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We’ve removed all traces of cement from our mix in a bid to create a more sustainable range of homewares. We’ve always loved the look and feel of concrete or other stoneware but like many, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the negative impacts materials like these have on our planet.
Our new mix looks and feels a lot like concrete but the components are very different. At least 60% of the dried materials are recycled: recycled crushed oyster shells & recycled by-products from iron making. We’ve also ditched cement and replaced it with natural hydraulic lime.
A big reason construction moved over from lime to cement is the setting time and lower skill level required with working with cement. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t envious of the setting times and workability of concrete or materials like jesmonite which can set in as little as 12 hours and is super simple to work with.
Our mix is prepared and poured into their moulds. Lime is susceptible to shrinkage and hair line cracks if the exact right ratios aren’t observed - it’s taken an age to get our mix just right! They are then left to air dry in their moulds for up to 3 weeks depending on the size of the piece. Throughout this process we keep the exposed side lightly moist by dampening with a cloth daily to prevent shrinkage. Once fully set, they are removed from the moulds and two layers of stone sealant are applied to protect the surfaces and make them water resistant.