GWITHIAN

ethics

supporting handmade, local, sustainable companies so that the makers of this world may thrive

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 have lived on and off the road for five years and i am sure that this is how i want 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. photo on the right here shows one of the many shops i've set up beside my van.

the company is run primarily from ballagh microfarm in devon, uk, which is also the home of 'zero soap' www.zerosoap.info and 'ballagh botanicals' www.ballaghbotanicals.co.uk . over the next couple of seasons a natural dye garden will be born on this site, watch this space for more information and hopefully workshops regarding this!

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hemp & eco fabrics

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.

 

 

process

taking simple, natural materials to create contemporary adventure apparel using earthy colour tones and hand printed designs,each product has its own story and not one is the same due to the minimalistic production process involved - handmade print screens, one person on a sewing machine and one person working from home in London who makes bi-monthly deliveries of gorgeous naturally dyed hemp fabric. the latter is a wonderful human named Zuzana www.zunacreations.com

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.

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