Top tips for greener choices from Bemz founder and CEO, Lesley Pennington
Bemz , known for its vast range of designer covers for IKEA furniture and other home textile products, launched a collection made from recycled cotton that has sustainable living and caring for the environment at its heart – Bemz Respect . Following on from this step in its commitment to the environment with the launch of Bemz Respect, Bemz founder and CEO Lesley Pennington (pictured) shares her top tips for sustainable choices.
1. Every city has some kind of online second hand shop. This is a great place to source everything from toys to gadgets and yes, even sofas! Sweden’s favourite is Blocket but Preloved and Gumtree are viable options in the UK.
2. A high-end version of second hand shops are auction houses where many preloved items are looking to be reloved, from lighting to watches. An added bonus is that purchases from these will ensure your home remains individual and unique. My personal favourites in Sweden are Lauritz and Bukowskis .
3. Whenever possible, I choose restaurants and cafés that have a commitment to the environment. This can be manifested in how they source their ingredients to the actual decor. Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm, is a prime example. It’s a garden dedicated to organic cultivation where the café’s exclusive use of organic ingredients and biodynamically farmed goods tick the eco-friendly as well as food-lovers’ boxes. And the gardens themselves are stunning!
4. The clothing industry has been under scrutiny as some high street chains’ prices drop to incredible lows. Opt for clothing lines committed to ethical and sustainable production. Wanting the very best as well as a better world carries a certainly responsibility and careful choices are a way of ensuring your opinion is heard! Eco-clothing can mean sustainable manufacturing processes or be certified organic cotton pieces or even recycled materials. In Stockholm, there is a new store that rents clothing which is also a great eco-idea!
5. And of course, sustainable choices for your home: Bemz is spearheading the path to sustainable living and respect for the planet within the realm of high quality designer furnishings in Europe, with its recently launched collection, Bemz Respect . Produced using surplus textiles from the fashion industry, this collection made of recycled cotton, is manufactured entirely without the use of water or dyes, all in an effort to reduce environmental impact. And that’s on top of saving all those sofas from the landfill!
The Bemz commitment to the environment runs deep, with a business concept based on extending the life of IKEA furniture (Bemz breathes new live into approximately 1500 sofas a month – that’s 18,000 sofas a year). Buying a new sofa cover is an easy way to extend the life of furniture, an eco-friendly solution that decreases landfill waste. But it does not stop there: the Bemz business model limits waste and strain on resources by only producing what customers have ordered and all product manufacturing takes place in its biggest market, Europe, keeping shipping distances short.
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- Top image, left: Lesley Pennington, Bemz founder and CEO; right: Bemz cover for the Söderhamn sofa in Jet Black/Sand Beige Brinken Herringbone. Bemz cushion cover in Rose Tegnér Melange.
- Bemz long skirt cover for the Karlstad sofa in Jet Black Brunna Melange. Bemz cushion covers in Ivy Brera Lino by Designers Guild and Jet Black/Sand Beige Brinken Herringbone.
- Bemz straight bedskirt in Silver Grey Brunna Melange. Bemz cover for the Abelvär headboard in Silver Grey Brunna Melange. Bemz Loose Fit Urban style bedspread in Ivy Brera Lino by Designers Guild. Bemz cushion covers in Rose Tegnér Melange.
- New fabrics included in the Bemz Respect Collection.
- Bemz medium skirt covers for the Nils chair in Jet Black Brunna Melange and Jet Black/Sand Beige Brinken Herringbone. Bemz cushion cover in Rose Tegnér Melange.
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Canadian expat Lesley Pennington founded Bemz in 2004. By the following year, designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs were being made for customers worldwide. Bemz fabrics are specially chosen for their high quality, natural materials and all Bemz textile products are machine washable. They can be purchased via www.bemz.com, where free fabric samples of favourites can also be ordered. In December 2009, Bemz opened an Inspiration Store at Odengatan 22, in Stockholm – a store and an inspiration workshop in one. At Bemz, whether shopping for the bedroom, dining room or living room, all products can be freely mixed and matched with the existing Bemz range of fabrics and custom textile products to create a completely individual look. The Bemz range was extended to include bedroom products in 2011 and made-to-measure curtains and products for kids ’ rooms in 2013.