We talk sustainable fashion with the lady behind independent shop OwnWay.co

Katie Edge Mellor, a graphic designer based in Sheffield and owner of online Etsy shop ownway.co, tells Eco Style how she keeps her company eco-friendly and her plans for the future.

Photo Credit: Faye Dixon

Katie loves the outdoors and art and uses those passions in her creations.

Every one of her designs are unique and sourced 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 material. That’s what makes each singular piece individual.

Photo Credit: Faye Dixon

A few years ago, Katie took part in Plastic Free July, a campaign that started in 2011 to encourage people to stop using 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.”

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Photo Credit: Faye Dixon

Katie tries to keep her packaging to a minimum by using recycled paper with vegetable inks to print with and biodegradable packaging for postage.

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Photo Credit: Faye Dixon

Katie believes we don’t do enough in the UK 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 overnight. But I believe we can keep trying and keep educating on this topic.”

Photo Credit: Faye Dixon

Katie already has plans for new products in the near future and 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.”

You can view more of her products on Instagram.


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