Claire Gaudion are committed to delivering exceptional quality with an honest and transparent work ethic. We continually review each step in our design process and supply chain in terms of sustainability, from new product developments to manufacturing and the management of our waste materials.
Here are some of the things we are doing:
DESIGN & MANUFACTURING
All our products are designed by Claire Gaudion in our rural Hampshire studio, and almost all our production is done in the UK. The specialist British mills that weave our collections include a traditional mill in Wales, weaving on heritage shuttle looms, a fine woollen mill using rapier looms in the North West of England, and a mill on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland. We are proud to work with such highly-skilled and respected British weavers, and to facilitate local production supporting UK manufacturing.
Our printed collections are made using digital print processes. Modern digital print technologies are far more environmentally conscious that traditional screen printing methods, requiring significantly less water for steaming and washing, and 50 -90% less energy for drying fabrics. Our contract grade fabrics are printed with a sublimation techinique, where water consumption is reduced dramatically to 1% compared to more conventional printing processes.
The exception to our UK production is our rug collection. Designed in our UK studio, our Rugs are made by our collaborative partners, HI RUGS. Based in London and India, HI RUGS combines ancient craft skills and modern day technology with a responsible work ethic and support for local communities in India where the rugs are produced by their own weavers.
We source our raw materials from as locally as possible, and mostly from UK suppliers. Our cashmere is manufactured on the banks of Lochleven, Kinross in Scotland where our suppliers combine the finest quality cashmere fibre with the purity of Scottish water and the skill of traditional craftspeople to create the world's finest cashmere yarn. Our lambswool comes from one of the oldest and most respected of British textile companies, who have been spinning the finest quality woollen spun yarns in Mills in Yorkshire and Scotland since 1766.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Based in our rural Hampshire studio, our electricity-powered machinery is powered by 100% renewable sources; made from the wind, sun and sea, guaranteed by our electricity supplier. Striving to make their energy as green as possible, our supplier reports the carbon content or ‘footprint’ of their energy each year. During the winter months our facility is heated almost exclusively by carbon-neutral wood-burning technology using locally sourced timber. A small proportion of our heating in the winter months is fuelled by refined oil which is a necessity in our rural location. Claire Gaudion is continually striving to balance economical viability with minimum ecological impact.
MINIMAL WASTE & RECYCLING POLICIES
Our production is primarily made to order, which means we have more control over our production and stock requirements. All production processes incorporate some waste materials, but we minimize this wherever possible. We recycle all fabric off-cuts into new products, swatches, or donate these to charity.