Handmade product information.

High quality biodegradable Cellulose sponges. 

The sponges I use are made from cotton, wood pulp & flax, from abundant and renewable natural materials, made in the UK. 

They can absorb, and retain, up to 10 times their dry weight in water.They can be used again and again. 

Provided cellulose sponges are treated properly they can last indefinitely. They are fully biodegradable once disposed of, which means that they are very eco-friendly.

My product contains compressed cellulose sponges to save space in terms of both storage and transportation. This can therefore reduce storage and transportation costs, and also means a smaller carbon footprint compared to shipping and storing un-compressed sponges. 

Once water is added to the compressed sponge it will expand back to its original thickness and it will also retain all of the properties you would expect in a regular moist (expanded) cellulose sponge.

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Elastics. 

I am currently in the process of moving over to Organic, Oeko Tex certified eco-friendly elastic. 

I’ve tried to find the best product for the job needed of an elastic. Unfortunately these cannot be produced in the UK but I use what I believe to be the most ethical solution and the most responsible, ecological alternative to conventional elastics. 

Made in Austria from certified organic cotton & natural rubber, with 62% organic cotton from Turkey and 38% natural rubber from plantations in Malaysia. 

It is

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable & recyclable
  • Plastic-free
  • Longer lifespan than comparable conventional elastic
  • Tested against chlorine & heat
  • Complies with EU toy safety standards EN71-3 & EN71-12

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Polypropylene Mask Lining. 

I use non-woven medical grade polypropylene in my masks. It is hydrophobic which means it helps protect against fine moisture and water droplets therefore gives more protection than fabric alone. 

It is washable and reusable, although fabric softener is not recommended. 

Whilst it is considered a plastic, science and experience proved already that this material is among the most sustainable ones we have. Unfortunately many polypropylene items still reach landfills instead of recycling plants but this is being improved on. This polypropylene can be recycled where it can be reused and turned into other useful items. 

Should it not be disposed of responsibly non-woven polypropylene takes up to 30 years to degrade but compared to some synthetics that can take 400-500 years to break down and leak harmful toxins into the ground and water sources, it’s definitely an improvement. 

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Poly-cotton thread. 

Having completed many sewing projects over the years,  I have acquired quite a supply of various sewing cottons. Some are even considered ’vintage’ now as they were inherited from my grandmother!

Whilst I now use 100% cotton and 100% organic cottons, I cant justify disposing of the remaining poly-cotton, preferring instead to use it more responsibly. Therefore some of my items contain poly-cotton thread to give them a longer lasting durability, especially ones that require regular laundering, like face-masks and menstruation/sanitary pads, meaning this ensures any poly-cottons I have do not go straight into landfill after short use. 

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 No fabric waste. 

I keep every little snip of offcuts and use all these tiny bits in a range of my little scrubbers so I have no fabric waste at all.

I hope this gives you a little insight into how I decide what I use in my products and hope you continue to enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.

Samantha.

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