When we upcycle an old sail we try to use as much of the fabric as possible… so once we have cut as many large items as the sail will allow we use the smaller pieces for single bottle bags, doorstops & finally sunglass cases.  Inevitably there are pieces of cloth that end up going into our green sacks for trash collection with the final destination being incinerator or landfill.  We have contacted several organisations to see if there is any recycling facilities for sailcloth but have had no luck to date.


But hoping to address the issue is the latest programme from the Ellen MacAthur Foundation – the Circular Fibres Initiative was created in May 2017 & outlines plans for a circular economy for textiles starting with clothing.  The Foundation’s report – A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future was launched in London last November by Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney.  People are aware of the damage that plastic pollution & plastic microparticles does to our oceans, the harm this causes to sea life (& potentially us as it enters the food chain) but microfibres from clothes is potentially just as damaging.

Let’s hope this is the start of rethinking another aspect of how we live.

Read article here

We are very pleased at the results of our collaboration with Paul Barclay Designs in Dartmouth…5 of our best selling #upcycled sailcloth products have been given the Paul Barclay touch with his signature yacht design & distinctive red 8’s.



Summer Shades in all shapes and sizes!

We are all enjoying this lovely sunshine but in true British style we are still looking for a bit of shade! In the last few months various upcycled sailcloth awnings and interior sail shades have been leaving our workshop to have a new life in homes and gardens across the South West. Here’s some pics and messages from some happy customers…

Thanks to the S&C Crew for a great job in making our conservatory blinds with the sail cloths. They work really well keeping the glare out and look great. Really good quality products backed up with a really good service.

Thank you

Morris family from Budleigh

Hi, Now that the sun has come out we have fitted our new blinds!!
We are very pleased with them, especially as they are so light and easy to handle.
Attached are some photos for you.
 Once again
Thank you very much,
Dave and Mags Miller

Back on the main stage at Darts Farm!

Darts 2

Whilst you are queuing for your lunch take a look to your right….Sails and Canvas are this months featured gifts supplier with a full range of upcycled sailcloth and marine canvas goodies!

From Gales to Whales – and a bit of important soapbox action


It’s such a British thing to talk about the weather but we’re all at it, especially as storm season grabbed the headlines at the end of last month. Our lovely Welsh seamstress went to Murrayfield to watch the six nations rugby, a mere 10 hour drive from Devon, travelling up with Doris and back with Ewan and don’t even mention the score (sorry Ang!) We tried to capture the noise the wind was making as it blew through the masts in the boatyard next to the S&C sail loft…it’s such an amazing sound but on our video attempt all you could hear was Doris blowing a hooley.  It’s only since November 2015 that the MET office starting naming severe Winter storms that hit the UK and the general public get to choose their names by email or social media – so get your votes in for next years poll…I don’t see a Storm Mandi or Juliette on the list 😉


It was also the Autumn of 2015 that the government introduced the 5p charge for all single-use carrier bags in an attempt to reduce the billions of these environmentally damaging bags being used every year. We love that our bags are upcycled from old sails and our shoppers really are a great alternative to plastic carriers – much more than a bag for life, this bag has also had a former life on an ocean wave! Whenever we get colourful sails come into the workshop there’s always a new shopper in the making, although we love the classic white sailcloth too.

Shoppers with pockets


But single-use plastic isn’t only about carrier bags…As you may know we are part of the re-fill Devon campaign, where anyone coming into Sails and Canvas with a drinking bottle or cup can have a top up of water from our tap. It is another simple way to reduce the plastic pollution being caused by disposable bottles and one of the many campaigns running across the country such as #OneLess for London, #Refillbristol


Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into oceans each year, posing a serious threat to our natural and marine environment – experts estimate that plastic is ingested by 31 species of marine mammals and over 100 species of seabirds. With warnings that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 and scientists recent claim that seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year as a result of this pollution entering the food chain, it really is time to make a change. The negative impact of single use plastic is huge but we can all do our bit to combat our throw-away habits – Here’s Less Plastic UK’s 9 tips for living with less plastic

less plastic

Wet February – thank heavens we’ve got that door!


Dry January is officially over, we beat the bluest Monday, toasted the haggis and have made it beyond pay day…is this the start of wet February then (in more ways than the miserable rain)?


Actually January had a “wet” blip – we managed to get out for our S&C Christmas party, better late than never..for those who haven’t yet been, we thoroughly recommend the Namaste Himalaya restaurant in Exmouth namastehimalayaexmouth.co.uk for delicious nepalese food and a couple of cocktails in Oddfellows before hand just for good measure.


But less of the social chat and back to business…during the crazy Christmas present buying frenzy (love it) we had quite a few requests for laptops and iPad cases, inspired by the already popular document wallets…which got us thinking.  So we have been trying out various different designs. And having discovered that an iPad reacts to touch through the clear material we use in our porthole pocket shoppers, we are well on our way to adding a new range to our collection – we will keep you posted!


We have also introduced a number of limited edition colours in the flight bag range, a really striking coral and rich royal blue – the flight bag, as well as being the perfect size for a cabin carry on, is great for the gym and generally a all-round good egg kinda bag if you know what I mean…have a look on our website and grab one of these beauties before they sell out.

coral bags

Btw, the pinch punch first of the month thing (for those of you who follow our fabulous social media 😉 had an interesting response on one of the websites I read, originating from the West Country…apparently the reply down these parts is “A flick and a kick for being too quick”…will have to remember that when we’re out and about in Topsham when the 1st of March rolls around!


So hurrah for February, the nights are pulling out and a 12th of the year is already done…and there’s pancakes to look forward to 🙂