Baabaazuzu came to be in late 1993 after Sue Burns cut up the shrunken remains of her favorite sweaters, pieced the fragments together and made jackets with matching hats for her two young daughters.
The process behind baabaazuzu’s creations is an age-old process. Felting. Simply put, it’s taking wool sweaters or garments and washing them in very hot water so as to shrink into a very dense, very strong wool “fabric.” Sue then takes the felted material, cuts them up and, with her eye-of-an-artist, purposefully pieces them back together into wearable works of art.
Just like snowflakes, no two pieces of baabaazuzu are ever alike. Each is lovingly handcrafted of 100% vintage wool, reclaimed and transformed into a beautiful and oh-so-cozy wearable. Every piece is an inspired original. Just like the person who wears it.
Each year, American textile waste accounts for over 3.3 million tons of the solid waste stream. Baabaazuzu helps to lessen this load by upcycling 750 pounds of wool garments and textiles every week. In addition to simply reusing something that would otherwise go into a landfill, baabaazuzu takes these additional “green” measures:
-Felted wool “scraps” not used in larger pieces are made into other products and accessories. Very little of the original wool textile goes unused.
-Use of Selestial Soap – a locally-made (less transportation involved), concentrated, biodegradable, phosphate- and dye-free laundry soap.
-Use of high-efficiency machines – though baabaazuzu’s sales have increased dramatically over the years, by replacing our standard washers with high efficiency, custom made machines, we have been able to keep our energy and water use the same, even with the increased output.
-Re-use (recycle) of boxes for shipping.
-Fleece lining in hats, mittens, etc. is made from recycled plastics.
-Baabaazuzu’s facilities is highly energy efficient, boasting a foot of insulation in its walls.
-Use of recycled paper in marketing collateral.