January 16, 2021 3 min read
We have always aimed to operate our business as sustainably as we can. In January 2021, we became carbon neutral neutral company!
The fundamental part of almost all our products is wool and wool is one of the most sustainable products there is. Most of our products are handmade, and hence we have no carbon emissions from manufacturing or other similar high carbon emission activities.
All electricity consumed by FelinFach is now from 100% renewable energy, from UK windfarms - powered supplied by Scottish Power. Firstly, let's say it up front - no carbon emissions are better than buying carbon offsets to cover whatever emissions a company has. Going 100% renewable reduces our carbon emissions and also reduces our need to buy offsets.
We have assessed our carbon footprint throughout 2020. Whilst our footprint has never been high, we have taken steps to reduce it. For example, we have moved to recyclable and biodegradable packing products, consolidated deliveries receivable, reduced and consolidated our vehicle and other journeys, and improved lighting and heating in our Dye Studio.
The single largest part of our footprint is shipping/delivering our products to customers in the UK and worldwide. We have become carbon neutral (a zero carbon footprint) by offsetting all carbon produced from our activities.
Firstly, let's say it up front - no carbon emissions are better than buying carbon offsets to cover whatever emissions a company has. We agree with this but that is a longer term goal for us and whilst we and many other companies are working out how to achieve that, buying carbon offsets is a reasonable way to proceed.
We knew we needed to work with a carbon offset company that satisfied as many of our goals as possible, but first and foremost, we knew they needed to take a few key principles into consideration:
We used these criteria to evaluate many different companies doing good work. We’re still looking at a lot of them, but in the end, we chose Pachama to purchase our carbon offsets and we make our contributions to them on a monthly basis. (more on Carbon Offsets, Pachama and Shopify)
The Jara Pará Project is a forest conservation project. It reduces potential greenhouse gas emissions by protecting a large swath of forest (almost twice the size of Luxembourg) that otherwise would have been destroyed. It is a REDD+ project that is at the front lines of deforestation in the Amazon today trying to stop clear-cutting practices that are causing the loss of so much rainforest today.
We are investigating the proposals to grow more forests in Wales and, if we can, we would like to be part of any such plans.
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We also offer Welsh tartans, Sheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few!. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool and Global Welsh.
Last update 9th February 2021
July 16, 2021 4 min read
Nobody loves natural fibres more than we do. Cotton, silk, cashmere, mohair and of course wool. We love them because they are less damaging to the environment, they are natural sustainable products, their breathable qualities make them soft and airy against the skin. It is therefore unfortunate that moths also like natural fibres and we need to control and eliminate them, preferably in a natural way!!!
July 11, 2021 3 min read
All of FelinFach's hand dyed yarn and fabric are dyed using natural dyes, both plant and insect extract natural dyes on site at our FelinFach Studio in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our dye recipes include traditional and natural dye stuff such as Indigo, Madder, Weld, Indigo, Logwood to name a few. There is a beauty and depth of colour to natural dye that becomes more beautiful with age
July 10, 2021 3 min read
Offas Dyke is a 177 mile (285 kilometre) footpath that was officially opened on 10th July 1971. It is one of Britain's National Trails and is also Britain’s longest ancient monument. In the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia erected this wide border rampart to separate Wales and England. Much later, in 1971 Offa's Dyke path was placed alongside it, from Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in the North.