LOCAL is sustainable
The demand created by big businesses for cheap mass produced products in Europe and the USA since the 1960's resulted in a loss of craftsmanship and often, a loss of community.
The availability of products at rock bottom prices is facilitated by cheap, or even slave labour. The demand is created by big businesses' need to pay to shareholders with no responsibility and satisfy the desire of customers disconnected from the reality of what they supporting.
The result of this practice is an unnecessarily complex global supply chain, negative impact on the environment and people. In short, global warming and financial and cultural poverty.
Locally, we've also lost the skilled people needed to provide for our community in self sufficient manner. We've allowed corporations and governments to trade essential skills that make communities thrive for an international supply chain that has deskilled people in economically powerful counties and help poor in poverty.
This is not sustainable. At Lane we aim to build a business that readdresses the balance.
Our approach to design, manufacturing and business is to build a sustainable range of home ware and accessories that is built from the unique skills and materials that we find locally and in the UK. Where we are not able to source locally, our aim is to identify practitioners worldwide that share our values.
At times this feels like an impossible task, as trying to trace certain materials and processes through the global supply chain is a complex task. However we persist and we aim to make our things simply by working with manufacturers and craftspeople that we know, trust and have personally visited.
Our selection process for materials & Manufacturing
We currently work with a range of craftsmen and manufacturers to make products solely in the UK. We work closely with these partners to manufacture to their strengths and to maximise their skills. We work on a long-term partnership basis and will not compromise quality and relationship for price.
The materials manufacturers
Most of our main materials are made in the UK by some of the most reputable companies in the world. We work with manufacturers that are committed to craft, quality and sustainable manufacturing. Many of these businesses have been key parts of their community for years and are the gatekeepers of rare sets of skills that cannot be lost to future generations. On the occasions we are not able to source from the UK, we look to find international suppliers that share these values.
The raw ingredients
Whilst the majority of our materials are sourced in the UK, the ingredients of those materials may be from elsewhere. For example, the fabric for our Twin Tone Cushions is made in Scotland but the raw wool is sourced from Italy and New Zealand. This is because the wool that is required and provides the correct level of performance is not farmed in the UK. We're continually working with all suppliers to ensure the their raw ingredients are sustainably produced.
Components such as electrical parts or zips on cushions are often the most tricky to trace as they are usually made of plastics or metals which are part of complex global supply chains. Understanding the sustainability of such items is very much a work in progress and we'll update this section when we know more.