Our Suppliers and Supply Chain
At Britton Scotland, we consider our suppliers to be more than just business partners. They are an extension of our commitment to quality, sustainability, and heritage. Our philosophy is rooted
in a deep appreciation for the Scottish landscape, and each product we craft pays tribute to the natural beauty that surrounds us.
We design our products with sustainability in mind, and this guides our meticulous selection of materials and partners. We are proud to produce the majority of our products in small, on-demand batches to minimize waste and surplus. Whenever possible, we opt for natural fibres and locally sourced materials.
Sustainability is at the forefront of our decision-making process, and we diligently vet each supplier to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
Since 2014, we have nurtured lasting relationships with these partners, fortifying our supply chain. Through ongoing audits and a shared vision for sustainability, we strive to maintain a supply chain that is not only robust but also ethically and environmentally sound.
We are committed to continually improving our environmental and sustainability policy to ensure that our products and
practices reflect our values.
Rams introduced the idea of sustainable development, and of obsolescence being a crime in design, in the 1970s.
Accordingly, he asked himself the question: "Is my design a
We ask ourselves this regularly and pride ourselves in finding the right solution when designing a new product.
Rams conclusions created the basis for his celebrated ten principles.
Accordingly, "good design" and hopefully our products hope to
achieve the following.
is innovative – The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.
makes a product useful – A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also pychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.
is aesthetic – The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
makes a product understandable – It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user's intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
is unobtrusive – Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user's self-expression.
is honest – It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
is long-lasting – It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today's throwaway society.
is thorough down to the last detail – Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
is environmentally friendly – Design makes an important contribution to the reservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
is minimal – Less is more. Simple as possible but not simpler. Good design elevates the essential functions of a product.