Warbeck & Cox 2013 so far

Yes, it’s been a long old time since we’ve managed to write a post and keep you up to date with our goings on – and what a lot there is to tell you!

When we last posted back in November we were furiously making up and dispatching all of our Christmas orders and then December disappeared in much the same way too.  Once all the festivities were over it was time to organise the dreaded tax return – my most loathed job in all the world.

HMRC tax return

But no sooner had that been filed when planning had to start to organise my mother’s 60th. We’ll write lots more on that another time as we particularly want to tell you all about the amazing team at Pizza of Dreams who came to feed us all and helped make it the rip roaring success that it was with everyone dressed in silver platform boots and psychedelic bell bottoms.

pizza of dreams

In between all of that, it has been business as usual with orders to keep on top of, the drawing new designs and playing with pantone books…

Pantone Books

having bolts of fabric printed up….

Beetle Fabric

and working on several bespoke projects.

Including designing the table decorations for a wedding & making up napkins for a super cool, eco conscious graphic design company.

Damask Wedding Table Numbers

And as if that wasn’t enough to keep us out of mischief….  we have had a wedding to plan, a ceremony to get through

Warbeck & Cox Wedding

and a quick honeymoon to go on…


Oh, and to top it all off, we’ve moved.

hermitage offices

Yes, 2013 thus far has been pretty action packed indeed!

Waddesdon Manor and Plant Centre

This weekend we decided to take a little sneaky peak at our latest stockist – Waddesdon Manor.   So on Saturday morning we popped in to the Plant Centre to discover a wonderful display of some of our goodies.

Waddesdon Plant Centre

Here are some of our Grasshopper Cushions, some of our Leaves Notecard Sets as well as some of our Leaves Napkins

& some of our Damask Cushions & new pink Beetle Napkins

You can imagine how thrilled we were to watch one lady trying to decide if she wanted a green or black beetle tea towel. She couldn’t and ended up taking both – a lady clearly, with great taste!! 🙂

Our Top Ten Ticklingly Good Fun & Terribly Trendy Table Napkins

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear us say that we’re rather partial to fun tableware… and it’s good to know that we’re not alone.  Recently, we’ve been spying more and more fun and stylish napkins in bright vibrant colours.

Here are, as chosen by us, our Top Ten Ticklingly Good Fun & Terribly Trendy Table Napkins….

10 – Giardino’s Paisley Napkins, £24.15 for a set of 4

9 – Made with Love by Charlotte Fleming’s Light House Napkins, £18 for a set of 4

8 – Concetta Gallo for Habitat’s Concetta, cotton printed napkins, £5 each.

7 – Imogen Luddy’s Polite Napkins, £10 each

6 – Lush Designs Vegetable Napkins, £31 for a set of 4

5 – The Coin Laundry’s Hungry Like The Wolf Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

4 – Oh Little Rabbit’s Revolver and Daisys Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

3 – Cyanide Stitches’ Robot Dinner Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

2 – Betsy Grace’s Mustache Napkins, £45.75 for a set of 6

And at Number 1 – our favourite napkins are… drum roll….. yes, you guessed it…. our Beetle Napkins, £20 for a set of 4 … but then that probably didn’t come as a complete surprise now did it??

So, do you know any that we’ve missed out??

Cotton vs. Paper Napkins

We’re often asked by our customers and friends which option we should be going for when it comes to napkins – are cotton napkins more eco-friendly than disposable paper napkins? or is it the other way around?

eco napkins

Well, there’s lots of information on the world wide web on this fiercely debated topic but one of the most comprehensive articles comes from Pablo Paster on Treehugger.com.  Here he argues that cotton has about half the impact of paper and to explain his findings he goes through the lifecycle of each inorder to understand their actual cost to the environment.

Cotton napkin production, is without a doubt definitely the more wasteful, needing vast quantities of water for it to grow, pesticides, bleach and yet more water during the processing of the fabrics.  It needs soap to wash it which (can enter and damage water/eco systems), oh, and that’s not to mention the energy required to operate the washing machines to launder and then the dryers to dry them! Yes, that’s quiet a lot to be thinking about compared with the relatively small number of negatives for paper towels – namely deforestation and massive contribution to landfill which is then responsible for producing methane gases.

It comes as no surprise then that Paster’s article shows a 28gm cotton napkin to cause 1kg of greenhouse gases and uses 150 litres of water, a linen napkin 112gm of greenhouse emissions and 22 litres of water followed by a paper napkin which uses 10grams of gases and 0.3 litres of water.

Yup, it’s pretty clear that cotton is still the worst offender when it comes to production.  But once you take into account that cloth napkins are not a single use item (like their paper cousin) that go on for years and years, the experts start changing their minds.   With paper waste in the US accounting for 25% of all landfill, really, it’s not rocket science is it?……… The trick they say is to go for linen if possible (the flax plant is more resistant to disease and needs far less pesticides) and not wash them after every use.  Instead, chuck them in with the rest of your laundry at the end of the week to have as small an impact in terms of water, soap or energy consumption.  And don’t forget to resist using that dryer – instead stick them out to dry for free on the washing line for an even lower carbon footprint!

Good job then that there are so many gorgeous napkins out there hey?  Click here to see our top 10 favourites!