I'm Hannah, the person behind the one woman machine that is The Chemist's Daughter.
I've always made things, and have been sewing things for more than 25 years. When it came to choosing a career, I completed a degree and post-grad in Product Design, after which I spent a decade working in digital design. Ultimately I wanted to get back to working with my hands and creating tactile objects.
The Chemist’s Daughter naturally evolved out of a desire to live a life with less plastic; a life that becomes more sustainable through small and easy changes, without sacrificing beautiful yet simple design. Goods focus on reuse, recycling, minimal waste and ethical sourcing. All white fabric is reclaimed vintage sheets, and hand screen printed, whereas other fabrics, such as the contrasting fabrics in the planters, is 100% recycled cotton. The aim is always to source the least environmentally impactful options for every product, within the parameters of what is reasonable for a one-woman-show, meaning I spend a lot of time sourcing the best materials I can find. If you have any questions about materials in any products, please ask.
In terms of aiming for zero waste, I do what I can as a small business. All fabric, thread waste and any other natural fibre cut offs are saved to be used at a later date (likely there will be some foot stools listed one day!). Packaging that supplies arrive in is requested to be plastic free, reused or recycled wherever possible.
And yes, I am the daughter of a chemist - two in fact, but the apostrophe in the plural looked odd.