At Devon Duvets, we have the Environment and the well-being of our Planet at the heart of our business, with every decision made taking into account the impact our actions and operations make on our precious resources.
Sustainability and responsible sourcing have been at the heart of Devon Duvets, since before we were even making our products, so we wanted to write a bit about the cotton fabric that we use for the casings for our 100% British wool and 100% British alpaca wool duvets.
We are all increasingly aware of the importance of doing what we can to help protect our beautiful planet. So, in the spirit of building a more sustainable life, we can all do our bit to be more eco-friendly this Christmas season. With that in mind, we’ve found some great ideas to share - all of which will help give planet Earth a gift this Christmas.
Posted: August 09, 2021
Here at Devon Duvets, we’ve always been committed to a Zero Waste policy and we’re very close to achieving it! We wrote a blog last yearabout how some of our fabric ‘waste’ is used by other companies to create products - and now we’ve found a wonderful local business who can turn our old pallets into fabulous garden furniture and a range of useful household items.
Posted: April 12, 2021
On the 22nd April, the world stops and pauses for Earth Day.
On this day, more and more of us make a conscious effort to conserve energy, and think about our impact on our beautiful planet.
We can all make a difference, however small it may seem at the time – and at Devon Duvets, sustainability and our impact on the environment is always at the heart of every decision we make throughout the year.
For example, we only ever use 100% certified British wool in our award-winning wool bedding. We buy our wool from British farmers who only shear in the Spring and Summer, when the sheep naturally need to lose their winter fleeces. Our wool is then cleaned in British mills, without the use of bleachor chemicals, and needled into a soft fluffy layer. The wool is then individually hand stitched into 100% natural cotton casings by our expert seamstresses, here in Devon. So when you buy a wool duvet from us, you can be confident you are getting a product that’s 100% sustainable and 100% natural.
As an alternative to wool, our 100% plant-based Botanic duvets are made with fibres containing TENCEL™Lyocell, created from certified sustainable wood sources, through an Eco award-winning process. As with our 100% British wool duvets, each of our Botanic duvets is handcrafted by our seamstresses at our Devon workshops. Also an award-winner, our Botanic range was the first bedding of its type to be registered by the Vegan Society.
In fact, our aim is to be sustainable in our everyday processes here at our Devon workshops, and this includes our long-held commitment to achieving a ‘zero waste’ policy. We’re almost there and are proud to say that over 99% of everything we produce in terms of ‘waste’ is either reused or recycled. For example, one well known rubber glove brand creates the lining for their gloves using offcuts from our beautifully soft 100% natural cotton mattress topper casings!
The World Sleep Society (WSS) promotes and celebrates World Sleep Day each year. This year is the 14th annual World Sleep Day and it’s set for 19th March 2021. The aim of World Sleep Day is for sleep professionals to advocate and educate the world about the importance of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle and the theme of this year’s event is ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’.
We know how lucky we are to be based in Devon! When our founders, Dick and Pauline, left their busy international careers 12 years ago, they decided to settle on Dartmoor because they loved the area and wanted to enjoy all its natural beauty and the outdoor lifestyle.
Posted: April 30, 2020
You spend an average of 7-8 hours out of every 24 in bed and so what you sleep under is incredibly important if you want to be sure of a restful night’s sleep.
At Devon Duvets we take sleep very seriously and our seamstresses at our Devon workshops take great care in handcrafting our certified 100% British wool duvets. Wool is such a beautiful natural and sustainable product that we want to keep it as close as possible to the way nature intended.
Wool has many wonderful features, including being naturally breathable and temperature regulating, helping to keep you cool when it’s hot, yet lovely and snuggly when it’s cold. As it is dust mite resistant and also resistant to the build-up of micro bacteria, it is naturally anti-allergy, which means it is the perfect bedding for those suffering from asthma or other allergies. It is also naturally fire retardant.
We only ever buy top quality 100% British wool from British farmers, who have the highest standards of animal husbandry and who only shear live sheep in the spring and summer when they naturally need shearing. Our wool is certified by British Wool, the organisation responsible for collecting and grading British wool on behalf of the farmers.
Our wool is then sent to British mills for cleaning (known as ‘scouring’). No chemicals or bleaches are used in the cleaning process – better for you and better for the environment. The wool is then needled to create ‘loft’, trapping air between the fibres and creating a luxuriously soft wool layer.
Some wool duvet companies use wool that has been treated with chemicals to make it ‘washable’ but we don’t do this for two main reasons. Firstly, the chemicals used for this process are usually a form of chlorine gas, followed by a coating to smooth the wool fibres. When washed out, these chemicals can enter the wastewater systems and, if so, impacts on the environment. At Devon Duvets we are com
Posted: February 04, 2020
At Devon Duvets we are committed to making and selling natural products that are responsible and ethical. Products that don’t end up in landfill and will either biodegrade or are recyclable.
This means that we’ve had to work hard on not only ensuring that our products fulfil our criteria but also finding the right sort of packaging to fit the same bill. Our packaging is all recyclable, but it doesn’t have to be discarded; it can also be reused in all sorts of useful ways to help with storage around your home, particularly our inner bags. We’ve all put our heads together to come up with some suggestions and we’re sure that there are lots more that we haven’t thought of – but you will!
It sounds impossible but it isn’t…thanks to a pioneering fibre manufacturing process that’s enabled our expert seamstresses in our Devon workshops to create a natural, 100% sustainable product that’s made from trees.