Emma Smith Textiles
When I started creating textiles there were a few things that were important to me, minimising waste (in all forms), creating long-lasting products, and transparency.
I wanted EST to be a slow design studio. There are already so many design objects out there in the world, and while some will be wonderful life-changing things and some end up landfill after only a few uses, all require resources and energy to make. Therefore, I wanted to only create textiles that people will want in their lives for years to come but also only make when the resources are available to me.
Small Scale Production.
All EST textiles are created in small batches. This allows me to use what is seasonably available in my local area. This will create variety across the year but also reduces our carbon footprint as I very rarely ship in dye powders (I will always specify on a product if I have). I also focus on repurposing first, as a small business I can focus on finding quality vintage or second-hand materials that I can revitalise with dye. I don’t have to worry about needing 500m of linen for a product launch.
As I produce small, it is more sustainable to use what I have. Using plant-based dye materials allows me to use up things that would only be composted. Plant-Based dyeing does require more time and water than synthetic dyes but, on the scale, I work that is outweighed by what we gain by not shipping in lab-produced dye material. Most of my textiles will be dyed with food waste and gathered materials from my kitchen, local businesses, and my local area.
As both a consumer and designer, I have grown frustrated with how difficult it has become to fully understand where your textiles are coming from. All my products and services come with an extensive explanation of the processes used and how the materials were sourced. I also think if we all want to be more sustainable, we need to share all the information we have. I hope my blog will give you some insight into my approach to sustainability and potentially some interesting things to learn.