During my life I have also worked and volunteered on many practical conservation projects throughout the UK. Over many years, I eventually became an experienced woodland craftsperson, gaining great insight into the mental benefits of unplugging from the digital world, and living a simple life, working with nature, in a plastic-free natural environment. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do this, making lifelong friends in the process.
For this new business venture, I have often grappled with how I can create a ‘greener’ pattern design business in the wake of consumerism, fashion industry waste, pollution and climate change. Personally, I try to stay vigilant of my energy use and materials, recycling where I can – and offsetting when I can’t. My aim here is to create a simple, efficient business model that not only benefits people, but also the environment too.
Coupling my life long love of trees and the benefits they provide us; I have committed to planting five new trees for every pattern design sold to offset the carbon footprint of my business. This will be measured and recorded over time. It is my hope is that this small start will grow into a much bigger project in future. With the help of eco conscious buyers, I would love to start creating an entirely new woodland in Shropshire!