DESIGN & CREATIVE ETHOS
Our approach to product design and what we create is based on one key question we always ask: can we make better product, with less impact on the planet than what already exists? If the answer is no, then we turn away from producing unnecessarily. If the answer is yes, we go and create.
MADE IN SCOTLAND
We make all of our products in Scotland either in our own workshop by skilled artisans or with specialist traditional factories who have built a global reputation for quality and craft.
By making in Scotland we can ensure that all of the artisans and factories we colloborate with provide excellent conditions and fair pay. Our partnership workshop is a registered Social Enterprise, meaning it places people and the environment as it's primary focus.
PURE SCOTTISH WATER
Our partner mill Todd & Duncan uses a closed loop system on all water used in the production of our merino wool yarns. The mill is on the banks of Loch Leven, and for good reason: the water’s natural purity and softness helps to open up the wool fibres, resulting in wonderfully consistent colour, and soft handle. The fibre is dyed before it’s spun – a gentle process that gives a superior colour result and finished handle.
The dyes are environmentally friendly, so the water used can be cleaned and returned to Loch Leven once dyeing is complete. This keeps the Loch pure and ensures we minimise our use of natural resources. This process is what is known as a 'Closed Loop' manufacturing process.
All of the factories and mills we work with use renewable energy sources. The workshop where we develop and create our head covers and bags are less than 50 miles from St Andrews, and also uses renewable energy meaning zero emmissions are emitted from our final production process.
Our website is hosted on servers using renewable energy, certified by The Green Web Foundation and all locations we use in our activity including our logistics hubs are powered by renewable energy.
Our packaging is plastic free and every component we use is recyclable and biodegradable . We only use FSC certified cardboard and paper.
A minimal but practical approach to packaging means we do not use more than neccessary.
We have built our operating model to ensure we are carbon neutral on our directly controlled activity since our inception in 2021. This is known as scope 1 and 2 measures as classified by the GHG Protocol.
Greenhouse gas emissions are categorised into three groups or 'Scopes' by the most widely-used international accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol.
Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed. Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in the supply chain activity.
We will have our first year impact verified by a 3rd party emmissions specialist to ensure we are on track and support our goal of achieving scope 3 net zero standards.