Feature Friday: Bennettandbates
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In 2014, Laura Bennett and Lara Bates launched bennettandbates, an ethical homeware company. After 14 years of friendship and design experience, the duo combined their skills, motivation and love of home goods to build a truly ethical brand. Bennettandbates reflect concerns about the negative social and environmental impact of the textile and retail industry. To combat this negative impacts, bennettandbates creates high-quality products with a classic, contemporary design to ensure that they will last for a while and not be thrown out after a few uses. All textile products are made with 100% organic fabrics, hand-dyed and screen printed with non-toxic dyes, and oxygen bleached, making them both environmentally safe and hypoallergenic.
To further promote their mission of ethical practices, bennettandbates chooses to work only with companies who are also kind to both people and the environment, creating an ethical and sustainable supply chain. Goods are only manufactured at companies that pay their workers fair wages and value craftsmanship. In addition, all packaging, stationary, and labeling is either recycled, reusable, or biodegradable to be as sustainable as possible.
Bennettandbates offers tea towels, napkins, table runners, placements, and cushions that are handmade in India by talented artisans and craftspeople. Since products are handmade, they are subject to slight variations, making each piece as unique as the artisan who created it. Bennettandbates only uses organically grown cotton, non-toxic dyes, and oxy-bleaches to reduce water pollution and its environmental footprint. Products draw influence from natural forms that are sketched, researched, and photographed prior to developing unique and elegant patterns. As bennetandbates moves forward, it hopes to increase its range of products to include luxurious organic bedding, naturally organic scented candles and exclusive Turkish Bergama towels and continue the spread of conscious consumerism.
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