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Crafting Sustainability: Creating new Mini Book Leather Keyrings


Today, I want to take you behind the scenes and share a little secret with you: sustainability isn't just a buzzword for me - it's a way of life. You may not have realized it, but every product that leaves the Florrie workshop has sustainability and waste management ingrained into its very fibers.

a bunch of small book leather keyrings are being held by a white womans hand that has green nail polish on.
Florrie leather keyrings

Let's talk about our latest creations: the leather mini book keyrings. Sure, they may seem like a small accessory, but they pack a big punch when it comes to sustainability. The leather used in these keyrings isn't your run-of-the-mill material. No, it's sourced from offcuts that were originally destined for landfills. Instead of letting them go to waste, I repurpose them to craft our A6/A7 leather journals. It's a win-win situation - I reduce waste and create something beautiful in the process.

But I didn't stop there. The paper inside those journals? It's made from blocks that might have been accidentally damaged or cut irregularly during the trimming process. Rather than tossing them aside, I trim them down to a smaller size and give them a new purpose. Finally, the thread used in our creations? Yup, you guessed it - it comes from offcuts from our coptic bound books.

By making use of offcuts from other Florrie products, I’m able to minimize studio waste while also keeping our overhead costs low. And here's the kicker: despite paper costs doubling this year, I've managed to keep our prices steady. How's that for sustainable business practices?

It's not just about what goes into Florrie products - it's also about what happens after they've served their purpose. My choice of natural materials, like cotton fabric and wadding in our book sleeves, along with leather and linen threads for our books, means that all the trimmings can be composted in our home compost bins. It's a small step, but every little bit helps when it comes to reducing our environmental footprint.

So there you have it, folks - a little peek behind the curtain at how I'm crafting sustainability into everything I do here at Florrie. I believe that small changes can lead to big impacts, and I'm proud to be doing my part to create a more sustainable future, one handmade creation at a time.


These leather mini book keyrings will make their debut at the Makers For Maggies Market, 27th April 2024 at The Steeple, Dundee.

Coming to the website soon! Follow Florrie on Instagram for the latest news on product drops.

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