There are ethical responsibilities involved in running any business. Therefore since 2006 when our first fabric designs arrived wrapped in hessian bales and cardboard boxes, we knew that we would have to address the issue of waste management and formed an immediate policy.
Managing what we throw away has remained a top priority for us. Long before the current focus on plastics recycling and disposal we were making a conscious effort to work towards a zero waste policy here at our Chester factory. Now, having always seriously addressed the issues of waste we can honestly say that we have none!
In addition to waste management we are extremely careful with what we bring in to the factory. All our racking, display casing and furniture is upcycled, rescued and given a new life with us. Our computers and tools are bought second hand and our showroom is built almost entirely from reclaimed and salvaged materials. Our kitchen doesn’t even have a bin, everything is either washed on site or taken home by staff to encourage the use of repeat use containers.
Here are our policies laid out in full. We hope this encourages and gives ideas to everyone, especially businesses like ours to help reduce the waste they produce. Great for saving money and the planet!
No fabric is wasted – ends of rolls and surplus is either donated to local schools or charities, or useable pieces are recycled into remnant packs.
Orders are sent out in re-used cardboard boxes, recyclable plastic and paper.
All our hessian wrapping from bales is re-used in gardens as frost protection or composted.
We request no plastic, polystyrene or foam in any of our incoming packaging.
All our products are 100% cotton, wood, leather or jute – all recyclable and bio-degradable.
We generally stick to the theme of using old and repurposed items and nothing that cannot easily be disposed of if necessary – but not as landfill.
All our warehouse storage, racking, shelving and receptacles are recycled/upcycled – for instance, we use old wooden ladders as shelving and mill skips and old wooden storage boxes as containers.
Galvanised wire stacking baskets and old school plimsoll holders, original haberdashery cabinets and galvanised metal tubs are all put to good use in our showroom/shop – even the wooden plank walls are made of original decking from old ships!
Our visual props are sourced from beaches – driftwood and fishing nets with corks, fishing boat floats and marine antiquities. Wooden bottle crates and wine boxes, 1920’s woven cane textile baskets and old luggage are all put to excellent use.
All our ‘tools of the trade’ are secondhand from our sewing machines to the everyday tools – screws and nails are stored in old jam jars (like grandpa’s shed!)
The cardboard tubes on which we we send out metres of material rolled up are scrounged from other textile companies, and our ‘new’ office kitchen is up-cycled.
In the winter, our warehouse is like Siberia, so instead of expensive heaters, we layer up and get moving!!
And we were the company who purchased all Blackpools old deckchairs for the purposes of hiring out for events and functions!
We send all goods directly to customers around the world directly from our own warehouse in Chester and are very proud that we are the only business on site without a skip!
Our customers are always telling us how much they can fit into our Extra Large Beach Bags, often not just when going to the beach!
Here at The Stripes Company we have know this for years, having used these super handy bags for all kinds things including weekends away, packing for the kids, going to the gym or doing the grocery shop! And they never let us down. They are strong, water resistant, hold TONNES and (even if we do say so ourselves) they also look great!
To put these claims to the test we decided to load them up for various situations and see how much we can fit in them – and they didn’t disappoint! See the results on the videos below, and a big thanks to our own Sally for happily packing and unpacking to put these bags to the tests!
Portable folding wooden stools with strong canvas seats in many different striped canvas fabrics.
Made in grade A Teak each folding wooden stool is lightweight, easy to carry, stores flat, so takes up little room in a cupboard or boot of the car.
Hence they are ideal for taking with you to outdoor events, picnics, festivals, camping, when you want to sit down or rest for a short while.
We are offering them with seats made up in any of our deckchair canvas range. The seat is easily replaced / removable using a dowelling system.
striped folding wooden stoolsWe also have plain fabrics for those of you who prefer a more traditional folding stool, in dark green, red, blue, black, orange or cream for that matter.
These sturdy folding stools are made from beautiful warm coloured Teak hardwood. Remember old fashioned folding wood stools before the advent of aluminium and plastic? Yes?
Our teak wooden stools are faithful replicas but brought up to date covered in a range of jazzy, bright stripes!
Watch as we show you in 6 simple steps how to make your own deckchair canopy cover using our unique stripy fabric and pompom fringe. You can see our huge range of deckchair fabrics and pompom bobble fringes on our website
How to recover a deckchair canopy from The Stripes Company
Step 1. Preparing Your Fabric
For most deckchair canopies you will need 2m of deckchair fabric cut in half to make 2 x 1m lengths which you will pin and then stitch together.
Step 2. Sewing Together
Iron the seam flat.
Step 3. Measuring Up
You will need approx 3m of bobble fringe.
Note the front and back measurements of canopy frame (back may be narrower)
To find the depth of the overhang subtract your canopy width from the width of the fabric and then divide the remaining measurement by two. Note this down. Do this for front and back.
Step 4. Creating The Corners
Fold the corners and using the previous measurements mark with a pin (remember front and back are different).
Repeat for all four corners.
Stitch and then cut off the surplus fabric from each of the four corners.
Step 5. Adding The Bobble Fringe
Start at a corner seam folding in the edge of the fabric the width of the bobble trim and pin all the way around the canopy before stitching.
Timeless Deckchairs, Stylish Deck Chairs – The Edwardian Deck Chair
Stylish Deck Chairs
Here at the Stripes Company we offer new Old Style Deck Chairs which we cover from ‘canopy’ top to ‘footstool’ toe in any of our wonderful deckchair fabrics. In addition we trim the canopies with pompoms from our range of bobble fringes, if desired.
The chairs are in the style of Edwardian deckchairs from days gone by
Antique Deck Chairs
However some of our enterprising customers restore and recover their own antique deck chairs. Furthermore, they buy the deckchair fabric from The Stripes Company and recover the chairs themselves.