The Cushion with Bottle – Wilmslow entrepreneur makes plastic fantastic by recycling bottles into cushions
A Wilmslow entrepreneur is cushioning the impact of plastic waste by using recycled plastic bottles to make beautiful soft furnishings that pay homage to the region’s heritage.
Based on top of the landmark Mayfield Depot, at the heart of region’s former ‘Cottonopolis’, Tom & Dick’s, a brand launched by Wilmslow’s Amar Gangani, has a range of limited-edition cushions inspired by the designs of Thomas Hoyle who owned the original calico printers at the site.
Bringing back Hoyle’s designs to life, each cushion is also stuffed with 17 recycled bottles, which means they not only look good, but feel good, in all senses.
Retailing at £45 and inspired by Hoyle’s beautiful Medlock pattern, Tom and Dick’s has reworked the design for 2020 in 100% Panama Cotton and the limited edition cushions, designed and made in the UK, are available to buy from https://tomanddicks.co.uk.
Amar, Founder, said: “Tom and Dick’s headquarters are at the original Hoyle site in Mayfield and we got our inspiration when we started to research the history of Cottonopolis and found out about Hoyle’s work. We also love the fact that we can see the original Manchester to Wilmslow train tracks from our headquarters’ window!
“The original Medlock print was created by Thomas ‘Tom’ Hoyle in 1823 and we’re picking up where Tom left off, by re-imagining his work for the 2020’s, as a tribute to his innovation.”
Thomas Hoyle & Sons Ltd, were a firm of dyers and calico printers in the North West which grew to become one of the largest calico printers in the world in the mid-19th century. They became renowned for their innovations and beautiful designs.
Tom & Dick’s second namesake, Richard ‘Dick’ Arkwright pioneered the world’s first steam driven textile mill in 1781 and with that, the region became known as Cottonopolis, the thriving hub of the textiles industry.
Added 37 year old Amar: “We’re continuing that tradition of being at the forefront of technology and because we’re committed to sustainability and ethical resourcing, we then looked at ways to make our cushions more environmentally friendly and that’s when we came up with the idea of using recycled bottles for the filling.
“Having found a supplier on the same mission it was a no brainer. We also have a zero-plastic approach to all packaging, which is why our cushions are delivered in 100% biodegradable sugar cane sacks.”
The company launched last year and is committed to creating beautiful, luxury products for the home that are environmentally-friendly, sustainable and ethically sourced, starting with a range of hand-crafted bedding and soft furnishings.