The circular economy is when we truly remove disposal from our vocabulary, not only recycling materials a couple of times, but keeping them in play forever.
LILLY GILBERT, FOUNDER OF TALLIS
But let's go back a step further
If the circular economy is when we no longer throw anything away, we need to do more than just use by-products to make our beanies.
We need to design out textile waste from the start.
So, at Tallis we decided to plan ahead when we designed our jumpers.
This blue jumper has the lifetime guarantee called Forever Tallis. If you ever damage it, you can return it and we will make it into a hat for you like the one above, for free!
Shabby Cashmere Blend Crew - Blue
Lilly and her daughter
And we DIDN'T stop there
the extra mile
Our team doesn't just make great quality products, we show you how to use them sustainably for life. And if one day they become damaged, we want you to come to us and find a way to reuse them.
- We have bought back garments from our customers so they can be sold as Tallis Refurb in our Swiss store
- We mend items for customers or give them tips to do it at home
- We've restyled unworn hand-me-down coats into scarves or cushions
- We've emailed a customer in an emergency to help them undo a laundry shrinkage disaster (yes, it is possible with water and patience!)
- We have a yarn supplier who shreds unusable cashmere and wool to create yarns with which to knit new accessories
AND JUST LIKE THAT
we created a circular supply chain
At Tallis, we think about our products in sets and create a system around them to close the loop. Our products are made in high-quality materials, often by hand, and they are designed to last a lifetime, are worth mending, and even remain valuable after they're finished with.
Now that's worth shouting about.
Our approach reduces waste, because we see things which are usually thrown away as potentially valuable inputs for something new.
Through our blogs and customer community, we put the knowledge and power in your hands to live your most sustainable life.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Living like this is planet positive. Life on Earth relies on a cycle. If we follow this pattern of nature in everything we do too, the planet will be in balance.
We're all part of the story
6 Ways to think circular
- Invest in quality: one of the biggest parts of the circular economy is using products for as long as possible
- Use & wash products sustainably
- Up-cycle or resell clothes
- Think about the future of the product you’re buying at the moment you purchase it
- Use our online Eco Wardrobe Guide to make the most of your clothing
- Teach your children about sustainability, use our free Eco Treasure Hunt game!
Start a love affair with fish leatherShow me all fish leather accessories
Our fish leather is zero waste: it's a by-product of the fishing industry, using raw material that would otherwise go to waste. It is also eco-friendly because the production process makes use of renewable hydro and geothermal energy. Two aspects that support the circular use of natural resources.
Own your next tee shirt for lifeShow me all t-shirts
Just because you're not wearing your t-shirt any more isn't a reason to say goodbye. Make it into a reusable shopping bag and use it at the supermarket. Repurposing clothing which can no longer be worn avoids waste and supports the circular economy.
We need to stop leaving our mark and follow the example so beautifully given by nature the world over. It is vitally important that we make the right choices in what we produce and what we purchase. Everything should not only go further and last longer, but it must leave less damage.
Sophie bayliss, tallis team member
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