Katie Edge Mellor, an artist and graphic designer based in Sheffield and the owner of online Etsy shop ownway.co, tells Eco Style how she keeps her company eco-friendly and her plans for the future.
Katie loves all things about the outdoors and art and uses those passions in her creations.
Every one of her designs are unique and sourced and made in the UK. They start off hand drawn and turn into chemical free ink-prints on a variety of garments, accessories and homeware using sustainable materials and organic cotton. That’s what makes each singular piece individual.
A few years ago, Katie took part in Plastic Free July. A campaign that started in 2011 to encourage people to not use single-use plastic in the month of July.
She said: “It really changed my view on how products and packaging are made. In the creative industry I felt like I could help make a change in the packaging and products I make. Before this I was also always conscious of chemicals in clothing and dyes and how this affects our skin and health.”
Katie tries to keep her packaging to a minimum. She said: “Where I have packaging I use recycled paper with vegetable inks to print with. Also I use biodegradable packaging for postage.”
Katie believes we don’t do enough in the U.K. as consumers to support eco-friendly brands like hers. She said: “There are a small amount of people who are very conscious to buy from independent small businesses like myself. But also a massive amount of consumers who really don’t see how it can make a difference. I also don’t think we can change the modern way we consume over night. But I believe we can keep trying and keep educating on this topic.”
Katie already has lots of plans for new products in the near future and she hopes to expand her company. She has been selling products from Craft and Flea markets recently. She said: “Currently I am trying to get my products into local shops.”
At Eco Style, we wish her all the best with her plans.
You can view more of her products on her Instagram page.