Our Community & Environment

Humphries Weaving is located at Ashburton Lodge, the Victorian mill manager’s house and the same building where we first started manufacturing in 1972. Here we undertake design develop, project management, host showroom visits and utilise our unique colour and design archive.

Sudbury Silk Mills is our weaving mill situated close the river Stour in Suffolk, England. The site overlooks ancient water meadows, a rural idyll that has remained untouched for centuries.

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As a vertical production jacquard weaving mill, the entire process from yarn dyeing, warping, jacquard program designing, weaving to finished fabric can be followed through the factory. There are 48 looms in operation at the mill, producing a wide range of fabrics of exceptional quality, all custom-woven to order. Our highly skilled weavers and technicians undertake all the weaving on site, and every metre of fabric is inspected by hand before leaving the mill.

Julius Walters is the Managing Director of Sudbury Silk Mills (SSM), a group of companies involved in the manufacture of a wide range of textile products for customers worldwide. This report focuses on areas of progress and performance in all areas of sustainability that are important to our stakeholders and also to the success of our business. Sudbury Silk Mills recognises the importance that its customers and staff place on sustainability and is developing meaningful key performance indicators to enable the board to monitor the group’s progress in meeting its objectives and responsibilities in these areas.

Our approach to sustainability is focused on four core categories; Products, Processes, Environment and Social, as summarised below. To request a full copy of our Sustainability report please click here.

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Products

Our raw materials are carefully selected and our supply chain is managed to offer great diversity, quality and performance of the range of furnishing products that we can produce, while minimising the impact on the environment.

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Processes

The knowledge and expertise of our skilled staff contribute to our ‘right first-time’ initiatives; minimising waste, reworking of materials and energy consumption, through design and product development, yarn dyeing, weaving and finishing.

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Environment

Our aim is to ensure that the presence of our business is of benefit to both the local and wider community. This includes protecting resources, reducing consumption and adding value to the projects, businesses and people we work with.

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Social

Being responsible and sustainable is fundamental to our purpose. This section sets out our progress and performance in social aspects ensuring human rights and ethics. Alongside this, information about our community engagement practices.

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