Updated: Aug 19
Another of our main values is being as Ecological and sustainable as we can.
When I started macrame, well, I just wanted to knot, but as I developed my technique I started to find out where I was getting the cord from, and I realised that some options were not great for the environment.
To get 1 kg of cotton you need 20,000 litres of water. Yes, that much.
So, I made sure that I began checking where our cords came from.
(All wood reclaimed and all cotton cord used in this piece provided by https://shop.bobbiny.com/en/)
All of our suppliers are Eco-conscious and use sustainable practises, using recycled and reused materials, like cotton and silk that otherwise would have ended up in landfill.
All of them use this fantastic technique to make sure their impact to the environment is as minimal as possible:
The way the rope is produced follows the following process:
1. Old clothes and textile waste are collected and sorted by colour.
2. They are cut into consistent smaller pieces and shredded.
3. Selected colours are blended to gain amazing shades of yarn. The colour blend process allows consistent colour matching with no dyes, no water and no chemical products applied! Isn´t that just awesome?
4. Cotton is spun to achieve the softest and finest yarn.
5. Yarn is twisted into Macramé Rope. What is not to love?
The inner spool is made of recycled paper and is biodegradable (Bobbiny and Cl0ver Creations).
Or there is no spool at all (Handcrafted Supply Ltd).
So when you buy any of my products you can make sure that I get our cords from a manufacturer that complies at least with these principles.
Other materials I use for wall hangings are:
- Reclaimed wool, from knitters or crafters leftovers that won’t be used otherwise.
- Old fabrics that aren’t used by others or from charity shops.
- Reclaimed wood, or broken branches.
- Sustainably produced vegetable cords and other materials like Yute or Raffia.
(All wood reclaimed and all cotton cord used in this piece provided by https://clovercreationsuk.com/)