As a small team of makers with a passion for handcrafted ethical design, our goal is to make the very best quality products we can, not the highest number or biggest batches. We come to work each morning to create heirlooms of the future; investment pieces that will be passed down and cherished for generations - not trend-driven designs that will be out of fashion next year and join landfill.
We charge a fair price for them. Enough to pay our talented team well for their craftsmanship and skills, enough to cover the cost of the high quality, sustainably sourced materials that go into each and every design. Enough to pay our suppliers and their employees a fair wage and enough to keep our business going.
So just like all previous Black Fridays, and every Black Friday that will unfortunately come around in the future, we will not participate in the race to be the cheapest just to make more sales. We will not compromise what our business stands for - our strong roots and moral conscience. If you do buy something this weekend - something that you honestly need and love, make a better choice - choose quality, handcrafted pieces that will last a lifetime.
Sustainable from day one
Here at Tom Raffield a responsible and sustainable approach is at the heart of everything we do. As a design-led brand, crafting artisan pieces with long lasting quality, sustainability has always been our goal.
But great design is about more than just the products we make. Sustainability is the bedrock of our business and binds our ecological processes, nature-inspired designs and the culture of our team.
"I truly believe that sustainability should be synonymous with good design, much like quality and function are, and that this is the answer to over-consumption and the environmental challenges we face. It’s fantastic to see consumer expectations changing to recognise this too and I hope sustainable design principles will become more widely adopted by leading designers as time goes on”.
Our promise – we’re committed to making superior quality pieces that are loved, used and stand the test of time. We offer a lifetime guarantee on products purchased from us. We pride ourselves on delivering quality homeware pieces which are designed and made by our team of master craftspeople to the very highest standards. We always go the extra mile to make sure you're happy with your commissioned piece and we quality-check our work meticulously at every stage, from design to delivery. So we've decided to celebrate this and offer a guarantee of which we’re equally as proud. Just in case you ever need it.
Alongside our work with Woodland Heritage, Woodland Trust, and Tevi, we've also joined forces with Ecologi to become a climate positive workforce. This means that we're able to offset our employees carbon footprints, including emissions from their home, personal travel, holidays, food, hobbies and more. Ecologi also offset all Tom Raffield business travel, plant trees in the UK and fund the world’s best climate crisis solutions. We're currently celebrating 3 months of climate positive work with Ecologi - the start of many to come. You can keep up to date with our progress by visiting our Ecologi profile or following our updates over on Instagram.
Make sustainable consumerist choices. When purchasing new items, albeit for your home or not, ask yourself the following questions: Is the product built from durable and sustainable materials? Is the product constructed in a way that makes it long lasting or repairable? Does the product have good aftercare? Do customer reviews back all of these claims up? Is the product made using ethical working practices? If the answer is yes to all of the above and you need the new item, chances are its a sustainable buy.
Make small changes starting at home - be a more conscious consumer. Some of our teams favourite sustainable tips include choosing quality designs made from eco-friendly materials, making an effort to save energy and water by turning off lights and turning down the thermostat, ditching plastic packaging and recycle more. Discover our sustainability blog series here for more ideas.
Get involved with National Tree Week. National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. This week (28th Nov - 6th Dec) people are planting trees around the country and laying down roots for a more tree-filled future, to tackle climate change and protect our precious wildlife habitats. Find out how you can get involved here.