How we make fabric from coffee sacks
Fuelled by the desire to create a fabric from both rapidly renewable and recycled raw materials, Century is an innovative, industry first environmental fabric made from recycled jute from coffee sacks blended with wool.
We drew on the learning expertise gained making Sting, Hemp and Hebden fabrics from virgin bast fibers to embark on this ground breaking project. Today’s coffee culture means that millions of coffee sacks are used by retail chains every year, with many ending up either in landfill or downcycled into low value materials. We are leading the way in upcycling the cloth sacks into a higher value designer upholstery fabric with a unique eco-story. We take empty sacks from local coffee roasters and process them through rag pulling machines to turn the sack back into jute fiber. This fiber is blended with wool and spun into yarn before being woven into fabric, with spinning and weaving carried out at our own facilities in Yorkshire.
The end product, Century, is a traditional “houndstooth” check, woven in a robust double cloth and softened with a natural twist. The design draws on our rich British heritage to create a modern interpretation of a textile classic with unique environmental positioning.