Sustainability by Design
Mumo and Community CIC is a design-focused social enterprise which works in collaboration with various community groups and charitable organisation to develop lifestyle products. Our participants are typically those who are vulnerable in society but able to contribute both creatively and practically to produce beautiful things for the home.
We are based in Glasgow, Scotland but enjoy partnering with both local and national communities or projects. Our creative director and founder, Kirstin Samuel was also the creative director and founder of MUMO which sold internationally in stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and ABC Home New York. She has also worked for various international development organisations over the years and is committed to changing society through social enterprise and the process of inclusive design and community-led production.
Read about the sustainable materials we work with below.
Organic & fair-trade cotton
Mumo’s signature fabric is a cotton-linen blend using organic cotton farmed by a local co-operative of over 300 farmers in Paraiba in the north east of Brazil. Mumo paid around double the market price for the cotton which provided an important source of income where poverty levels are high. Mumo also paid for the organic certification process to enable the farmers to trade similarly with other companies and secure longevity of their organic farming business.
Organic Jute and Recycled canvas
Produced in Sao Paulo, Brazil, certified organic Jute is woven with recycled cotton from used tarpaulins creating a richly textured sustainable cotton alternative. Coloured canvas is made from recycled plastic bottles as part of a major recycling project in South America.
Ecological peace Silk
Mumo sources raw silk from south-eastern Brazil which is farmed on pesticide-free land and harvested after the silkworm has left the cocoon. The yarn is hand spun and woven into luxurious silks which are dyed with natural or other non-toxic synthetic colourants. Traditional weaving techniques are used in the small, family run factory which helps provide and important skill base and income generation for the people who live in the neighbouring Favela.
Sustainable leather is made from fish shins which are a bi-product of the fishing or restaurant industry. The skins are tanned using non-toxic vegetal tanning agents (instead of toxic chrome).
Designing for Sustainability
Our design process takes into consideration many aspects of sustainability including the socio-environmental impact of its raw materials and production processes. In addition, it also considers the potential usage of waste or imperfect textiles resulting from our inclusive design workshops.
Many of our products are patchworked to allow for the selection of different parts of a printed or foiled piece of fabric to make sure that all our fabric is used and not wasted. We also operate a ‘repair’ philosophy whereby any imperfect fabric can be repaired by its maker, thus rendering it suitable for inclusion in final products whilst up-skilling and empowering our makers to improve their technique and have another chance to deliver beautifully finished cloth.
Please bear with us while we build out our new website. For information on our legacy including stockists, news and projects please visit http://web.archive.org/web/20160426043635/http://www.mumo-uk.com/content/about