About Sisaltech

Our Story

The East Africa Sisal Company Ltd was founded by John Ferguson in 2012 when he was working with
small-scale farmers in Tanzania. It was there that he became aware of the versatile and sustainable
sisal crop and decided to explore its many uses back on home soil. After discovering the material’s
amazing thermal qualities, Sisaltech was established to further explore and develop into the
insulation market.
Fast forward a few years and we now produce one of the lowest carbon, high-quality sustainable
thermal insulation products on the market. We use virgin sisal imported from Tanzania and recycled
sheep’s wool from the Harris Tweed industry as well as a starch-based binder which allows the
product to be completely compostable.
We have sustainability at the forefront of all our decisions and consciously make every effort to be
as low carbon and ethical as we possibly can be.

The East Africa Sisal Company Ltd was founded by John Ferguson in 2012 when he was working with small-scale farmers in Tanzania. It was there that he became aware of the versatile and sustainable sisal crop and decided to explore its many uses back on home soil. After discovering the material’s
amazing thermal qualities, Sisaltech was established to further explore and develop into the insulation market.

Fast forward a few years and we now produce one of the lowest carbon, high-quality sustainable thermal insulation products on the market. We use virgin sisal imported from Tanzania and recycled sheep’s wool from the Harris Tweed industry as well as a starch-based binder which allows the product to be completely compostable.

We have sustainability at the forefront of all our decisions and consciously make every effort to be as low carbon and ethical as we possibly can be.


Our People

John Ferguson – Founder and Managing Director

John has an MSc in Tropical Agricultural Development and spent many years working with small-scale farmers in Africa helping them develop their farming practices. Whilst he was there, he became aware of the drought-resistant and very sustainable sisal plant that the farmers were often using as ‘back-up crops’ in case of drought. It was obvious to John that this crop could be the way
small scale farmers are able to trade their way out of poverty and that is when The East Africa Sisal Company Ltd was founded.

David Brown – Senior Account Manager

David is the newest member of the team and has brought over 20 years of experience with him. He has a background in waste management and recycling which perfectly complements Sisaltech’s circular economy model.

Stephanie Sproul – Administrator

Steph works with us part-time as she is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts at Edinburgh Napier University. She is very passionate about all things sustainability and fits in really well with the small team.


VISION

To disrupt the insulation market, making sustainable materials the new norm, to help tackle the climate emergency.

 

MISSION

We create innovative, technical, natural fibre insulation products to enable an easy switch to low carbon building materials while offering increased safety and comfort to installers.

 

PURPOSE

Our purpose is to tackle climate injustice by creating a supply chain for sisal fibre grown by small-scale farmers in east Africa.