April 06, 2023
We love April because we get to celebrate Earth Day! Tuft the World strives to make earth-conscious choices wherever possible, both in our products and behind the scenes.
Our Reflect yarns are made with sustainable and recycled materials, and dyed here in the U.S.
1. Sturdy and soft, our Reflect Eco-cotton is entirely recycled yarn that gives knit textiles a second life. Made from off cuts of the t-shirt industry, the material is shredded and spun without being re-dyed. Yarn colors come from the original source material, which saves water and prevents pollution. Eco-cotton works well in all of our tufting machines and is also great for macrame, weaving, knitting and other crafts.
2. Chosen for its compatibility with our tufting machines, Reflect Wool comes form New Zealand and is small-batch dyed in the U.S. and sold on cardboard cones ready for your yarn feeder. Also great for use in punch-needle, embroidery, weaving, and other textile crafts.
3. Our Recycled Wool Yarn is perfect for threading alongside a thicker yarn like Reflect Wool or Eco-Cotton for a cool marbled look or interesting color variation. Made of 100% recycled wool and viscose, this is a sturdy but delicate fiber that is a great option for all your upcycling crafts.
4. A realistic eye, a watery surface, a glint on glass - our Banana Silk Yarn is a great way to add shimmer, color, and variation to your wall hanging or other decorative tuft. Made entirely from banana plant fiber, the delicate and slick texture of this yarn requires combining with a sturdier fiber, like Reflect Wool or Eco-Cotton, in order to create a dense pile. Banana Silk will be brightest in loop piles, while use in cut-pile pieces will allow for interesting flecks of shine. A fun yarn for adding embroidered or hand-sewn elements, too!
In lieu of plastic and as an antidote to over-packaging, we use compostable bags and minimal fill as often as we can. Thanks to our lovingly-named "Machine-that-eats-cardboard," Tuft the World now reuses its own carboard waste to insulate the majority of our products. Check out, Shred the World, an avenue where Tuft the World can upcycle our extra cardboard for other businesses to use!
In 2021, an employee-run Sustainability Committee formed to ensure that we add as little to landfills as possible. We're pleased to contract with local services like Bennett Compost, to lessen our office food and beverage waste, and Rabbit Recycling, who help us dispose of a range of materials beyond Philadelphia's standard recycling program.
Tuft the World knows that sustainability also means giving back, both environmentally and on the community level. In July 2022, Tuft joined the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, a local organization that brings together businesses with a focus on serving community needs, sharing wealth and protecting the environment. We sponsor the planting of one tree for every order placed in our store through Ecologi, a company combating climate change through reforestation projects around the world. Since July 2022, Tuft utilizes Planet, an app that helps us offset each shipment making our orders carbon neutral.
Come visit our Tuft Studio Grand Opening and Open Studios on Friday April 21, 2023 from 6-9pm in the Bok Building!
Catch us at the Davinci Art Alliance Everyday Futures Fest on Sunday April 22, 2023 from 1205pm.
Take a rug tufting class with us anytime! We have beginner and advanced rug tufting workshops online and in person.