The story of the Bonden home textiles, made of Finnish lamb wool, was on show at the Haltia Nature Centre's winter exhibition from the 9th of December to the February 2nd. Haltia gallery premises offered an inherent and interactive venue for evaluating our relationship to nature and the importance it has on our choices.
’’Respect for nature was the premise for the ecologically and ethically produced textile collection’’, says Kati Hienonen, designer of the Bonden collection. From material choices to the end of the product's life, circular economy has been taken on account as much as is currently possible. A textile should not leave behind harmful chemicals at the end of its life cycle. Bonden products made of Finnish lamb wool are a non-toxic alternative for interiors where sustainability is built in to luxury concept.
By using this exceptional material, pure and untreated wool of Finnish sheep, 50-80% of which is normally wasted, she wants to contribute to comprehensive well being of nature and humans. ''Finnish lamb wool is anyway a by-product of meat production, however unfortunately the price the sheep farmer receives from the wool is so low, that it usually ends up being disposed rather than applied in further production'', she says and continues '' As a designer I wanted to bring this traditional handicraft material to the context of home textile and small industrial scale manufacturing. To achieve this I have developed the properties of material construction to be suitable for year around use''.
''Wool is a material that can easily be reused. We need to find solutions for collecting and recycling clean wool is an example of things that can still be improved'', she summarises.
Read more about the exhibition here