Following on from our festive inspired collaborative lookbook (in which I teamed up with various UK ethical/sustainable bloggers to curate a collection of UK based clothing from brands who are striving to have a positive impact on our environment in their own way), we have a little conscious gift guide that we collaborated on too. Each blogger selected their favourite brands who do gifts right. Whilst not all are suited to a zero waste lifestyle, they are all made with thought and care. I hope you enjoy reading the stories behind each retailer and choose carefully this Christmas if you are the gift giving kind by opting for things that are truly needed.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the brands mentioned below. Affiliate links are marked with a *.
∴ THE FUTURE KEPT ∴
The Future Kept has recently become my go-to place for beautifully curated products; whether it’s a glass jar of Epsom salts, zero waste lip tint or some divine organic linens and homewares, they really have impeccable taste and every piece is designed to last for years to come. Nestled on the south coast of England, Husband & Wife team, Dean and Jeska Hearne are the adventure loving duo behind The Future Kept. Keen to reconnect people with the true value of their belongings and to appreciate skilled craftsmanship, they seek out and design items that are sustainably and ethically sourced, well made and striking to look at as well as being kinder on the environment.
Following a refreshing Buy Less, Buy Better mentality, especially considering they are shop (!), The Future Kept promotes a more mindful and responsible approach to purchases. They have several gifts suited to the zero-waster too. A joy to peruse!
Use code ETHICAL10 for 10% off until 30th November 2017.
∴ GREENFIBRES ∴
Greenfibres has been making and selling organic textiles since 1996. William and Gabriela Lana launched this mindful brand because they wanted to offer beautiful and useful textile products that are kind to the environment and to our health (watch my mini-documentary ‘Material Girl’ – all about organic textiles featuring the marvellous William sharing his abundance of knowledge on the subject!). They also wanted to provide meaningful livelihoods for everyone who work with and in Greenfibres.
With a gorgeous store in Totnes, Devon (right next door to a zero waste bulk shop!) you can visit this little country haven to experience their homely array of products including socks, clothing, organic and natural mattresses, natural cleaning products, duvets, pillows and toiletries. Expect a low-key, Totnes vibe that is hard to resist, or browse their online store from the comfort of your own home. I use their organic cotton towelling robe every morning straight out of the shower and sleep in their bedding at night. Let’s just say I like to bookend my days with Greenfibres. 😉
∴ 58 LIFESTYLE ∴
Katie from the blog Saint Sisters is a big fan of 58 Lifestyle which was created by the two beautiful souls Michal Cohen-Sagi and Noam Sagi who believe that wellbeing, health and beauty should be treated by a 360 approach. They opened a well being centre in London (58 Well Being Centre, Mayfair) and it’s pretty unique in terms of what they offer. Anything from massage to holistic treatments and western medical practitioners so they are definitely worth a visit. Labelled as The House of Experts by Harper’s Bazaar, they also developed a range of 58 Lifestyle products which include 100% natural notes of green mandarin, jasmine, coriander and ylang ylang amongst other natural ingredients – all aimed at enhancing wellbeing. They are also free from sulphates, parabens and harsh additives. Some of their products do come packaged in plastic, but I love that they state on their site that:
“Our packaging is fully recyclable and we do not use cardboard packaging in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. Our gift bags are made out of sustainable eco-friendly cotton and are reusable”.
Established in 2016 by textile designer Eleanor Nadimi, One Nine Eight Five is a British homeware brand that specialises in print and interior textiles. Support for British manufacturing, craftsmanship and sustainable processes is at the heart of One Nine Eight Five. Using ethically sourced materials wherever possible, every piece is designed and made in the UK by people who take great pride in their work.
∴ GUNG HO DESIGN ∴
Founded in 2016, Gung Ho Design combines a whimsical aesthetic with designs that are versatile, high quality, and filled with deeper meaning and purpose. Each print is designed by hand by founder Sophie Dunster; created to be both beautiful and to connect people with environmental issues through the designs themselves. Look closely at each print and you’ll see! With each purchase Gung Ho donates to a corresponding charity working with this cause. Every item of clothing is made from organic cotton which is hand printed in the UK using responsible dyes, whilst the final collection is handmade in London. The garments are also wrap designs, meaning that only two sizes need to be made, XS/S and M/L. Not only does this mean the clothes can fit any body type, and adjust alongside our bodies as we change through the years, but it also reduces waste caused by creating garments in many size variations. I especially love that Sophie also uses excess fabric left over from her collections to make a range of bow ties in order to minimise wastage. Genius!
Little Difference is an eco-friendly stationery brand providing greeting cards, notebooks, and prints inspired by the natural world. Launched by a couple with a love for nature, they decided to start a business that runs in the most Earth caring way possible. All of their products are made using 100% FSC approved recycled paper and 100% clear biodegradable packaging made from cornstarch. Their mission is to make the consumer happy and fulfilled with a uniquely designed product that signifies they have made a “Little Difference” in the world whilst making a net positive impact on nature by regeneration the world’s forests. For this reason they have started a “1 Card, 1 Tree” initiative where they pay for the planting, raising and protection of one tree towards reforestation for every single product sold!
∴ THOUGHT* ∴
Thought, as the name suggests, is a collection of thoughtfully made items which are both ethical and sustainable, for women and men. They use naturally grown bamboo, cotton, wool, tencel, modal and hemp, all free of harmful pesticides and chemicals and sourced responsibly. Their designs borrow from nature, and in turn somehow feel effortless to wear, and diverse enough to transcend the seasons.
From Babies With Love provide us with the perfect organic baby gift. All of their designs are ethically and sustainably sourced, including the softest 100% organic cotton. Their toys are made from wood from sustainable sources and come in recyclable packaging.
Every single penny of profit goes around the world to help orphaned and abandoned children. They work with the charities SOS Children’s Villages and Street Child to provide a family home, education, healthcare and support to overcome trauma. It’s amazing and essential work.
∴ Celtic & Co*∴
Founded 26 years ago by husband and wife team Nick and Kath Whitworth, Celtic & Co* is best known for their 100% premium quality British sheepskin footwear made by hand in their own purpose built factory in Cornwall by skilled craftspeople. Unlike other sheepskin boots and slippers (I’m wearing mine right now!) which are designed to be thrown away, Celtic & Co* offer a resole and repair service so you can keep your tootsies cosy for years to come without adding to the landfill.
Using hides that would otherwise go to waste, Celtic & Co* invest time in creating quality yet affordable pieces that are designed to last and buck the current, destructive trend of disposable fashion. Every Celtic & Co* piece is made from carefully chosen, ethically sourced, natural and organic materials, including organic cotton and British wool.
(valid until the 21st of December 2017 only on full price items)
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