Established in 2017 by Kate Anderson, Ecosophy is a homeware brand specialising in textile items that are thoughtfully designed and sustainably made. Kate founded Ecosophy after she discovered that there were hardly any places in the UK selling sustainable and high-quality home furnishings. After deciding to find out how to bring such products to the market, she set off on a journey that took her through India, Bangladesh and South-East Asia, meeting with farmers and artisanal groups who were pioneering sustainable forms of textile production. Partnerships with these groups soon followed, and Ecosophy was officially born.
Ecosophy's vision is hinted at in its name, which combines eco (from the Greek oikos meaning household) and sophy (from sophia meaning wisdom). This dual meaning of 'ecological wisdom' and 'household wisdom' reflects our goal, which is to help our customers make ecologically wise choices when decorating their homes.
Ecological wisdom is, at its heart, about relationship. It is about recognising that we are part of a web of connections - to plants, animals and people - and that living in a way that is mindful of these connections is good for ourselves as well as the planet. In our digital age, it is easy to feel disconnected from our environment, but by decorating our homes with products that are made of natural materials, inspired by natural patterns and produced in ways that benefit people and the planet, we can create a space that reconnects us to the world and brings us back to our senses.
Ecosophy's product range is focused on textiles as they represent concrete and symbolic links between our homes and the wider world. Just as a piece of fabric is woven together, textiles symbolise the inter-wovenness of our globalised world, connecting us to farmers, weavers, and communities of wildlife on the land and in the soil. The textile industry is one of the largest industries in the world and its potential to affect the world in both a positive and a negative way is huge. We want to harness the positive side of this potential and show how responsible textile production can create not only beautiful homes, but also a more beautiful world.
We are inspired by natural patterns and materials, and we believe beauty comes from designing with nature rather than against it. The key ingredients of our products are organic fibres, botanical dyes and artisanal skills. Not all of our products have all three elements, as it is not always possible to combine all three, but where possible we try to do so.
We aim to use natural fibres that have been produced in an organic or ecologically sensitive manner. What we mean by this is an approach to cultivation that is holistic - taking into account the long-term health of soils, ecosystems and producers - and which works with the relationships within an ecosystem rather than against them, seeking a win-win partnership. To learn more about the fibres we are using in our products, click here.
With the exception of white, which is produced through the use of low-impact bleaching agents, all of the dyes used to colour our products come from plants. We have chosen to use botanical dyes where possible because they represent a rich source of environmental and social benefits. Unlike synthetic dyes, they do not pollute the environment, and in fact many have the potential to encourage environmental regeneration. The cultivation of natural dyes is also an important source of rural livelihoods. To learn more about botanical dyes and their myriad benefits, click here.
Artisanal production creates items of beauty that are hard to find in our increasingly mechanised world. It also represents a sustainable form of livelihood as it usually requires no electricity or other carbon-intensive inputs. Artisanal livelihoods are particularly important in rural areas of developing countries where there are often few sources of income outside of agriculture. To learn more about artisanal production and its benefits to people and planet, click here.