It’s World Environment Day today. As a textile business we know that we are in an industry which has not always had the environment at its forefront. However, times have changed and as business owners we can make choices to move the industry forward.

When we started Tom & Dick’s, the environment was always at the top of our list. Not as a marketing line, but as part of our core business foundation. We looked at the “journey” of our product and at each step knew we had to do something different.

Guimarães, northern Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage site where our mill is based.
Guimarães, northern Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage site where our mill is based.
Our founder, Amar, picking cotton aged 14.
Our founder, Amar, picking cotton aged 14.

We recognised that the source of our bedding was the first place to start. After a few years of research and many conversations, we partnered with a family-run mill in northern Portugal. They are based in Guimarães – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon meeting them and seeing the passion, dedication and actual implementation of a sustainable way of crafting textiles, from the sourcing of the cotton to the weaving and beyond, we knew we had the right partner. Next, we had to figure out a way to deliver your bedding and protect the environment as much as possible along the way. After years of visiting the high street and seeing swathes of plastic, we could never understand why it had to exist in our supply. So, it was an easy decision to implement a zero-plastic approach to our packaging.

Another issue that has a big impact on the environment is landfill. If you buy new bedding and have no room/use for the old set it could end up there. This did not sit well with us. As did the fact that we send you your bedding in a lovely FSC-approved, fully-recyclable cardboard box that would only be used once. So, we decided anytime you buy from us, you can return your old bedding in that box. We will pay for the postage (via our environmentally-friendly courier partner – thank you DPD!) and ensure it goes to a good home, such as a local homeless shelter. Most recently, we have been supporting the many volunteers making scrubs for the NHS and key workers.

We still have a long way to go. But, we’re in it for the long haul and our commitment will only become stronger every day.

Happy World Environment Day.

Love,

Amar

(the boy in the picture picking cotton aged 14 really is me! Yup, my passion for textiles goes back a long way!)