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Your Sustainable Home Guide

It can feel over-whelming to start thinking about making your home more sustainable. The amount of companies that are now offering eco-alternatives to classic household items is amazing news, but how do you choose between them or pick the best one for you? We’re here to help and break down what sustainability means to us. From top tips to our favourite sustainable businesses, here a few things you can do to make your home as eco-friendly as possible, starting with small but mighty steps.

Where to start?

Our day to day behaviours can have the biggest impact on being more sustainable. Doing things like recycling, walking or cycling where possible and reusing to produce less waste. We have definitely seen a shift in how people use their homes and the amount of time they spend in them. There is a bigger focus on making quality purchases on products that don’t add to landfill and that only use recycled or natural materials - - - like our earth-friendly fabrics. The distance your products travel to get into your home is also really important, as this has a big impact on your home’s carbon footprint. Our mills are local where possible and our curtains and blinds are made by local independent makers. If you can make choices that mean less plastic ends up in landfill, we’d say you’re already making a great start!

What sustainability means to us

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do here at Stitched. We focus on making sure in every step of the process we’re thoughtful in every way - - - with our customers, our makers and how we source our fabrics. We aim to make our curtains and blinds as eco-friendly as possible. For you eco warriors out there, our Revive fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. We’ve kept nearly 100,000 plastic bottles out of landfill with this fabric and instead used them to create stylish curtains and blinds. We also use UK mills for our fabrics where possible and use local sewistas to hand-stitch your window apparel. Keeping everything local not only supports local trade, but reduces our (and therefore your!) carbon footprint.

Sustainability in your home…

The cleaning products you use can have a big impact on the amount of plastic waste you produce, and when 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year it’s important for all of us to start making a difference now. We spoke to the guys at SEEP about how to have less plastic in your home.

“Think about the everyday items that you use, what are they made of? Are they reusable? It can be an overwhelming task but make small improvements where you can, such as swapping for reusable or refillable bottles and plastic-free cleaning accessories.”

To make your home ‘yours’, we all like to style, decorate and create a space we want to spend time in. The products we use to do this, like paint, can have harmful chemicals like VOCs, APEs and NPEs. The team at COAT only uses the top quality raw materials, so you get great coverage and a finish that lasts. Their water based-recipe is low VOC and odour, making it safer for your home.

It’s not just what you paint your walls with, it’s the fabrics you choose to have in your home from your windows to your bed. At Stitched we focus on using natural and recycled materials so you can feel good about the choices you make in styling your home. See more about our earth friendly fabrics.

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Our favourite eco-friendly brands

Sleep Easy With Undercover Living. Undercover Living only uses sustainably sourced fabrics for your bed linens such as TENCEL™ and GOTS certified Organic Cotton. TENCEL™ is made from sustainably grown trees such as eucalyptus. The fibres come from trees that are harvested from controlled sources following stringent guidelines. Their factory in Portugal manages the whole production process from start to finish, which also reduces emissions caused by transportation.

Part With Plastic With SEEP. SEEP let us in on a little tip - - - opting for biodegradable cleaning products, like Seep’s loofah sponge or biodegradable liners, are fantastic, high quality, simple swaps you can make to cut environmentally damaging products out of your cleaning cupboard. It’s just a bonus that they look so good on the countertop. If you want to minimise the impact of your spring clean, then opting for cleaning products that are carbon neutral or carbon negative is a great way to do this. Seep has partnered with not-for-profit organisation ‘On a Mission’ to ensure all its products are 3.5x climate positive, so whilst you’re spring cleaning, you’re also cleaning up the planet.

Conscious Cleaning With Neat. Neat have created cleaning products that don’t rely on shipping unnecessary water across the globe and they produce less plastic waste which means no more bulky products under your sink. You simply mix their concentrated cleaning products with water in their reusable bottles. They believe having a sustainable lifestyle is better when you have many people making small changes, rather than a few of us doing it perfectly. The small changes we make collectively have a huge impact on the world we live in.

Sustainability Never Smelt So Good With Wilton London. As a certified B Corp, Wilton have built their business to make sure they consider the people, environment and communities in a way that they can be proud of. Their formulas are designed to be kind to the environment. No GMO, no animal derived ingredients and they don’t test on animals. Their bottles use 50% less plastic than other leading laundry care brands and they’re also recyclable. They’ve designed a range of botanical scents where essential oils sit centre stage. So your home and laundry will smell amazing.

Head over to our Stitched fabric page to learn more about our natural, recyclable, feel good fabrics.