recycled materials, hand-printed by us Recycle at kerbside
Gripseal bags (used for fibre) Unknown Recycle at kerbside
Striped paper counter bags British made from FSC certified paper Recycle at kerbside, biodegradable to European standard EN 13432
Cardboard mailing cartons British made. We use boxes from several sources, all are either 100% recycled, part recycled or made from FSC certified materials. Recycle at kerbside
Business cards Printed in the UK on recycled paper Recycle at kerbside
Packing slips FSC certified paper Recycle at kerbside
Packing paper British made from recycled materials Recycle at kerbside
Air cusions Reused Reuse or recycle at kerbside

* We have switched away from biodegradable plastic mailers since the negative environmental effects of many biodegradable plastics have come to light.

Yarn dyeing kits

Our dyeing kits contain a number of hard-to-find components that we have been able to source from British companies, but have not been able to verify the country of origin. Many of the kit contents are designed to be reused, but we have included information to help you dispose of them responsibly when they are no longer required.

Item Origin Disposal
Box British made from part recycled materials, labels printed in UK on FSC certified paper Recycle at kerbside
White/kraft tissue paper British made from recycled materials Recycle at kerbside
Booklet Printed in UK on FSC certified paper Recycle at kerbside
Dropper bottles Unknown Reuse, or recycle at kerbside (HDPE – resin code 2)
Mini sieve Unknown Mixed plastics – reuse, or check local recycling
Cellophane bags British made from wood pulp Biodegradable
Gripseal bags Unknown Recycle at kerbside
Vials Unknown Clear polystyrene (resin code 6) – check local recycling
Stirrers British made from FSC certified wood Biodegradable
Contents slip FSC certified paper Recycle at kerbside
Steel spoon Unknown Reuse, or recycle at kerbside

Yarn

We only use yarn from suppliers who source responsibly. Much of our yarn is farmed and/or spun in Britain, but where it is sourced from overseas, our suppliers support farmers to use sustainable farming practices, high animal welfare standards, and boost local communities by providing skilled work and funding education programmes. Please see individual yarn pages for details.

We have designed our yarn dyeing process to be water and energy efficient and use the minimum of chemicals. For more information, see Our hand-dyeing process.