Eco Interiors, Interiors, organic fabric

New Zealand designed fabrics

Did you know that we have a large selection of New Zealand and even Wellington designed fabrics?

Anthea one of our potters is also a fabric designer. We have a few of her fabrics and homewares in store.

They are all made with organic and hemp fabrics!

One of the few NZ fabric houses that we regular source from is Hemptech. They regularly engage NZ and Australian artists to design fabrics for them. The result is a lovely cohesive and timeless range that stands the test of time. One of the best things is the designs are all printed here in NZ on 100% Eco Linen – mostly grown and woven in Belgium where the worlds best quality linen comes from.

Eco Linen is ecological due to the way it is grown and processed. Linen requires very minimal pesticides and fertilisers and requires no extra irrigation. When the fibre is processed, it is dew retted. Meaning they harvest the linen and leave it on the ground for the fibre to be ‘rotted’ out of the leaf. This usually takes weeks rather than days for this process to occur. Cheaper linens on the market quicken this process by using chemicals.

What do you think? I think we certainly have some talented designers within our shores!

You can view samples of all of these fabrics in our shop. Or we are slowly adding them to the Verdant Living website.

Janette

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Furoshiki and Bojagi Cloth Wrapping and Japanese Paper Balloons for Plastic-Free-July

An awful lot of wrapping paper gets immediately trashed, and a lot of it contains plastics. A furoshiki cloth can be used for elegantly presenting a wide variety of sizes and shapes of gifts for many years, or whipped out and turned into a carry bag, in seconds. Many of us have heard of this cloth  wrapping tradition, but who knew it was so easy and fun. South Coast Collective team have become real enthusiasts of this traditional and eminently sensible practice.

There are a lot of plastic balloons that end up in the landfill and the ocean which become a threat to  ocean wildlife, chock-able and tangle-able. For plastic free July we have sourced from the only remaining manufacturer of these in Japan, colourful, re-useable paper balloons, that you blow up with a straw.

On any weekend in July, South Coast Collective are inviting the public to a free demonstration, of how to practice this traditional re-useable gift wrapping and instant carry-bag making. We will have a variety of cloths on hand, one of our team will demonstrate.  There will be a table for you to practice on and an instruction sheet for you to take away to practice and try out other wrapping ideas.

We’re open 9.30 to 4 Saturday and 10 to 1 on Sundays. Come in and learn the art of bag making and gift wrapping with a simple square of cloth, and never look back! All you need to make this change is a square of non slippery cloth (preferably organic cotton of course!)  and the know how to do one or two simple knots.