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Skye Weavers: using pedal power to make beautiful woollens

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Skye Weavers: using pedal power to make beautiful woollens

Skye Weavers create beautiful woollen products with a difference — they use a bicycle pedal-powered loom! We share their fascinating story... It was a shared love of cycling that first brought Roger and Andrea Holden together. It’s a love that has also inspired — and powered — their business, Skye Weavers. Andrea is from Germany and first met Roger, now her husband, during a cycling holiday on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. At the time, Andrea says, Roger was working on the ‘very inspiring’ farm of Ardalanish, near Bunessan, where the owners wove the wool from their own Hebridean...

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Trakke: quality, locally handcrafted products for travel and adventure

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Trakke: quality, locally handcrafted products for travel and adventure

We talk to Alec Farmer, founder of Trakke — an innovative business that uses local resources to make durable bags and outdoor gear... Alec Farmer's moment of accidental inspiration came when he was a graphic design student, riding fixed wheel bikes, hanging out with bike couriers in Glasgow and looking for just the right kind of bag. He couldn’t find a messenger bag that combined the ‘simplicity and longevity’ he was after. Alec happened to have a sewing machine in his flat. He says that although his mum had taught him sewing as a child, he didn’t have any real...

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Banton Frameworks: eye-catching spectacle frames with a difference 

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Banton Frameworks: eye-catching spectacle frames with a difference 

We talk to the co-founders of Banton Frameworks, an ethical eyewear manufacturer which produces quality handmade glasses frames from its purpose-built UK workshop... ‘Make, sell, reinvest, repeat,’ Lucy Ross says. It’s a philosophy that has brought Banton Frameworks a long way in a short time. It all began when Lucy and her coursemate Jamie Bartlett were studying Product Design in Glasgow. Lucy’s project was to find new materials to design and make prototype spectacle frames. She started using plywood and then joined forces with Jamie to create properly functional frames. But the two had to sneak back into the university...

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Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

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Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

At Raft we’re big fans of combining sustainability with beauty. It informs everything we do, so we’re delighted to profile Alusid, a unique tile company with just the same ethos. Remember when everything seemed simpler, when drinks always came in bottles made from glass and the Pacific Ocean was free of plastic islands? It turns out that the glass bottles our parents put back out for the milkman or took to the corner shop to get their sixpence and shilling deposits back were actually a high point in sustainable packaging. But it’s not all about bottles. Or jars, for that...

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Tony’s Chocolonely – unusually delicious chocolate with a mission

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Tony’s Chocolonely – unusually delicious chocolate with a mission

If you’ve bitten into an oddly-shaped chunk of Tony’s Chocolonely you’ll know how deliciously different it is. But it’s also unusual in another way: it’s on a mission to make chocolate 100% slave free. Here’s the story... It’s not often that a journalist hands themselves in to the authorities and tries to get prosecuted. But in 2003, that’s exactly what the Dutch TV reporter Teun van der Keuken did. His ‘crime’? Eating a few bars of chocolate. Teun had been shocked to find out about the prevalence of forced labour in the world’s chocolate industry and set out to investigate....

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