In case you are not familiar with Bemz, they are makers of designer covers for Ikea furniture. The company was founded by Canadian expat Lesley Pennington in 2004 and by the following year, designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs were being made for customers worldwide. The fabrics are specially chosen for their high quality, natural materials and are all machine washable. The Bemz range was extended to include bedroom products in 2011 and made-to-measure curtains and products for kids’ rooms in 2013.
Next month they will be introducing the Respect collection which is produced using surplus textiles from the fashion industry and manufactured entirely without the use of water or dyes, all in an effort to reduce environmental impact.
The textiles in the new collection are manufactured in several stages. Leftover fabrics from the clothing industry are first collected and sorted by colour – grey with grey and white with white. The textiles are shredded and ground back down to their initial cotton fibres, which are then spun into yarn. To ensure a durable and high quality yarn, the cotton fibres are mixed with a small amount of polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles. Finally, the yarn is woven into a new textile, designed by Bemz: Waste is recycled into a beautiful, high-quality textile without using of a drop of water or dye, thanks to innovative technology and modern design.
“Our design team has been on the lookout for a high-quality, sustainable cotton fabric with a robust texture to add to our textile collection for a while now. At last, thanks to modern technology, we’ve found what we were looking for – an environmentally friendly textile that comes in a number of beautiful shades,” says Lisbeth Toivonen, Creative Director at Bemz.
Initially there will be six new fabrics. White, grey and black herringbone - beige, grey and black melange.
Available online from Bemz.