A sustainable promise.
In 2021 cc-tapis took the initiative, which promises to continue exploring and finding sustainable solutions in every part of the company. A thread, or a sustainably considered approach, which runs through and unites each production technique, every department and which informs all actions taken by the company.
Each cc-tapis rug tells a story, a story of tradition, of quality and of contemporary design. At the center of this story is a traditional production process where a group of artisans work by hand refining natural materials, passing down artisanal know-how from generation to generation. A process which remains outside of industrial norms which is sustainable by nature and ecologically friendly by design. cc-tapis embraces and celebrates these ancient techniques and strives to achieve the same levels of sustainability in every aspect of the company.
During 2021 cc-tapis aims to further expand its focus on sustainability, to reassess how things are done, to ask and explore if there is another alternative. To acknowledge that the easy way is not necessarily the best way, that cc-tapis exists in a much larger context which needs to be recognized and respected. Sustainability is a journey, a journey that requires time and resources and cc-tapis is dedicated to finding the time and investing in the resources to create a more sustainable today, step-by-step.
Step 1. Packaging
Taking a considered and sustainable approach means asking the questions: Does the life-cycle of packaging end at delivery? Is there an alternative to plastic? The new cc-tapis packaging answers these questions with a textile which is made from recycled fabrics. An innovative process which rethinks discarded clothing from the United States and Europe and is given a 2nd life in the form of a resistant and waterproof textile.
Taking advantage of the tons of clothing which is discarded every year, the new cc-tapis textile packaging is made from recycled fabric, produced very close to the cc-tapis Handloom Atelier in Panipat India, a world center for recycled clothing processes.
As of January 2021, cc-tapis is shipping all of their rugs in this new textile worldwide, illustrating the value of recycled materials and proving their growing importance. Beyond packaging, creativity will be put at the service of sustainability and during the course of the year this new textile will be used for more projects besides packaging, to show its versatility.
Innovative factories collect discarded clothing and a begin the lengthy process of removing any buttons, accessories and labels.
These articles of clothing are then ground into a fiber, which is spun back into a yarn.
The yarn is then woven into a textile and given special waterproof treatments under high-heat, the same treatments which are used for our waterproof winter jackets.
The result is a durable textile similar to denim made of 80% cotton and 20% mixed fibers.
It can be washed, reused and more importantly: recycled.
Step 2. Social Sustainability:
Embracing artisanal production techniques means embracing the artisans that create our rugs. From this CC-FOR EDUCATION was born, a non-profit organization created by the founders of cc-tapis in 2015. This small organization is dedicated to providing a private education to the children of weavers in Nepal. Over the course of 6 years, CC-FOR EDUCATION has grown to have nearly 60 pupils in 2 private schools in Kathmandu and 1 student receiving tertiary education at the Nepal Engineering College. We hope to sponsor new students each year with the long-term vision of giving Nepal a brighter future.
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Step 3. Production
cc-tapis rugs can take between 12- 16 weeks to produce, an artisanal process where each step is meticulously executed by hand, rich in culture and tradition. No synthetic materials are used, no industrial machines, no acids and no chemicals. The rugs are made the same way they have been for centuries. A process that is environmentally friendly by nature. For more information on our production click here >>
Over the past ten years, cc-tapis has been re-evaluating these ancient processes to find ways to re-utilize the materials which may be left over after the production of a rug. cc-tapis has explored how to refine and separate the natural materials in order to create palettes of natural undyed wool and silk. Processes that push both production but also the final aesthetics of our rugs. Stay tuned for more information on recycled fibres.