Reduce, Reuse... Upcycle?
Dreamweavers Upcycled Collection
Ethical manufacturing and the environment have and will always be very important to us. Not only are we conscious of the environment when sourcing our fabrics, but we ensure that our employees - from seamstresses in the US to factory workers in China - are fairly treated. Our Chinese factory workers are paid above the minimum wage and have acceptable working hours. Many of our employees live close to their workplace, which is a rare treat for Chinese factory workers.
Most manufacturers in China usually opt for factories close to shipping ports. This means that many Chinese workers can only return home to see their families on the weekend after spending evenings sleeping in overcrowded dormitories. Some coastal workers living further afield go home just once or twice a year. Our workers return home every evening to spend valuable time with their families.
We regularly use fabric off-cuts left over from textile manufacturers. Founders Warren Walker and Bobby Wisdom were initially reluctant to disclose the fact that they used recycled and up-cycled (new but left over fabrics given a new use to eliminate global waste) materials. This was not considered a positive selling point in the 1970's. However, as awareness of the threat of global warming increased and they were introduced to the green ideology by their European partners, they later realised that their environmentally-conscious approach was a unique selling point. The 'Executive Rug', for example, is made using salvaged fabric from neck tie manufacturers. Furthermore, the production of each 'Pebble Rug' further highlights Dreamweavers' commitment to protecting the environment. It is a labour intensive, handmade process, with minimal machinery used. The factory workers outnumber the machines and the factory's omissions output is low.