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ReSpiin

The ReSpiin story begins in 2014 when founder, Charity, first discovered that recycled wool was a thing! When scouting out new products in Germany, she came across the fabric for the first time and heard the story of how recycled wool thread can be made. It's collected from clothing that has been put into recycling banks. And once she'd found it, she had to find a way to bring it to the market.

Over the next few months the idea for a homeware brand focused on recycled materials started to form, and after a lot of brainstorming the name ReSpiin was born. ReSpiin started as a brand of recycled textiles, but when working on the range Charity decided she wanted to expand into renewable products too. At the time the interest in sustainable sourcing was growing, and so a brand that focusing either on reusing unwanted materials, or using materials that grow sustainably, felt like something the market needed.

Although the materials were key, so was the design. Charity wanted ReSpiin to be a brand that people were proud to feature in their homes. So she started working with the team on colour palettes and designs, and finding a manufacturer to make baskets from renewable materials such as jute.

Sourcing their products responsibly was hugely important to Charity, so the next step, was to visit their chosen manufacturers. In May 2015, she headed out for a 10 day trip to India and Bangladesh. What an amazing experience! Charity was so impressed with both of the manufacturers she had selected, and it was great to meet them personally and be able to discuss and develop the products with them.

After that plans for ReSpiin progressed quickly - they had their logo developed, started receiving and tweaking samples, and started on some photography. And they finally launched the range in November 2015.

Looking at ReSpiin now Charity is proud to say they've developed their range of products adding new colours and new materials such as upcycled saris and seagrass. They're still working with their original manufacturers in India and Bangladesh but they're also exploring new opportunities for ReSpiin products here in the UK as well as overseas.