Right from the very beginning we have been aware that by starting a textile business we will have an impact on the environment; from the production of the yarn, the transportation of our products and the packaging which it arrives in. It has been important to us that we make all steps possible to ensure that we keep our environmental impact down as much as we can by always striving to do better. We are raising the next generation to inherit this world and it is our duty to ensure that they have a world to live in with all its beauty and wonder. In this section you will find out a little more on exactly how we are going to do this.
Read on below to find out other ways we are minimising our impact on the planet.
Here are just a few things we do at Rowan Bay HQ to minimise our environmental impact
Producing our own yarn
We were searching for wool which met our standards for a long time and we have finally found a supplier. However this search inspired us to do something no other wrap company has done - and that's produce our own yarn. In March this year, we embarked on a new adventure and bought four shetland ewes from a local breeder. We visited them before purchasing and ensured that they came from a good home. We will never send any sheep to slaughter for meat, they are here to graze our meadow and there's enough space for them to live a long and happy life. Since they arrived two lambs (Pickles and Muffin) were born to our Ewe Tilly. We have three generations in our flock now and grandma (pictured) even helps to look after the lambs.
Starting this journey has already connected us with local spinners, so any wool which isn't suitable for jacquard weaving can be used locally, and any waste will be composted - wool makes an amazing compost! If you'd like to follow this adventure head over to instagram and follow @rowanbaaas.
Creating habitat for pollinators
The land around HQ including the meadow the sheep graze is managed holistically and for wildlife. When we took on the meadow it was recently seeded with rye grass and there was not much else there and our aim is to turn this into a wonderful wildflower meadow for pollinators using traditional management techniques (sheep!).
£5 from every wrap sale will go towards carefully selected wildflower seeds for the meadow, each chosen to not only suit the habitat and grazing management but be rich in nectar for the bees, moths, beetles and butterflies.
We believe that the wraps we create are for life. The quality of the textiles are as such that if looked after properly, your wrap could be handed down to future generations. Alternatively, there are many small businesses around the globe which provide custom work for woven wrap fabric - either altering your wrap into a different size, fixing pulls or holes or converting into alternative slings such as buckled carriers or ring slings. You could also have your wrap turned into other items all together such as handbags, cushion covers or even items of clothing. The only limit is your imagination!
Because we also love supporting small businesses, we have put together a directory where you can find your local converter which is located in the ‘Sustainability’ tab on the menu. If you would like to add your business to this list, then please get in touch.