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ReSpiin is a homeware brand that has been created to showcase stylish recycled and renewable textiles.
It has been exciting to see the developments in sustainable textiles over the last few years, and we felt it was time to bring together some of the most innovative materials under one brand. Each material we use has a story to tell - whether that is about the way it grows or the journey it has been on.
ReSpiin is also about working directly with pioneering producers who add the most value possible to the materials they have to work with. We have visited each of the producers and have seen first hand how they take pride in what they produce and in how they treat their workforce.
Designed and developed by Green Pioneer.
The ReSpiin cushions and throws are made from recycled wool.
Unwanted clothing is collected through recycling programmes around the world, and shipped back to India for sorting and reworking. Although initially this seems a long way for the clothing to travel, it is actually an advantage for the many container ships returning to India to have some weight on board.
Once it arrives in India the clothing is sorted into fabric type and colour. Our supplier uses wool and wool mix clothing only and the resulting fabric is a minimum of 65% wool, 35% other fibres (usually polyester and nylon). The clothing is cleaned, broken down, made into fibres, spun into yarn and then woven into fabric. The fabric colour is a result of the original wool fabrics - no dyes are added.
Our supplier is an SA8000 certified organisation. The SA8000 standard is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces. It sets out the requirements to be met by organisations, including the establishment or improvement of workers’ rights, workplace conditions and an effective management system. Audits are carried out annually. They are also compliant with ISO:9001:2008 quality management system standards.
We also sell cushion pads which are made especially for us using Recron® Eco-Friendly Fibrefill. This filling is made from 100% Post consumer PET bottles and complies with Global Recycle Standard (GRS) norms. The cover is made from polypropylene. These are shrink wrapped for easy shipment.
The ReSpiin storage baskets and bowls are made from jute or seagrass or a mix of both.
Jute plants are easy to grow, have a high yield per acre and, unlike cotton, have little need for pesticides and fertilisers. Jute grows during the rainy season in Bangladesh which is from June to October. The plants are ready to harvest in four to six months, after the flowers are shed.
The fibres lie beneath the bark around the woody core. To extract the fibre, the jute bundles are submersed in water and left for a few days until the fibres come loose and are ready for stripping from the stalk, then washed and dried. This is what our baskets are made from. The remaining jute stalks can be used in a similar way to wood pulp, or work well as a renewable source of cooking fuel.
Jute plants help to clean the air. During growth they take in three times more CO2 than the average tree, converting this CO2 into oxygen. Jute plants also enrich the soil. As these plants grow fast, they are often used in crop rotation. The leaves and roots left after harvest enrich the soil with micronutrients, maintaining soil fertility. Jute is 100% biodegradable.
Seagrass is a renewable, sustainable and biodegradable material. Seagrasses grow very quickly in shallow saltwater along coastlines and rivers. Once mature the grasses are cut by hand and dried in the sun, then hand twisted and woven. The dried seagrass is durable and moisture-resistant. It has natural colour variations which makes every basket unique.
Our supplier in Bangladesh is committed to providing regular employment in a working environment that is safe and hygienic. They pay a living wage to all employees. They have developed an innovative way of producing jute rope and stylish jute baskets which means that can produce a much higher return from the jute than when it is sold for basic jute sacks.
Our baskets and bowls use natural jute, natural seagrass and also coloured jute. This coloured jute is 100% Azo free.
Wipe clean. Not suitable for use in very damp environments.
Please note: We sell the Tall Jute Baskets in ‘packs’. Each pack contains three separate products that have individual tags and barcodes. However for shipping purposes it makes sense for us to ship these to you in a nested pack.
We also sell Mini Bowl Sets. These are designed to be sold as a set and each set of three bowls has one tag and one barcode.
Green Pioneer is a TRADE ONLY business that supplies retailers around Europe.
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