Saving energy

- We use energy saving light bulbs in the studio and ensure that all dyeing equipment are on timer plugs so they are not left on for any longer than is strictly necessary. All plug sockets are turned off before we leave the studio.

- No heating is used in the studio, the design of the building means that it is cool in the summer and we keep warm in the winter by huddling around the dye pots and slow cookers!

HipKnits Environmental Statement

We are committed to helping the environment as much as possible, in our own little way. No one person or organisation can hope to undo all the damage that has been done over the years but we can all do our bit to help. We currently have the following measures in place and constantly search for ways that we can improve the impact that we have on the environment. Let us know if you can think of anything else we could do, wed love to hear from you.

Sourcing Materials.

- As many of our yarns as possible are sourced in the UK. When we do order yarns from other continents we try where possible to order them well in advance so that they can take a leisurely trip over to us by sea instead of flying. Obviously this is not always possible but we do try. We are always looking for new UK based suppliers so do let us know if you may be able to do business with us.

- Our dyes are also purchased in the UK


- We recycle as much as possible. See?

- Many of our cashmere and silk yarns are either made from recycled materials or are remainders, this means that they are leftover lots from large factories that would be wasted if people like my supplier didn't buy them and then sell them to me to dye and sell to you. Without exception, each and every single one of our silk yarns are made from recycled silk fibre and fabrics isn't that nice?

- The water that we use to pre-soak our yarns is kept and then used to rinse the yarns after they have been dyed.

- We re-use packaging as much as we can, and are actively looking for an alternative to our grey plastic mailing bags.

- All of our waste is split into different bins, we take paper, card and other recyclable materials along to the local recycling centre. Any food waste is composted and only waste that CANNOT be recycled in any way is taken to the landfill. On average this is 1 plastic bin bag a month.

- We use old washing up liquid bottles and diet coke bottles to store our ready mixed up dyes in. This is both cheaper and better for the environment than throwing them away and buying jars.

- All of our scraps of yarn are either used in sample kits or given to local schools and nurseries to use in art lessons.

- All of our labels are printed on recycled paper on our printer at home using recycled ink toner. We halved the size of our labels recently to save the amount of paper that we use.

- All the cling film and plastic bags used in the dyeing process are reused where possible. They are often washed using the water that yarns were rinsed in if that water is still fairly clean. If not they are rinsed in watertroughs which are kept outside and collect rainwater.

- Any leftover dye is not wasted, we keep adding water to the original dye mix to make more pastel colours and continue to do this until all the solution has been used up. Occasionally we will dye one off skeins of yarn using the teeny amounts of dye left over from bigger lots or combine 2 different dye colours to make enough for a larger lot.

- We use reclaimed boxes for our large wholesale orders by visiting our local supermarket and asking them for any large boxes that they have no use for or that we have at home.

Copyright Kerrie Allman 2007