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5 Questions for an Eco-Friend - Peg Shop

I first came across Nia from Peg on Instagram while doing one of Lynsey's Handmade Virtual Craft Fairs. I couldn't get over how cute her little baby shoes were, and then I discovered that she made them from reclaimed fabrics, which meant I just had to have her on the blog. Here's Nia to tell you more about her journey and why she makes what she makes.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Nia, the nature loving, animal loving, plant loving, founder of Peg!

Originally from Wales, I now live in Leicestershire with my husband, 3 teenagers, one Golden Retriever, 2 cats and 2 chickens.

Seriously cute baby slippers made from reclaimed fabrics

Tell us about your business and what you do

I make baby slippers and clothes from reclaimed fabrics.

The Peg process often starts with a trip around local charity shops, also known here as Treasure Hunting. Fabrics are carefully selected then sorted and washed before being carefully teamed with similar or contrasting fabrics for cuffs and linings.

They are then upcycled into fabulous new items, washed again and added to the shop to begin their new little garment lives.

Due to the nature of my source materials, many items are one of a kind and all are limited editions, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! You don’t get many babygrows from a t shirt!

Orders are wrapped in recycled tissue paper and dispatched in eco friendly packaging.

I am currently working on a range of adult sized slippers so watch this space!

What made you start your eco / reusable business – why do you do what you do?

While I have always loved the natural world and tried to care for our environment as much as possible, the last 18 months have made me look at things in a different way.

In June 2020, the city of Leicester, just down the road from Peg HQ, went into the UK’s first local lockdown. A major contributing factor in this decision was, according to many reports, due to what has been described as sweatshops operating in some of the city’s garment manufacturing factories.

This, of course is happening all over the world, but sweatshops a few miles away is an eyeopener. This together with concerns over the environment, fast fashion and unethical supply chains made me delve further into these issues.

I have always dabbled with making things, and while sewing facemasks for a local charity during the pandemic, I one day wondered if it was possible to make a babygrow out of a t shirt. The answer – yes it is!

All stylish babies should wear new from old clothes!

As a former midwife, I had a small antenatal education business and thought I might add a few upcycled babygrows to my website. As the covid pandemic rumbled on, it became apparent that in-person antenatal classes were becoming a thing of the past and my attention turned to making upcycled baby items.

And so Peg was born!

What is the best thing about your eco / reusable business – what do you love to sell / make / talk about?

My favourite thing about running Peg is that my bestselling little slippers are often given as new baby welcome gifts. And that people tell me they will save them as keepsakes to remember how tiny their babies’ feet once were! Job satisfaction doesn’t get much better than that!

Where can people find and connect with you and learn more about what you do?

Peg can be found at:

Helping your child stay clean can help the planet too...

I dare you not to fall in love with those shoes - and what better gift for a new baby than soft, reclaimed tiny little shoes. Thank you so much, Nia, for sharing your journey and passion with us.

Ruth xx

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