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Why We Use Recycled Cotton for Our Luxury Beach Blankets

Why We Use Recycled Cotton for Our Luxury Beach Blankets

Luxurious Blankets Shouldn’t Cost the Earth

As a responsible, small Cornish business our aim is to tread as lightly as possible on this beautiful planet we call home. From the manufacturing to the shipping, right down to the packaging and labelling, we know that being as responsible as possible is as important to our customers as it is to us as a brand. This is our guiding ethos in everything we do, and our eco-friendly recycled cotton blankets are no exception.

In the wake of recent climate control initiatives such as COP26, sustainability continues to be at the forefront of all our minds. Scientists warn the policy makers that every extra fraction of a degree of global heating will have dire consequences, so it is vital to act now.  

a field of cotton

Brands Working Together to Eradicate Textile Waste

To meet the high demands of the latest fashion trends, many retailers produce inexpensive, single-use, non-durable garments which have a short wear-life and quickly end up in landfill. Textile waste is estimated to equal 25 billion pounds a year and most of this ends up in landfill. 

Did you know… 

  • It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt
  • 84 percent of clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators
  • In just one year (2018), 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills
  • Textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills

Cotton production can also encourage other damaging processes, such as land clearance/habitat destruction to make way for crops, and then using polluting pesticides and chemicals to protect these crops. 

This is not ok. 

When we read that 10% of worldwide CO2 comes from clothing, we wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Here at The Cornish Surfer we work hard to keep clothing out of landfills by changing how we produce our textiles and ensuring that everything is made using recycled cotton right here in the UK.

By moving our production from Austria to Britain we are able to be more hands-on so that we can perfect the feel and look of our product ranges, whilst still treading lightly with an eco-conscious mind.

The British family-owned textile company we chose to partner with has been producing beautiful textiles for almost 150 years from their weaving mill in Lancashire, the heart of the UK textile industry. They are meticulous when it comes to quality and high standards, and we knew that the level of softness and luxury we demanded for our blankets could only be achieved by such a manufacturer.  

recycled cotton blankets being made

Beautiful Recycled Cotton Blankets from the UK

Recycled cotton is certainly not a new concept, but using it to create our blankets is a vital part of helping us to be a more sustainable and responsible business. By using recycled cotton we are helping to reduce the amount of energy, water and dye which is used in the cotton production process.

By harnessing a more cyclical manufacturing process we can help to protect the climate and keep textiles out of landfill. We often think about recycling plastic, cardboard and glass, but less so cotton. Recycled cotton can be generally defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fibre which can then go on to be reused in textile products. 

making recycled cotton blankets

The recycled cotton which is used to make our luxuriously soft recycled cotton blankets comes from primary textile waste which is where waste clippings from the clothing industry are collected, sorted according to colour and quality, then taken back to the original fibre.

This is then blended with minor quantities of viscose and polyacrylic (for colour uniformity). The blended fibres then undergo a special spinning process to create the high-quality yarn that is used to weave our beach blankets. Customers are often surprised at the cloudsoft nature of our recycled cotton blankets and we love seeing their eyes light up at the first touch… they really have to be felt to be believed.   

Blankets So Soft You’ll Wonder Why You Waited So Long…

Whether you use yours as a picnic blanket, a sofa throw, baby blanket, or as a deliciously warm wraparound after a dip in the sea… our blankets are made to last and we encourage you to care for them and use them for as long as possible.

With their distinctive designs, hand-stitched finish and supersoft feel, our luxury recycled cotton blankets are everything you hope they will be and so much more… When you buy recycled cotton blankets from the Cornish Surfer, you buy happy in the knowledge that you’re not only choosing the finest UK interior style, but you’re also doing your bit for Mother Earth. And that is priceless. 

Take a look at our collection of luxury beach blankets and recycled cotton baby blankets to decide which will become your family favourite. If you’d like to speak to Anouska directly about trade or media enquiries please get in touch and she’ll be delighted to chat.

Recycled cotton blanket in red