Wool felt is already a green product — it’s a renewable resource, it’s natural and biodegradable, and this felt is manufactured to Oeko-tex 100 standards.   But as you can imagine, after a few years of making these fine felt tea cosies I’ve a pile of felt scraps and every now and again an idea drifts through my head of what to make with them.  This past week it’s been coasters — another item that uses felt’s natural ability to insulate.

I was initially inspired in part to keep all the felt scraps by Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, an American rug manufacturer who, in the seminal 2003 documentary The Corporation, talked about reclaiming the heretofor wasted roll ends of carpets to make more beautiful carpets. By doing this they reduced the amount of petroleum that had to be pulled from the earth and saved their company money all at the same time. That’s eco logic. Waste not, want not.

Wool felt coaster set

The coasters’ are another iteration of “the puzzle pieces” — so dubbed since carefully fitting them together is a wonderful piece of puzzling.

Coaster set by Flock of Tea Cosy

I feel they’re kind of like drawings — each one is different and free-form depending on the scraps that are in the pile that day.

Coaster set in Industrial Blue Felt

Reducing waste in the workshop.

Coasters/Trivets