People often ask how it came to be that a cider-maker and flooring specialist ended up making recycled plastic rugs and textiles from discarded plastic bottles. It's a fair question, and one we're only too happy to answer.
It all started when our founders, Tasha and Barney were travelling in Asia and stumbled across a very rudimentary fishing rope, made from unraveled plastic bottles, lids and all. Used to tether fishing boats, the rope was both strong and waterproof, and offered a moment of inspiration to the intrepid couple. Could they take some of the mountains of plastic waste that is polluting our seas and landfill and turn it into a useful and practical yarn?
With a long history in the flooring industry, Barney was no stranger to the intricacies of weaving houses throughout the world, while Tasha’s organic drinks business and love of antique textiles gave the couple a strong environmental ethos. The opportunity to help clear up some of the 35 billion plastic bottles that end up in our seas and landfill every year was too good to miss so Tasha and Barney began exploring the many ways that this practical, robust material could be given a second, more long-term use within our homes and gardens.
The biggest challenge was perfecting the means to turn hard plastic into lovely open fibres that would provide all of the softness and texture of wool. It took 7 years to create the perfect textile, that not only has the look and feel of wool, but is also machine washable, stain resistant, environmentally friendly and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Today, back in their Devonshire home, Tasha and Barney and the Weaver Green team are excited to offer beautiful recycled rugs, blankets, footstools, cushions and bags that offer all of the benefits of plastic without any compromise in style, feel or value. We hand loom all our lovely textiles and use artisans throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia to make our gorgeous, soft, practical products.
We take care to ensure that everyone involved in the process of turning a discarded plastic bottle into a beautiful herringbone rug or a Juno bag is treated fairly and paid accordingly. Our South East Asian and Turkish weavers are independently inspected to ensure the safe and fair working conditions of our craftsmen and women, while we finish all of our textiles in our Devon based rug rooms.