Each day we see more in the news about how the throw-away, one use culture is impacting our environment and how we need to live more sustainable, eco-friendly lives. This is something we take very seriously at Cotswold Collections and over the last few years we have been introducing ways to reduce plastic usage. So far, we have removed plastic wrapping from our catalogues and utilised recyclable materials such as cardboard and tissue paper for our packaging, but we hope to continue reducing our environmental impact over the coming years.
We also use high quality au natural fabrics and source premium raw materials and yarns such as cotton, wool, leather, silk and cashmere in our collections and design pieces that will stand the test of time. Our design teams achieve this through creating pieces in timeless styles that work with the body as it changes over time using materials with a little stretch so that each piece will last for years to come. Each year Cotswold Collections make approximately 52% of our garments in the UK.
350,000 tonnes (about £140 million in worth) of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill each year in the UK alone. Here at Cotswold Collections we donate any unpurchased garments to Cancer Research, which means that we don’t contribute to mass landfill and our donations aid the charity in their fundraising efforts and ultimately their work.
If you are inspired by the work we have achieved in developing a sustainable and environmentally thoughtful business, take a look at our top five tips to reduce waste at home:
1) When washing your clothes, follow the advice of the care label to ensure their longevity.
2) Try to cut out plastic whether that’s by investing in a strong, reliable reusable shopping bag or choosing loose produce instead of pre-packed alternatives.
3) Buy British-made! Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint as the products won’t have to travel as far.
4) Avoid single use plastics like water bottles and coffee cups by purchasing your own ‘keep cup’.
5) Compost food rather than putting it in the bin, this means it won’t go to landfill and you can use it as a brilliant, natural fertiliser to keep your garden healthy!
Do you practice any of these tips already? Or do you have more to share? Let us know in the comments…