FormerFibres

Slouchy style eco-friendly pet beds

Hamilton, Ontario 81 Sales On Etsy since 2019

5 out of 5 stars (22)

FormerFibres

Slouchy style eco-friendly pet beds

Hamilton, Ontario | 81 Sales

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Kylie Johnson

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Kylie Johnson

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About FormerFibres

Sales 81
On Etsy since 2019

Just one boss lady, trying to do her little bit for the environment.

Former Fibres started as a Christmas gift for my father, who dislikes the commercialized season that Christmas has become. Instead of gifting him something bought, my family does acts of kindness in his name and surprise him with our contributions. I knew that I wanted to use my creativity and make something, but what could it be? I had been very aware of all the environmental impacts that plastic has on our planet, and stopped using single-use plastics in our home. Every time that I needed to get rid of something I would think of where it goes and how it can be used. So then one day it came to me, I was going through all of my sheets, matching up odds and ends finding a few complete sets that I wanted, but a whole lot of extras we didn’t need in our little home. A light bulb went off in my head, what if I used upcycled fabric to make pet beds! I went straight out and found myself a sewing machine and remembered those sewing skills that I learnt in Girl Guides many years ago.

When it came to the part to stuff my beds with filling, I was hit with a surprise, unknown to me at the time polyfill is of course PLASTIC! After doing some research I discovered how polyfill is made, the harmful chemicals used and how it is horrible for our pets, yet every bed you find is filled with it. I had to find a better alternative, I went searching high and low and even after calling almost every fabric supply store in the greater Toronto area, I was at a loss, no one carried an environmental alternative. To the internet, I went and ended up stumbling across Kapok. So there I had it, a lovely environmental pet bed that was lovingly handmade by myself and stuffed with all natural fibre harvested from the seedpod of the Kapok tree!

I made a few extra so that for every bed that I gifted that Christmas to my family and friends, I was also able to donate one to a pet in need in my dad’s name. Nine kitty’s/small dogs, and one large dog got a new comfortable bed to sleep on that holiday. Best of all was the look on my Dad's face when he saw what I had created. In the same spirit, I continue to donate beds to shelters using up odds and ends of my fabric, ensuring that nothing goes to waste.

Everything from the products I create to the packaging that they're shipped in is made with the environment in mind.

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Shop members

  • Kylie

    Owner, Maker

    Hi! My names Kylie, and I created Former Fibres. I love animals and the environment. When I am not at work or making pet beds, you can usually find me camping in an Ontario park.

  • Taylor

    Handsome Helper

    Taylor's the main man behind the scenes, from building our displays to stuffing our beds and helping out at markets - he definitely comes in handy!

  • Merida

    Cat-sistant

    Merida is a thorough product tester and enjoys attempting to trace patterns.

  • Cleo

    Chief Four-legged Officer

    Cleo keeps everything in order, supervising our Cat-sistant - quality control is her specialty.

Local

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  • Etsy Made in Canada
    Lincoln Alexander Centre
    HAMILTON, ON

    Sep 27–28

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Last updated on 14 Jul, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Washing & Care instructions

Kapok fibre compresses when slept on, but fluffs back to shape easily! To keep your pet most comfortable, fluff the bed periodically to break up the Kapok fibres. After prolonged use, take your bed outside for a few hours, the Kapok fibres will ‘fluff up’ when placed in sunlight.

Kapok is waterproof, and it should never be placed in the wash, it will clump and can be difficult to re-fluff. As Kapok is naturally anti-bacterial and resistant to rot, only the cover will need cleaning. I recommend vacuuming your bed weekly and spot clean any stains with warm water as needed; you can even use your favourite natural pet spray cleaner. Pat the bed to dry and then stick out in the sun - the UV rays will expand the Kapok fibres, disinfect naturally

Sizing details

Small - suitable for cats and dogs up to 30 lbs
23"x14"x7" Inches

Medium - suitable for dogs up to 60 lbs
33"x24"x7" Inches

Large - suitable for dogs up to 90 lbs
44”x28”x7” Inches

Custom sizes are available on custom orders.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Our products are packaged just for you, with the environment in mind. You'll be happy to know that our packaging is 100% recyclable and/or biodegradable and will contain zero plastic. Even our paper packaging tape is made from 95% post-consumer recycled content.

Custom and personalised orders

I love creating custom orders! My pattern is easily scalable so If your pet is in need of a custom size bed either larger or smaller than our traditional sizes just reach out.

Custom patterns/colours can also be requested, keeping in mind that due to my fabric being all upcycled I actually have to hunt for your ideal pattern combination. It’s easy for your pets bed to match the decor of your home - just send me some images of your aesthetic, and I’ll take it from there!

All custom orders are paid in advance and start at 3 week production time.

Wholesale availability

Small independent wholesale opportunities are available. Connect with me to discuss terms.

Is the shipping really that high on my order with multiple products?

In most cases no it's not. Etsy does not do a great job at calculating the shipping cost on orders with multiple products from the same shop - it just assumes that each item will ship separately. I do my best to ship your order in the most cost-effective way possible. Any shipping overages will be refunded once I create your shipping label. If you would like a shipping estimate before placing your order, just send me a message with your postal/zip code and the size and number of products you wish to order, then I will happily get back to you with an estimate.

Are your products vegan? Do they use/contain any animal materials?

Not only are my products eco-friendly they are also vegan-friendly! Using 100% synthetic (polyester, nylon, etc.), and 100% plant-based (Kapok, cotton, hemp, etc.) materials.

The 1 exception to the above being the label. I made the conscious decision to switch to an all natural suede, in an effort to reduce the amount of virgin plastic being used in my products.

I do however happily offer an alternative faux Ultrasuede label which is made of synthetic polyester and microfibre. If you prefer your products to be 100% vegan just let me know in the comment section when placing your order, and I'll happily affix the faux suede alternative.