Updated: Mar 3, 2022
The UN World Commission on Environment and Development states: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
I always had sustainability in the back of mind when I started Camban Studio, but it really started to become one of the driving values of my business after it was one of the key themes of my 'Crafting Futures' project.
Since that project I've really been on a really interesting road where I've really been learning a lot more about what it means to have a sustainable textiles practice in 2022.
I use natural materials in my work, predominantly wool, cashmere, organic cotton and silk. All these materials come from renewable resources and are all naturally biodegradable.
'Springtime' cushion in 100% lambswool from Johnstons of Elgin.
Working with fabric producers who share this value too is Important. For example, Johnstons of Elgin where I source my cashmere and wool fabrics, are also heavily focussed on sustainability and are committed to buying RWS certified fibre for the yarn they make. RWS certification provides complete traceability of wool. It confirms that farms follow land management methods to protect soil health and biodiversity and practice holistic respect for sheep's welfare.
I know there a lot of things that are problematic in textiles in terms of sustainability, but I hope that by keeping small considerations in the forefront of my practice, working with others who also consider sustainability, and continuing to learn what I can do better will keep me on the right track in my own business.
My next value - PROCESS - My Values - Process. (cambanstudio.com)