Camira Fabrics Training
Last week I went on some product training at the Camira fabrics factory in Meltham, Huddersfield. The journey was interesting to say the least and I'm glad I didn't have to learn how to drive in that neck of the woods. The roads take hill starts to a whole new level - I had to drive up one in 1st gear for what felt like a mile. I also went down a road called 'Doddle Lane' - this narrow cobble road on a hill, with brick walls either side and I'm telling you now it was not a doddle at all to get down!! I got there in one piece thankfully, on time and with no accidents. Phew!
Vision, mission & values in Sustainable design
Camira design and manufacture the most innovative, adventurous, environmentally sensitive fabrics in the world and it was great learning about their vision, mission and values in sustainable design. We were given a tour around the enormous factory and also learnt about what the fabrics are made from ; it was fascinating to see the design, testing and making process and I didn't realise how complicated it actually is. The entire fabric making and dying process takes approximately 3-4 weeks. I'm used to visiting furniture factories and seeing how the furniture is made but then to understand what actually happens before that stage was really interesting. So when a client rings last-minute expecting a sofa in 2 weeks, it is easier to understand why that is highly unlikely to be achieved!
products made from sustainable Natural Materials - wool, hemp and nettles
A lot of their fabrics are made completely from wool and they are leading the way in natural bast fibre products from harvested plants including nettles and hemp. I also found out that they re-cycle old coffee bean sacks from Starbucks to make one of their fabrics! It was really interesting to find out how the natural properties of certain materials make them much easier to clean, more breathable and some have natural fire retardant properties meaning they meet legislation without needing to be sprayed with chemicals. All in all they are products that we really should be using to help improve our environment, instead of synthetic materials that will sit in a landfill for years.
As you can see, the few examples of fabrics above show you that their collection is not what you would expect for sustainable materials - they are fashionable, colourful and really interesting to look at. They can be used in design schemes to create inspirational interiors 🙂 I really like the quilted Blazer fabrics and they look great upholstered on chairs and sofa's.
I have decided that I am going to make it my goal to help the environment more in work and at home. I haven't really paid much attention to it before stupidly but it really is an important issue that we all need to address. To start I am going to recycle as much as I can, take my own bags when shopping ( we use too many plastic bags it's silly, I am so guilty of it and I have a whole cupboard full of them) and lastly, in work I am going to try my best to push using sustainable products as much as I can, where possible!!
Find out more about Camira Fabrics :- www.camirafabrics.com
*All photo's sourced from the Camira Website