Outdoor Sustainable Styles for Spring
The gorgeous new Darjeeling Caspian Throw has been launched just in time for the arrival of spring. Capturing the glowing hues of a beach sunset, these eco-friendly throws are so soft you would never guess they are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
The new Caspian Throw showcases the wonderful hand weaving skills employed to make the range of beautiful Darjeeling throws. This new colourway in a striped pattern of calming blues, golds and muted pinks has been inspired by the celebrated plantswoman, Beth Chatto, and her ‘Caspian Blue’ wild indigo plant hybrid. It has the look and feel of the softest cotton, yet is made from approximately 300 recycled plastic bottles, which have been saved from going into landfill or from littering the oceans.
While having the warmth and drape of cotton, the Darjeeling throws are water-resistant, stain-resistant and machine washable, making them equally durable indoors or outside. Best friends with the boho range of Nomad rugs and cushions, the Caspian throws look stunning over sofas and armchairs, adding calm to bedrooms or you can wrap them around your shoulders as an oversized shawl to keep you cosy on chilly spring evenings. Priced at £75 for the generously proportioned 200cm x 110cm size.
Making textiles from synthetics isn’t a new concept, but it’s estimated that making soft open yarn like Weaver Green’s from recycled plastic bottles uses as much as 70% less energy and almost 90% less water than creating them from scratch. It also makes much more valuable use of the precious resources that go into making the plastic bottles in the first place, like oil and water. Because the hard work of making the plastic is done already, the production processes can be fine-tuned to limit emissions and use as few resources as possible. For example, the yarn is produced using a closed water system that
constantly recycles, purifies and reuses the same water. The dying vats are heated by burning discarded rice and wheat husks, a by-product of local cereal farmers, in factories with low emission chimneys. All of this helps minimise the pollution from the production and reduces reliance on fossil fuels.
Weaver Green is also very concerned about the environmental impact of it's products. That’s why they use long strand yarn to improve tensile strength and reduce the risk of microfibre shedding. Although their textiles are machine washable, realistically they should only need that kind of deep clean on rare occasions. It's their goal to minimise waste plastic in packaging, opting whenever possible to use sustainable, recycled and recyclable paper and card alternatives.