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Fabric Scrap Bookmarks


These bookmarks are handmade by our very own Núria from Team ABP 😊.


We now have a sewing machine in the office, which is exciting, because it means that we can make some of our own products now. The machine originally belonged to Jenny’s nan, so it is around 50 years old. It was built before the age of planned obsolescence, so having been recently serviced, it works as well as ever!


Making products in-house using the sewing machine has left us with some bits of scrap fabric that is too small for us to make other new products out of. Being wasteful is not ABP’s style, so we’ve made bookmarks out of them!


These bookmarks could be made out of a combination of fabrics. We use upcycled fabrics as well as new fabrics. The new fabrics are either organic cotton or linen. The upcycled fabrics are mostly cotton, but there might occasionally be some viscose too. The thread we use is either organic cotton or Tencel. (Tencel and viscose are made from natural sources of cellulose, such as wood).


To use, just slip the corner of your page into the bookmark. A couple of these bookmarks would be great for use as study aids, or easy referencing. We think one of these bookmarks would make a lovely gift when paired with a book.


The average size of these bookmarks is about 3 x 3 inches. Minimum size = 2.5 x 2.5 inch. Maximum size = 4.0 x 4.0 inch. These sizes are approximate, as they are made using any leftover bits of fabric we have, so each bookmark may have slight variations in size.

  • We have endowed this waste with worth. Don’t you want to buy our waste? We’ve made it all pretty and purposeful for you. You say scrap fabric, we say, oh look it’s a pretty bookmark now, isn’t that nice? Waste not, want not and all that… although we do hope you want these bookmarks. We think they look lovely anyway.

  • What are they made from?

    The materials are either new fabric - using only organic natural materials, or are upcycled and are subject to what we have available, so the materials may change from bookmark to bookmark. 


    Where are they made?

    Here in Glasgow UK, in our ABP office space. Núria works here and cycles into work, so the carbon footprint for this product is very low. 😊


    Is it sustainable?

    Organic cotton – Cotton needs a ridiculous amount of water to grow. It is also very labour intensive because cotton attracts lots of pests. In terms of sustainability, cotton is not the most sustainable, however, many of the alternatives, like hemp, aren’t grown on the same scale (hemp requires fewer pesticides and water). Cotton is much better if it is organic. Organic means no pesticides for one. If you spray pesticides all over your cotton, they are going to get into the water, which will be absorbed by the soil, resulting in pesticides in the water supply. Not to mention all the other toxins used in the production and manufacturing of non-organic cotton. Buy organic cotton because the alternative is appalling.

    Viscose/’Tencel’ – A material made from natural sources of cellulose fibre such as wood. Although viscose is considered a ‘natural’ fibre, its production process is not very eco-friendly as some quite poisonous gases are given off as a by-product during its production. These days, these gases are mostly captured and neutralised, but worker safety in developing countries that produce this fibre can be an issue. The lyocell process (branded as ‘Tencel’), is a closed-loop system and allows no by-products to escape, making the manufacture of viscose in this way ‘neutral’ from an environmental standpoint.


    Is it ethical?

    The cost of labour - phew! Núria is bleeding me dry with these bookmarks… I am joking of course. These bookmarks are handmade with tender loving care right here in Glasgow, not a sweatshop, so Núria is being paid properly for her skills. This is a very relaxed workplace and Núria was a willing volunteer to make products on the sewing machine. (Sewing is a hobby of hers, so she was well up for this). We adhere to all the laws and standards regarding the workplace just as all businesses should, and try to go above and beyond to make ABP a fab place to work. 😊



    Mark your place in the history books by choosing to live less wastefully. These fabric scrap bookmarks will help you turn the page towards a greener lifestyle.