All of our products are made in small batches, reducing waste and Intertwined’s environmental footprint. In many cases, our products are produced with little electricity using traditional wooden looms and even pedal sewing machines.
Creating a new life for vintage handwoven fabrics has become one of our biggest passions. And it’s a passion that we all can feel good about: reuse is more important than recycling in the three “R”s of sustainability.
SUSTAINABLY GROWN FABRICS
In choosing a signature fabric for the back of our pillows, we learned a lot about hemp and nettle. These fabrics are made from the fibers of industrial hemp and Himalayan nettle, plants that grow in northern India and Nepal. Both plants grow quickly with no pesticides and less water than other natural fibers.
Did you know that many perfectly good, brand new fabrics are discarded by businesses every day? We partner with FabScrap, a NYC non-profit that collected 305,977 pounds of discarded fabrics in 2021 alone. FabScrap recovers fabrics from high-end designers in New York City, recycles proprietary material and resales its other collected textiles. With our purchases from FabScrap we’ve also been able to provide sewing work for Afghan refugees living in Greensboro.