Ethics & Environment

Jacaranda makes beautiful carpets and rugs, with an eye always on ethics and our environment

Natural fibres

We believe that wool makes great carpets. Sheep grow new fleeces every year so wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable too. Wool is soft and warm but hard-wearing and naturally fire retardant. Wool fibres are naturally coated in lanolin providing stain resistance. For those that love shine, we hand-weave with the botanic fibre TENCEL™, winner of the “European Award for the Environment”.

Environmental certification

Jacaranda’s Natural Weave Herringbone, Hexagon or Square, Harrington, Heyford and Holcot all carry the Prodis rating. This is a European test which sets strict maximum levels for VOC emissions and chemicals. Manufacturers have to limit environmental impact and enhance user-friendliness through the entire life-cycle of the carpet, from production to recyclability. www.pro-dis.info/gut.

U.Roberto Romano, courtesy of GoodWeave

Ethical labour practices

Handmaking floorcoverings is extremely labour intensive and we at Jacaranda need to be sure that everyone concerned is well treated, and that no children are involved in our production. For this reason, we have for many years supported GoodWeave and our factories never know when GoodWeave’s inspectors may arrive.

GoodWeave was founded in 1994 by Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi and his international organization has worked tirelessly to eradicate child labour from production via its unique labelling scheme, which includes independent, unannounced producer inspections, monitoring and certification. He was recognized in 2014 with a Nobel Peace Prize, for his drive to ensure that children should have their childhood restored, so they can laugh, learn and play. GoodWeave provides educational opportunities to children in weaving communities and works to ensure the fair treatment of adult carpet weavers.

Please do visit www.goodweave.org.uk.

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