Sustainability & Provenance
My core ethos for sourcing materials, is its provenance, based on where did the material come from and how sustainable is it for the future of our planet.
I use materials that are often by-products of other industries, repurposed, saved from landfill and waste. I work with materials that are compostable at the end of their life and my metal hardware is fully recyclable. It has taken me a number of years to find suppliers who have the same ethos and want to preserve and look after their environment. I have a zero waste philosophy so I will incorporate the waste material from larger items into smaller designs and artwork.
My British leather goods are made from world renowned oak-bark, veg-tanned full grain leather, with the hides coming from Cornwall and Devon herds. J & FJ Baker & Co tannery uses oak bark vegetation in the tanning process. The oak bark is stripped from trees from managed forests in Northern England.
My sheepskin liners and fleece are from Dartmoor and my colour waxed veg tanned leather is from Badalassi Carlo tannery in Tuscany, Italy. My leather goods are designed with consideration and to value the life given, turning a food by-product into exceptional, quality leather goods.
My French and Irish linen is from designer warehouses, at production batch end, or limited editions runs.
Any denim used is either vintage and repurposed, or made in Italy, in an environmentally conscious way, using innovative processes to conserve our planet.
I hand abstract ink-marble cork for some of my products, using the natural or white cork fabric and then seal with my BEESROC Dartmoor beeswax balm. This organic fabric comes from Portugal and is sustainably harvested by a skilled cork harvester, taken from mature Cork Oak trees, by peeling off the bark. Harvesting each mature tree only occurs every 10 years, with some trees being as old as 200 years. This is a very sustainable and environmentally conscious material. No chemicals are used in the cork fabric production.
The copper thread used in my textile vessels and accessories, is a by-product of the electrical industry, stripped from electrical cable, saving it from landfill. My metal hardware, is fully recyclable and is forged in a foundry in the Midlands, England and a local iron monger in the South Hams.
My paper used in my artwork is hand made here in England, using recycled cotton, a by-product from the fashion industry. My printed cards are printed in England with sustainable inks and paper.
I use plastic-free packaging, made here in the UK. My larger leather pieces are complimentary gift-wrapped in linen or hemp bags, which can then be repurposed by my customers.
ROCWORX is an eco-conscious brand, constantly learning and evolving to help reduce any environmental impact of the business on our planet.