A St Agnes resident has started a new business selling handmade children's clothing and homewares made from recycled materials.

Emily Sladen got the idea for Scilly Threads after realising how much fabric is wasted in a tourist location.


She said: "Living on an off Island and a small community you realise how much textile waste is produced and it is a surprisingly large amount. If even some of this could be reused it could make a big difference so I started looking at ways to use it. 


"As we live in such a tourism driven holiday let community there is always loads of old bed linen and curtains. Often even if there is a small stain or slight fabric fading the whole piece of fabric gets thrown away but there's so much you can do with it and reduce your waste bill even!"


Emily graduated a year ago from studying Textile Design at the University of Leeds, which she described as having a strong drive to encourage new sustainable methods.


She added: "If anyone does have any fabrics they would like to get rid of or donate on any of the Islands I would love to put a shout out to collect it and start recycling it all."


Find out more about Emily's new business at

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