What we are all about at The Foxes Den...
The Foxes Den provides a source of enduring household tools and functional items. We seek out international archetypes of everyday objects, often items that have been made in the same way, by the same people, for a long time and are built using low-impact production methods and natural materials.
We Focus on eco friendly, handmade items that people can hold on to for a lifetime, we strive for functional yet beautiful and never compromise on quality. We love products that are well designed, original and have a story to tell.
Question & Answers In regards to Purchasing
When looking for new suppliers, what do you look for?
Well to be honest most of our suppliers find us :)
But i try and select products direct from the makers or the creators. I like to know how the product was made and where it was made.
Is everything in your store Green? or Eco friendly?
No - not at all, but we are trying :)
its more about how people have been effected in the making of the products, how the manufacturing process has helped or harmed the earth we live on. For example Linen, Its grown from a Flax plant, Flax is biodegradable and can be grown in cold climates (or off season), allowing for increased crop rotation and helping farmers use less land. This can alleviate deforestation as farmers seek to meet increasing demands. Flax also grows quickly and requires less irrigation, pesticides and herbicides, helping to stabilize and protect local water sources.
The whole flax plant can be used, leaving no waste.
Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it a more eco-friendly fabric.
Because it’s a natural fiber, flax linen is recyclable and biodegradeable
Flax is gentle on the land and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles, preventing soil depletion.
Very little energy is required to process flax.
So something so simple like choosing flax linen bedding over against a polyester (man made) fabric you can help to reduce your environmental footprint.
How Do you decide what products to Stock?
The first thing i ask myself when selecting new products is - Would i have this in my home? would I use this product around my Kids, is it harmful to my children?
I like things looking good in my home, but I'm not going to put my family at risk.
Secondly - I often think, how is this going to effect the lives of others, I love supporting small designers and makers.
I read a quote once from a woodwork designer in the UK he said
"When i drink coffee from handmade pottery i like to think of the clay as it was being thrown, I imagine the maker, the workshop, the mug taking shape. When i drink from a paper cup i think of nothing....
This really sums it up for me, thinking of the products we wear, what we have in our home and use to clean our home's do we want them coming out of huge factory's in China, with chimneys billowing black smoke into the air or some small workshop, where the maker uses his own hands and creates a products with love.
Assembly linens bring cheaper, more consistent and quicker results, but there is beauty which can only be achieved through making each piece one at a time.
My favorite Quote:
"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want"