Our approach to looking after the environment
Because we care about our planet, we do try to think about what we do and how we do it. We’re conscious that our threads come from France (where DMC is based) and our fabrics come from Zweigart in Germany. We therefore try to order in bulk and only when we need to, planning ahead in an effort to reduce the amount of journeys we are contributing to.
There are some things you may have left over after you have finished making your kit, most of which is recyclable. We’d really encourage you to re-use or recycle as much as possible.
- Our patterns are printed on paper of varying weights, depending on the kit, and are recyclable.
- The threads are cotton. We’d encourage you to save any that you have left and use them up or maybe donate them to a good cause such as an old people’s home, who may be really grateful for craft materials. However, bear in mind that threads can be a choking or strangulation hazrd to children so please be careful about where you donate any that you have left.
- Needles can obviously be re-used but, if you don’t, they can be recycled as they are made of steel. However, don’t just throw them in the recycling bin. If you Google how to recycle needles in yor home country e.g. “recycling sewing needles uk”), you’ll find the correct advice.
- The felt ball (used to protect the needle) is 100% wool. This could be recycled with any other natural fibres but why not keep it, collect some more and make yourself a necklace or earrings in our brand colours?
- Our thread holders (if your kit has one) are printed on card and can be recycled.
- The branded paper bags are made of (guess what?) paper and are recyclable.
- Our “not plastic” bags (used for some of our kits, for example the Mini Kit and Beginner Kit ranges) are made of PLA (corn/potato starch). They are compostable, both in home compost and industrial composting. Some local councils may accept these bags in food waste recycling and/or garden waste recycling but it would be wise to check first as otherwise they may think you have contaminated your waste with plastic. If none of those options work for you, you can dispose of the bag in your general waste where it will break down MUCH faster in landfill than plastic. Please DO NOT put them in your plastic waste recycling (the bags are made from renewable plant materials, not petrochemicals). If this seems a little complicated and you’re wondering why we use these bags, it’s because they break down faster than plastic and are therefore kinder to the environment if they do not end up in being composted.
- Notably, our stickers are not currently recyclable at this time as we’ve not yet found a good enough solution – we will keep looking. Please let us know if you’ve found someone who produces low cost, great quality recyclable stickers!
If you’re in any doubt about which of the above information applies to you, let send us a message letting us know which kit(s) you have and we will let you know.
When we order things online (both for our business and our personal lives) they often come in cardboard boxes with extra “filler” packing. We hoard both the boxes and the extra filler bits and use them when we’re sending larger orders out – don’t be surprised if you receive a box with a label that’s half removed – it’s on (at least) its second journey. Also, it keeps our costs down and that’s good for you too!
Anything we don’t reuse that can be recycled will be. Because, honestly, it’s really not that hard, is it? And it feels good to know you’re doing your bit.
We’re not perfect and we’re always happy to learn so we can do better. If you’ve spotted something we haven’t, please let us know.
Annie and Alison