supporting handmade, local, sustainable companies so that one day we may overtake the big boys..
we all live very different lives, and do our own part to take care of our environment. one of the basics that i work from are to encourage small businesses operating as consciously as they can to raise issues such as sweatshop labour, poverty, water usage, plastics and waste and create a counter revolution to end all of these things.
choosing to shop from your local maker instead of a high street store has so many beneficial affects on them and the community around them. eating food grown in your home county instead of importing it in, really does make a difference.
i made the decision a couple of years ago that living on the road was how i wanted to spend my life, as i believe that for me, it's the best and most sustainable way of living. i can use rainwater and fire to apply the dyes, solar to power my lighting and all important sound system and am able to support my local small businesses for things like firewood, organic food and clean water.
a hemp revolution is starting and i'm proud to be part of it.
the rate at which we consume unethical materials such as (non-organic) cotton and polymer based fabrics is astounding, especially when environmentally friendly replacements are available.
choosing organic clothing severely reduces the use of water and pesticides. going a step further and choosing fibres such as organic hemp and bamboo also means you're decreasing the amount of land needed to grow the plants, enriching the soil in these areas and improving the eco systems that the crops grow in. not only that, but you're picking a fabric which will be much kinder on your skin, will last longer and help to regulate your body temperature.
i encourage you all to go away and do your own research on hemp and bamboo and their use in fabrics and all other industries. don't just take my word for it, because lots of awesome people are doing some great work in this field.
taking raw, natural materials to create contemporary adventure apparel using earthy colour tones and hand printed designs,each product has its own vibe and not one is the same due to the minimalistic production process involved - wooden reclaimed print screens and just one girl and her sewing machine.
the sizes come up large, there are often paint and dye splatters on the sleeves and each size label is hand drawn on. there is a raw authenticity in each product, so the you can feel how much time, care and precision has been put into each one. all fabrics, components and techniques are in the interest of comfort, flexibility and keeping the body both warm and cool.
the house of bean aims not to categorise by age, gender or size, but to provide clothing that makes anyone feel they can explore any mountain, ocean, forest or city in practical and appealing garments. all whilst leaving a small a mark on the earth as possible.
"everything starts out plain and white, sourced only from ethical and sustainable manufacturers. as soon as fabric is delivered it gets dyed, printed, branded and turned into something wonderfully new. the roots are basic, the process is simplistic, but somehow, they work out pretty good"
bean is me! i am bean
the one that writes all of this crap, makes all the prints, dyes all the fabric, writes every address, stays up late all night making parcels, ruins friends showers with indigo dye and lives in a van.
but seriously, the house of bean is just a one man band run by a kid that gets a lot of help and inspiration from the great outdoors
unsuprisingly, bean is not my real name, that came about from my family calling me the human bean when i came into the world, the choice of 'the house of bean' came from my sister when i first had the idea as a kid, so i have her to thank for name really.