Wild Woven acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations in Toronto: including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. St Catharines is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. Acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources, teachings, and friendship of Indigenous people.
We believe in ethical-sourcing; small-scale production; livable wages for our seamstresses; and the magic of plants. For our textiles, this means doing prudent research to find the best natural materials from Canadian vendors and sourcing organic, OEKO-TEX certified wherever possible. All of our production is done in small batches, in Ontario by a small team of 4 (including the two of us!) We engage in upcycling practices whenever possible, whether that means creating new pieces from botanically-dyed offcuts, repurposing shipping materials, or printing our stationery on paper made from cotton refuse.
Our perspective on sustainability extends beyond the materials themselves or our labour practices. We’re firm believers that the items that are most-loved and of high quality are truly sustainable too. Whether it’s a piece of home decor or a special garment, our favourite pieces are the ones that we hold on to the longest, which means they are less likely to end up in a landfill. We encourage choosing quality-made items for their longevity and ability to stand the test of time.
Natural textiles and botanical dyes are the most responsible choices for our environment, not only because their production is the cleanest, but also because they are biodegradable. When a natural textile like linen or cotton has reached the end of it’s life and cannot be passed on or repurposed, it can be composted. Within a matter of months, natural textiles return to the earth and will not leach harmful substances into the environment as they do.