At Bremworth, we believe that all manufacturers have an obligation to put sustainability top of mind when developing products. So we've been working hard in the background developing two rug prototypes, crafted with all-natural materials, no plastic nasties and are fully compostable.
We created these rugs as part of our research-based sustainability program as we journey towards making our products from 100% sustainably sourced natural materials that can be returned to the earth.
The rugs became a reality after Dr Kirstine Hulse, GM – Sustainability at Bremworth, challenged our design team to make a highly desirable and functional rug using only biodegradable natural fibres and almost nothing else.
She explains just how important this innovation could be. “Our research aims to address barriers preventing our wool carpet from completely breaking down at the end of its life. And if we can maintain the integrity of the materials, it also increases the number of secondary uses for used carpet and significantly reduce volumes of textiles entering the landfill.”
TERRA AND STRATA
Terra is a truly 100% NZ wool rug that’s hand-woven and beautifully textured. Strata is our incredibly soft hand-knotted rug. Both prototype rugs were made without any dyes or plastics by blending natural fibres together. The subtle yet complex colours from sheep’s wool blended with alpaca showcase nature at its best.
Both Terra and Strata are featured here at Abodo's stunning Cardrona Cabin near Wanaka. Set amongst the South Island's harsh alpine climate, the cabin demonstrates the durability, along with the beauty of Abodo timber products and processes.
COMPOSTABLE AND NATURAL SOLUTIONS
These experimental rugs allow us to push the boundaries of product circularity, bringing us one step closer to a fully compostable carpet in the future.
Kirstine says, “Our research is designed to help us build a product range which can be meaningfully reused or naturally returned to the earth in a way that resonates with our customers - without compromising the important design and performance aspects.”
“And we couldn’t do this without partnering with some of the country’s brightest minds, including the Ministry for Primary Industries, AgResearch, NZ Product Accelerator and the University of Auckland.”