Sustainability



As an ethically conscious company, it is important to us that we supply our customers with as much information as we can regarding our product supply chain. We strive to strike a balance between maintaining our ethical and environmental integrity as a company, while offering an inspiring range of reasonably priced fabrics. By providing affordable fabrics and encouraging the #memade revolution, we are educating the world as to the time, skill and manpower that goes into creating a garment from scratch! As a company, we believe that this is the most important message we can communicate to the world, and hope by encouraging home sewing we will, in-turn, encourage more thoughtful purchasing habits in the future. All of the information we have available about our supply chain is included in this page, which is kept up to date.

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Supply Chain Transparency

The stock we offer in stores and online is predominantly sourced as deadstock, meaning our fabrics are end-of-line, mill overruns, cancelled orders or designer excess. These fabrics are typically deemed a waste product in the fashion industry and would usually end up as landfill. Over the years we have formed close relationships with some of the best designer-end suppliers, both internationally and locally, in order to bring you a wonderfully unique range of high quality stock without the waste or ethical implications of constant mass-manufacture.


Exclusive Linen — Vintage Finish

Our new Vintage Finish Linens feature a uniquely ‘worn-in’ look and super soft handle. This finish is achieved through careful selection of Belgian-origin flax fibres, a specialized spinning process and a cold-pad batch dyeing system, certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. OEKO-TEX testing ensures that these fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (to name a few), as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website: https://www.oeko-tex.com/

We work with a company based in Hong Kong to produce this collection. We chose them to produce this range based on an existing, trusted relationship purchasing designer deadstock fabrics, as they also mill fabrics for a number of high-end ready-to-wear fashion brands based in New York and Europe. Our Vintage Finish Linens are dyed by a cold-pad batch dyeing method which requires far less water usage and energy consumption, no salts or humectants and no bio-polishing. This is a slower process with smaller dye batches per colour, allowing the mill a greater degree of control and accuracy.


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Exclusive Linen — Plain Weave

Our original plain weave Midweight and Heavyweight Linens are produced by a family- owned company based in Hong Kong, with yarns spun from European-sourced flax fibres. Much the same as our Vintage Finish range, we also chose to work with them on our exclusive linen range based on an existing deadstock supply relationship, coupled with the fact that they are compliant with China REACH Regulations.

China REACH is a regulation developed by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and is modelled closely on the EU REACH regulation. China REACH focuses on improving the health of workers and environmental effects by regulating the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacture. For more information on China REACH visit the following website: https://www.chemsafetypro.com/


Premium Merino

We’re taking local to a whole new level with our new ZQ Premium Merino range, produced in partnership with ZQ, the world leader for ethical wool. ZQ represents the wool of choice for world-class brands and stands for quality, sustainability and connection, from the New Zealand farmers through to our home-sewing community.

This partnership allows us here at The Fabric Store to trace our merino right back to its source farms, connecting us to the values, vision and ethical farming systems that went into its production. Considered guardians of the environment, each of these New Zealand farms maintain individual long term supply contracts with ZQ. These contracts provide sustainable wool price-points for farmers, meaning they are able to produce ‘fit-for-purpose’ fibre, be recognised for their values and ethical farming systems, and have income stability. We love that these ZQ contracts give us the certainty that our merino is consistent in fibre quality, traceable to source, meets environmental sustainability benchmarks and adheres to animal welfare and social responsibilities.


This ZQ merino is milled for us by a heritage company, originally based in New Zealand and now located in Vietnam, with over 50 years in the business. We have a long and trusting relationship with this mill, which is a Bluesign System Partner and provides a MAPP performance guarantee. The resulting ZQ Premium Merino fabric from these partnerships is a super-soft 100% merino, 18.9 micron single jersey knit at 190gsm and we know you will love it! We are so excited about this new focus for our merino and will be releasing exclusive core ZQ Premium Merino colours over the coming months, whilst we slowly phase out our previous Premium 195gsm Merino quality. You’ll see a few favourites brought through in this new ZQ range, plus a bunch of seasonal short-run tones in the mix.

Learn more about our sustainable new ZQ Premium Merino range here.


Liberty of London

Our Liberty fabrics are supplied direct to us from Liberty of London. Liberty fabrics are printed in Italy, and as of 2018 the company has signed up to BCI initiative which exists to improve the conditions of cotton workers, as well as the environment it grows in. Liberty of London are also members of Oeko-Tex, who conduct regular tests to ensure their fabrics are safe for the consumer, and free of harmful chemicals.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. The BCI and Innovation Fund is a global programme designed to support the Initiative in its goals of reaching five million farmers in key cotton-producing countries and have Better Cotton account for 30% of global cotton production. For more information visit their website: https://bettercotton.org/

The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. OEKO-TEX testing ensures that Liberty’s fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (to name a few), as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website: https://www.oeko-tex.com/


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Environmental Ethos

We are proud to say that all of our paper packaging and paper retail components are FSC certified! Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, independent, non-governmental, not for profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. Products carrying the FSC® label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

FSC certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices including the protection of wildlife habitats and high conservation value forests, annual forest management, worker safety and well-being, respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and communities, the safeguarding of waterways and the reduction of pesticide use.


Our paper packaging and carry bags are coloured with non-toxic vegetable based inks, which are less harmful to the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts! Vege inks release significantly fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere during the drying process, and also allow our printers to use water-based products to clean their printing press after production.

Placed a mail order with one of our stores or made a purchase online recently? Your order will have been delivered to you in one of our fabulous mailer bags, made from degradable, recyclable plastic under EPI certification number 3040608306. We encourage you to recycle and reuse these where possible!

We strive for responsible internal practices in all of our locations and our new Head Office and warehouse is at the forefront of this thinking with energy efficient lighting, heating and appliances as well as a worm farm, rainwater filtering system and solar panels. We practise diligent recycling within all our branches and everything from fabric and paper scraps to plastic shipping bags are separated out and re-used or recycled in some way. Our choices for all sundry items like cleaning products, sellotape and printing paper are all made with the environment in mind and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our choices.

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Please Note: This page is kept up to date, and contains all the information we have on our fabric origin, production, certification as well as our buying process. However, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to answer as best we can.