A fleet of around 20 mega sailing yachts is en route to Porto Cervo on the island of Sardinia for the seventh edition of the exclusive Perini Navi Cup – one of the largest single-brand superyacht regattas in the world. The 2018 event is hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from 19-22 September



Perini Navi specialises in the design and construction of superyachts, both motor & sail,  in aluminium and steel and have more than 55 per cent of the world market for sailing yachts over 45m in length. The Perini Navi Cup is an exhilarating event reserved for Perini Navi yachts that combines high-performance sailing with the Mediterranean lifestyle in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Now in its 7th edition, this formula has proved hugely popular with owners and captured the imagination of the yachting world.


The crew of one superyacht “Aquarius” will be gifted an exclusive personalised upcycled sailcloth flight bag…I wonder which Devon based eco-conscious company hand made these?!


Having featured in an early summer issue of the gorgeous Reclaim magazine we are delighted to be part of this month’s magazine competition, offering one lucky Reclaim reader the chance to win one of our bespoke deckchairs…Issue 30 is in the shops now!

Look at this lovely magazine – we are delighted to have been contacted by Reclaim Magazine to feature on their June issue “We Love” page…

They found our  sailcloth deckchairs while searching for new and exciting upcycled products & we are so pleased that they love them as much as we do…reuse, reduce, recycle, Reclaim!!

Earlier this month we were contacted by Susanna Kelly, Founder & Chief of Hope + Story.  Her website is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle department store with a difference….Every purchase from the ethical fashion and lifestyle brands listed with Hope + Story generates meals for children going hungry here in the UK and helps unemployed and disabled people to transition into work.


Child poverty campaign

1 in 10 children in the UK are going hungry…the “buy one feed one” idea is a way that Susanna believes that we can stop this. Each purchase from Hope + Story, feeds a child in need and supports an unemployed and disabled adult into paid employment.


We are delighted to be part of this initiative…see more at www.hopeandstory.com


We were so excited at the beginning of the month to be invited by Roundtable Global to be a partner seller on their new ethical Marketplace, Beyond Bamboo…and we jumped at the opportunity!


Take a look at the Ecohustler press release announcing the launch of Beyond Bamboo on April 23rd and then visit the Beyond Bamboo website for a fabulously selection of products for the conscious consumer…featuring Sails and Canvas – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Beyond sustainable

And we are back on the main display in Darts Farm…looking lovely with one of our personalised “Devon” deckchairs on centre stage!  This will be the third year that Darts have supported Sails and Canvas, they are well renowned for bigging up buy local and we are proud to be one of their suppliers.  So pop in and see all that is on offer in the Best Farm Shop in the UK*


*Food Readers Awards 2018

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.