If you have any questions about Wombat & Poss, please let me know! Here’s some information that might help you out.
Do you make everything yourself?
I often get asked this question and the answer is yes, I do! I knit and sew everything myself. I occasionally have assistance to help me cut out fabric.
Do you use acrylic or synthetic fibres?
In short, no I don’t. I only use natural fibres as they have less impact on the environment during washing and wearing (i.e. no micro-plastic fibres) and can be lower impact during their lifecycle. I endeavour to use those that are as sustainable as possible. I use organic cotton in preference to conventional cotton and organic merino wool. I also choose fabrics and yarn which is dyed using low impact dyes.
Are you zero-waste in your production?
While I don’t design items to be completely zero waste (there are some amazing designers out there that manage to cut clothing and use the entire width/length of fabric), I try to use every single scrap of fabric, whether making wash cloths, bibs or hair accessories. Anything that is too small to make something from, I use for stuffing of soft toys and cushions. I even keep the trimmings of thread and use them for stuffing! The trimmings and ends of wool yarn I use to make funky knitted scarves and beanies. Nothing is discarded or sent to landfill.
Which organisations do you support with your donations?
I make small monthly donations to a number of organisations that support wildlife, the environment and social justice causes. Last year, I was thrilled my tiny business was able to donate around $1,300 to support the following:
- ACT Wildlife is a lovely Canberra organisation that cares for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife with the aim of releasing them back into the wild.
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre provide a range of support and advocacy services for asylum seekers.
- Belconnen Arts Centre is an arts organisation in Canberra which supports local artists across a broad range of fields.
- Bob Brown Foundation is an environment organisation working to protect wilderness areas of Tasmania and the rest of Australia.
- Capital Scraps Compost is a Canberra-based organisation that collects food scraps from households and composts them for use in community gardens. I love how grass roots they are and that they use an electric bike for transport.
- Carbon8 aims to transition Aussie farmers to regenerative agriculture and support them to rebuild the carbon (organic matter) in their soil from 1% to 8%.
- Deadly Science aims to provide STEM resources to remote schools across Australia, particularly to empower indigenous kids with a love for science.
- Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) are passionate about breaking the domestic violence cycle in the Canberra community.
- Ecologi directly funds a range of projects world-wide that are aimed at reforestation and supporting communities to become low carbon.
- HalfCut are a couple who were inspired to start a movement to buy back land in the amazing Daintree rainforest in Queensland, when they found that half of the world’s rainforests have already been cleared. Each year, they run a fundraiser and encourage people to go ‘half-cut’ by shaving off half their beard or hair, plaiting hair, etc to start the conversation about rainforest conservation.
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a national book industry charity dedicated to lifting literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities, so all children across Australia have the same choices and opportunities.
- National Gallery of Australia is Australia’s leading national visual arts institution. I have donated to support their #knowmyname appeal which aims to increase the representation and awareness of women artists in the national collection.
- One Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs has a vision to empower women everywhere to act on climate change through everything we do. Through the way we live, through every choice we make and through using our voices and our vote.
Do you use only organic cotton?
At this stage, I don’t. I would really like to, but at this point in time, it is difficult to get enough variety of designs of organic cotton fabric in Australia. This is changing (more slowly than I would like!) and I always choose organic cotton over conventional cotton when it is available.
Where do you get your fabric and yarn from?
I support local suppliers wherever I can and this is an important aspect of running my business.
The alpaca yarn I source for my koala beanies is grown, processed and spun in NSW. I use Australian wool, some of which is organically grown in NSW, and processed and spun in NZ. Other wool I use is non-organic and is processed overseas, but spun in Australia. At this stage, Australia does not have the facilities to process wool (though they used to!).
I buy my fabric from Australian suppliers, although the majority of the fabric is manufactured overseas.
Do you take custom orders?
Yes I do and I love doing custom orders! Whether I can do it in the timeframe you require will depend on how busy I am at the time and whether I can source the necessary materials/yarn. Please just ask and I’ll see if I can help you 🙂