At Devon Duvets, we have always been committed to responsible sourcing. It has been at the heart of what makes us tick, since Dick and Pauline Beijen founded the company over 10 years ago as we feel we all have a responsibility to help protect the world for future generations.
For our award-winning wool bedding, we only ever use certified 100% British 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 and milled in British mills, without the use of bleaches or chemical treatments before being individually hand stitched into 100% natural cotton casings by our expert seamstresses, here in Devon.
Our plant-based Botanic duvets are made from fibres containing TencelÔLyocell, made from 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.
We’ve also worked hard to make sure that all of our packaging is either recyclable or reusable.
So, it’s not really surprising that 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
The good news is that 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 by other manufacturers or businesses in the UK, including off cuts from our duvet fillings and duvet casings.
For example, if you use lined rubber gloves at home for household chores, chances are that you’ve already been using one of our recycled products. The ‘offcuts’ from our 100% natural cotton duvet casings are baled up into pallets and collected by a rubber glove manufacturer. The cotton is then recycled and used to create the soft lining inside the gloves. Even those who’ve never purchased one of our handcrafted Devon Duvets may be experiencing the soft cotton we use for our duvet casings, without even being aware of it.
We also recycle all cardboard, paper and any plastic items. Again, it is baled up onto pallets and collected for recycling into new packaging and other items.
Even our own product packaging is either suitable for recycling or reusing. Our products come in reusable bags, with zips, that are useful for storing any number of items (see our suggestions in one of our earlier blogs).
We’re not going to rest on our laurels though but will continue to find ways to get to the magic 100% by reducing, reusing and recycling any waste as a result of our work.