Award for turning coffee bags to textiles

Finance director Nick Brown, CEO Steve Bullas and Group sales and marketing director Andrew Schofield.
Finance director Nick Brown, CEO Steve Bullas and Group sales and marketing director Andrew Schofield.

A Mirfield textile company which makes environmental fabrics from harvested nettles and recycled coffee sacks has received a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

Manufacturing more than eight million metres of fabric a year, Camira Group Limited lists clients as varied as London Underground, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Its latest fabrics are made from wool, flax and recycled coffee bean sacks which are pulled back to fibre. Fabrics include closed loop recycled polyesters.

The group, whose headquarters are in Mirfield, was recognised for its achievements in sustainable product design, supply chain initiatives, waste saving and recycling, as well as people development and corporate social responsibility.

This is the company’s fourth Queen’s Award, following previous success in both the innovation and international trade categories.

The company, which employs 650 people, also supports the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to protect the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, recognising the origin of the traceable wool used in its fabrics.

Camira CEO Steve Bullas spoke on behalf of the company’s entire 650 strong workforce: “This is the pinnacle of achievement in terms of recognition for our proactive stance putting sustainable development at the very heart of our business model. It not only gives us a unique competitive advantage, but it’s great for our wider stakeholders and the communities in which we work and do business.”