How to do your bit for the environment with woollen alternatives

If you have been keeping up with my recent blogs, you will know that a few months ago, I attended my first TEDX talk in Northwich, and I have really been inspired by all of the women which I have seen. One of the TEDX talks which has resonated with me in particular is Sarah Turner and her ‘Magical Material of Wool’ talk.

Sarah Turner creates a range of woollen products from dryer balls, sheep felted soap and laundry balls. These products are a natural solution to the plastic alternatives which are so often used over less harmful options. But why is this necessary?

Plastic does not decompose for over 450 years, meaning any plastic wrapping you will have seen recently will take that long to disappear! Using recycled and biodegradable materials can massively decrease the amount of plastic on landfill- so why not change your options, especially when it comes to homeware.

Using products like wool can be great for upholstery projects due to its extremely hard-wearing fibres which can be bent into themselves 20,000 times over without breaking, compared to cotton which is 3000. This is why it makes such a good material for furniture as it will last for years. 

If you would like to read more about how you can do your bit for the environment and use wool alternatives take a look at Sarah’s blog on her website Little Beau Sheep.

Alternatively, if you would like to upholster a piece of furniture, we at Semper Hopkins source and use recycled wool fabrics from suppliers such as Bute and Linwood, when giving your loved pieces of furniture a makeover.

Do you need help choosing a sustainable upholstery fabric for your next upholstery project or custom made piece of furniture handmade from our Cheshire workshop?

We can help you:

👍🏻 Choose a fabric you will adore, as well as considering all the practical things that you might not have thought of.

👍🏻 Add design details and flourishes that will give your piece a new, unique character.

The end result is a totally personal and unique piece that you’ll love. Get in touch to start your project call on 01260 609 021 or email

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