Wouldn’t You Though?
Take a good long look at this picture of a snuggly, beautiful blanket and tell me what else you see? Go on, have a good gawk…
Did you spot the bottle? No? How about this one? Try pressing your nose against the screen like those magic eye things, don’t be shy…
Still nothing? Okaaaay, last chance…
OK I admit it, this isn’t some sort of optical illusion and there is no prize, but there is a bottle, I promise you. A plastic one; in fact, probably several hundred of them. Because these little blankety beauties from Salcombe-based textile geniuses Weaver Green are all made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Clever, no?
At this time of year, you’ll usually find me pinned to the sofa next to the fire under a blanket, like a toddler attached to her favourite comforter. So I was overjoyed to find these for a little new year refresh, which not only come in some beautiful patterns, but are soft – like surprisingly soft – warm and, squeak, good for the environment!
Don’t ask me to explain the science in too much depth because I can’t – and I’m not sure I’d want to spoil the magic. But after a little digging, I do know that some clever artisans (working under safe and fair conditions, by the way) are shredding and spinning our plastic waste into colourful yarn, weaving it into useful things that look and feel like premium wool.
Weaver Green’s emergence on the textiles scene has been game-changing for the increasingly environmentally-conscious interiors world. At the prestigious Top Drawer event in 2015, where they launched with an affordable range of rugs and bags, the response was one of much glee and excitement. Encouraged by the demand, the Devon-based designers realised the potential. And a year down the line, their core product range keeps getting better and better with new patterns and colourways coming thick and fast
They’ve nailed the boring practical bit too, because each piece comes with the promise of being stain resistant, machine washable and indestructible in the face of moths and dust mites, so great for allergy sufferers and serial shiraz spillers. And, as a bit of a footnote (sorry), if you’ve spent years, like me, searching for a doormat that doesn’t say ‘wipe your feet’, ‘we’re all a bit mad here’, or ‘enter only if you brought gin’, then rejoice because the search stops here. Because the rugs are waterproof, mould resistant, UV stable, easy-to-clean and hardwearing, one of the smaller ones make for a much more stylish alternative in, or outside the door.
There are 35 billion plastic bottles lying around. Do the right thing, people and win bonus style points while you’re at it; your planet needs you!
Blankets and throws £40. Bags £45. Rugs and runners come in 6 sizes from £40 – £885. Various stockists in Devon and nationwide, visit weavergreen.com