Gina Hearn Fonesca founded the Malva Collective to bring sustainably sourced, eco friendly textiles to the UK from her her home country of Guatemala.
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About Malva Collective
Malva Collective CEO Gina Fonseca is an interior designer with a passion for high-quality fabrics and textiles.
After coming to live in the UK in 2014, she decided to create a company where she could support businesses in her home country by bringing some incredible talent from Guatemala to the UK.
Malva Collective textiles are hand-picked by Gina. Fundamental to their values is that they produce sustainable textiles in an ethically responsible way, using environmentally friendly methods with minimal chemicals, no dyes and less water.
We Love Malva Collective Because…
All Malva Collective textiles and fabrics are made in Guatemala, some are made in a mill and others are hand made by artisans that specialise in using the foot-loom.
The Process: The mill Malva Collective works with has been established since 1956, and specializes in collecting and sorting post-industrial waste from local garment factories, grounding these scraps back into fibre, to spin these once again into new yarns to weave and up-cycle into new curated woven fabrics collection.
The process is chemical-free, dye-free, and uses minimal water and energy. They do not add any synthetic fibres (such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, etc).
Hand Made Textiles: Since 1994 Malva Collective partners have managed to preserve the prehistoric colours of the cotton, native Ixacaco, Cuyuscate and Jade cotton which was almost extinct in the 90’s.
- The threads from this natural cotton are utilized by the artisans, to make beautiful textiles in combination with blue recyclable threads from the sustainable mill we also partner with.
- 80% of their artisans are women, and their aim is to support them and help them preserve their culture, without having to migrate to other countries.
- For every kilogram of upcycled textile waste, they save up to 20,000 litres of water.
- For every ton of upcycled textiles, 20 tons of CO2 are prevented from entering the atmosphere.
- Malva Collective is committed to creating products that are all 100% natural and compostable.
More About Malva Collective
With every sale from the Malva Collective , the Jungle School based in PetenGuatemala is supported through the Hearts in Action organisation. Located against the backdrop of one of the world’s most at-risk rainforests, the school focuses on giving the young children of the community an extra- special education and showing them the importance of taking care of the forest.
Malva Collective believes that by making small changes we can make a BIG difference. By supporting these progressive, eco-aware businesses in Guatemala, we can all take steps towards a more sustainable future.