At LinenMe our philosophy is based on creating beautiful linen homewares with a minimal impact on the planet. By reusing offcuts of larger pieces of fabric we reduce waste, and we combine traditional hand looms with modern production techniques to work efficiently.
Let’s find out more about our sustainably production process so you can be assured that we’re doing what we can to help conserve resources.
With a terrifying amount of fabric and clothing ending up in landfill we believe it’s our duty to cut waste as much as possible. We aim for zero waste in our linen textiles production. We achieve this through our LinenUs line that uses offcuts to create beautiful new products.
Sometimes these offcuts come from large pieces of fabric that we’ve used for another product. Sometimes we have remainder fabric when customers change their mind. The colours and patterns in this collection are, of course, dependent on the fabric we have leftover. But every piece is crafted with just as much skill and care as our other collections.
What can you get?
We offer a core collection of zero waste products. Here’s what you can get from our LinenUs offcuts line:
- tote bags
- shopping bags
- handwoven placemats
- tea towels
- bread baskets
Love a surprise?
Another of our zero waste initiatives is our Surprise product. These are products from the list above but made from whichever fabric we have leftover. That means your product will be a complete surprise! It might be a bread basket made from a beautiful striped fabric, or a placemat in a soft pastel linen. Whatever its form and colour, it will be made with as much pride and attention to detail as all our other products.
Why textile waste is something to take seriously?
In recent years it has been estimated that 10,000 garments go into landfill every five minutes! That adds up to around 300,000 tons of dumped clothing every year. If these items are made from synthetic fabrics they will take years to decompose, and any dyes or bleaches used will also leach into the soil. Keeping textiles in circulation, and reducing the amount we buy, is essential to reducing the enormous amount of waste produced each year.
When we talk about textile waste we’re not just talking about piles of old clothes in a rubbish dump. All those clothes that sit in your wardrobe, unworn and unloved, are also waste. Which is why we think fast fashion needs to stop. It encourages us to buy more things, and to discard or put away perfectly good items that may not have the ‘current look’. It has been estimated that as much as 25% of our clothes are never worn. Multiply all those garments by the number of people in the Western world and that’s a staggering amount of waste!
And while recycling textiles is worth doing, a large amount of waste sent off to be recycled actually ends up in landfill. Taking unwanted clothing and bedding to your local charity shop or having a car boot sale is a great way to keep items in circulation. But charity shops are increasingly finding donations can’t be resold as they are not in a suitable condition. Investing in good quality products in the first place means they are more likely to be repurposed or loved by someone else once you’ve finished with them.
Join us in the fight for zero waste!
At LinenMe we believe in making top quality products with longevity, that won’t go out of style and that keep looking beautiful for longer. Because if you love something, take care of it and use it regularly, that keeps the item away from the scrap pile.
And that helps make a better future for everyone on the planet.