Being sustainable is something we truly mean
Making a difference in the design is not everything – how the products are being brought to life is equally important!
From the beginning the founder of Fabelab, Michaela Weisskirchner-Barfod, has made an effort to keep an honest and sustainable approach to the design and production of the Fabelab collections, and as she says: “At Fabelab we believe that when it comes to sustainability every big and small step along the way helps to create a better planet for our kids”
But the journey to a sustainable practice is no easy feat!
For Fabelab, sustainable design is about using the right materials, ensuring proper treatment of workers, as well as the lifespan of the product, which is why we produce multi-functional products that grow with the child through manufacturers we respect.
Our products are based on organic cotton and we try to fill our products with organic cotton, corn fibre filling or recycled polyester wherever possible but of course the washing and longevity of our products matter. We are proud that our small buddies and soft rattles are filled with corn fibre, which is the most well rounded natural option for washing and retaining the shape and life of the product.
In order to minimize plastic waste, we only use biodegradable sugarcane bags to protect our products during transportation. Our shipping pockets are also made from recycled film and are carbon neutral for all our own webshop orders.
Sustainability as a design process
Another way we define timeless, is by creating multi purpose designs. Our playmats can be used by kids of all ages, even just a stable for the whole household. Our Swaddles, which are often first used to swaddle the baby, can later be used as a fashionable scarf for the older kids.
THE OFFCUTS COLLECTION
In collaboration with our faithful and skilled, Indian suppliers, we have chosen to reuse the fabric residues of our own productions and turn them into beautiful unique products. We provide ideas and drawings for the products and they let us know how much of which colour we have to work with. We call it the Offcuts Collection and since the small unique products will be made from the fabric that is left, no two pieces are alike. Each piece is assorted and a collective item.
We think that playing and being creative are two vital parts to giving our kids the best upbringing. Unfortunately, not all kids have creativeness and playing as a part of their everyday life.
At Fabelab, this is something that truly breaks our hearts. We have therefore decided to take action, and try to even the playing field, in one area where we know we can make a difference.
Anukruti and Angel Xpress, are two amazing organizations that organize playful and creative workshops for kids in India. and at Fabelab, we have joined the mission.
For every Minimakers set sold in December, we will send one on it’s way to the organizations in india.
To learn more about Anukruti and Angel Xpress amazing humble work, and see how they make a real difference one child at a time, please go to:
We can assure you, this will not be our last fight for this cause, so stay tuned for more opportunities to make a difference for kids around the world.