by Rowan Davidson for the Border Telegraph
AN Innerleithen-based clothing business has been shortlisted for the Product Scotland Award after being recognised for their environmental change.
Founded by Alex Feechan, FINDRA, is known for high performance active wear especially for women.
Until in 2018, they introduced a menswear range to their collection.
It was announced last week that FINDRA has been shortlisted for the Product Scotland Award category in the VIBES, Scottish Environment Business Awards.
This award recognises a business that has developed a product that brings both environmental and business benefits.
A total of 36 businesses from across Scotland have been included in the shortlist for the prestigious awards, which are focused on inspiring companies to play their part in meeting Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader on tackling climate change.
Alex said: “At FINDRA, we are committed to producing clothing which combines natural or recycled raw materials with innovative manufacturing, such as our pioneering Seamless Performance™ technology, which sees our 100 per cent Merino garments created with zero waste.
“It is an honour to be shortlisted for this award and to rub shoulders with other fantastic and inspiring businesses.
“Congratulations and the best of luck to all the other finalists.”
FINDRA’s Marin Merino Cowl Neck Top is the business’s shortlisted product.
The sustainable top, ideal for outdoor activity, is designed in Scotland and made in the UK from ethically sourced merino wool.
Made using FINDRA’s Seamless Performance™ technology, a 3D knitting process which results in a garment that has not been pieced together from component parts – so no risk of chafing – the Marin is hard-wearing and comfortable.
The natural properties present in merino means it requires less washing than synthetic fibres, further reducing environmental impact.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards and the finalists have been selected across 11 categories, which recognise the different ways that sustainable best practice can be implemented.
Bob Downes, chair of Scottish Environment Protection Agency and head of the VIBES judging panel, said: “The scale of environmental challenges facing humanity is enormous, with a real urgency to act. The successful businesses of tomorrow will be those who embrace the economic opportunity of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.
“VIBES recognise Scotland’s leading businesses who show a real commitment to sustainable goods, products and services through leadership, innovation and ambition.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 14 in Glasgow.