Nicola Sherlock, a knitwear designer, and Beate Kubitz, a business manager and farmer, joined together in 2004 and founded Makepiece. The brand focuses on creating sustainable and eco-friendly fashion with as little impact to the environment as possible. Their approach is simple and holistic, making sure every aspect of their design process and production is as sustainable as it can be.
All yarns, production and knitting of the garments take place in Britain. This use of local producers and farmers means that all yarns are easily traceable, and there is full transparency in regards to human rights, working conditions and the assurance of no harmful chemicals being used.
One of their prominent fibres, British wool, is used extensively throughout their collections. This fibre is naturally sustainable and has little or no impact on the environment. With so many different breeds of sheep in Britain, it means various qualities, colours and textures can be sourced easily and locally. The utilisation of this sustainable fibre is a core testament to Makepiece’s efforts to being sustainable and as environmentally friendly as possible.
Fibres aren’t the only aspect of their collection that is locally sourced, the manufacturing of yarn and production of their collections is too. This means less transit of materials and therefore reduces their carbon footprint dramatically. In regards to other fibres they use such as hemp, bamboo and tencel, they are naturally great for the environment as their impact is significantly lower compared to fibres such as cotton.
One of the greatest aspects of Makepiece’s designs is that they can be composted once they can’t be used no more. This means less landfill waste and no long-lasting impact to the environment. Extending from this, their garments are either dye-free, naturally dyed or azo-free dyes are used, all of which meet European environmental standards. This reinforces the aspect of their garments being toxic-free to the environment once composted.
For more details please visit http://www.makepiece.com/.