If, like us, you’re trying to buy sustainable and eco-friendly products, but struggling to work out what’s genuine, we’re here to help!
Here are a few of our favourite tried and tested eco-friendly brands and businesses.
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Home / Household
A completely plastic free alternative to standard lunchboxes, Elephant box create stylish and durable stainless-steel containers that are great for school lunches, camping or days on-the-go. Elephant Box’s goal is to be part of the solution to our planet’s plastic problem and their products are designed to replace disposable plastic. Not only are their plastic free creations beautiful, functional and free from plastics; but they are also keen activists and donate directly to environmental organisations doing great things for our planet; such as Trees For Cities and Refill.
Oceanbottle resuable bottles are a solution to single use plastic bottles, with a difference. Fighting the 22 million kg’s of plastic that enters our oceans every day; each Oceanbottle bought funds the collection of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles in weight. They support local coastal communities with this work and turn these bottles into a sustainable livelihood. Making a real impact, they’re also a fellow B Corp registered business (and it’s obvious why!).
Seedbom, the bestselling friendly bombs that grow, was created by environmentally friendly company Kabloom. Filled with an explosive mix of organic peat-free compost and non-GMO wildflower or herb seeds, Seedboms help sustain bee, butterfly and other important insect populations by growing nectar rich flowers. Their packaging is also 100% recycled and recyclable as well as glue free and biodegradable. A practically perfect, planet friendly product – and great for rewilding parts of your garden!
Who Gives A Crap sells good-looking, sustainably conscious toilet paper, paper towels and more. Set up with a goal to ensure everyone has access to clean water and toilets within our lifetime, they donate a whopping 50% of their profits towards this cause – raising $10 million Aussie dollars to date! They recognise that there’s no need to cut down trees to make toilet paper and, instead, use quick growing bamboo or recycled paper to create their products. Last (but definitely not least) they are a fellow B Corp certified business with an impressive impact report; especially when it comes to community and environment.
There’s a whole bunch of zero-waste toilet paper brands out there, which is a brilliant move in the right direction. Our of our favourites are greencane, who make toilet paper mainly from fast growing bamboo and recycled sugar cane. Their rolls arrive completely unpackaged in a recyclable box and they also sell handy bits and pieces like paper towels and tissues.
One of our favourite small businesses that looks after our wildlife, and specifically our wonderful bees. If you’re building, make sure you include one of their brilliant bee bricks; an innovative nesting site for solitary bees built into a brick. They also offer similarly smart solutions for nesting bats and birds. Visit their website greenandblue.co.uk to find out more.
Used by everyone at TBWCo., these water bottles are a firm favourite. Available in an array of sizes (including tiny water bottles for little ones!), with different lips and lids and all sorts of colour finishes. A must-have for anyone looking to go plastic- free (or encouraging someone to join them!)
A fellow B Corp member and environmental champion, Finisterre are a brilliant British brand that offers quality and timeless clothing for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Born as a surfing shop, they are now our go-to for camping, walking and even for everyday wear. They’ve got a whole section on their website dedicated to their sustainable actions and stories too.
We love this brand because they are about so much more than just the products they sell. Activists and environmentalists, they tirelessly campaign and provide funding for a better world for people and the planet. As well as selling brilliant clothes that are designed to last a lifetime, they offer brilliant repair and recycle schemes on all of their products.
Lucy & Yak have nailed sustainable clothing which is stylish too. Here are some of our favourite eco facts about this sustainable business buddy. They use recycled and low impact dyes and reduce their climate impact by making clothes by hand – all good stuff! You won’t find fur, leather, down, animal skin, hair or angora here – just recycled wool and super cool dungarees. Definitely one of our ‘slow fashion’ favourites!
Thought Clothing offers a whole host of beautifully made timeless clothing for everyone. From smart shirts to super-soft loungewear (of which we have both!), using natural and sustainable fabrics is at the heart of what they do.
A sustainable and zero-waste solution for periods! Modibodi offers a wide range of leakproof pants and swimwear that work brilliantly for periods or other leaks. Of the period pant brands we’ve tried, this is definitely our favourite and the most effective. They’ve also introduced a maternity range for breastfeeding which we think is an absolute gamechanger.
Fill Co. offer refillable eco cleaning and laundry products in a fuss-free and straightforward way. Available directly from their site and in many zero waste stores, they have a huge selection of liquids to help you remove plastic from your laundry and household cleaning routines. A complete game changer for anyone looking to make an easy low-effect swap (like us!).
This clever little egg will change the way you wash your clothes! They say that switching away from plastic bottled detergent and fabric softener to an eco-egg will save 40 bottles of plastic each year! Visit their website to find out more about how they work.
Our local, eco-friendly neighbours Soap Folk use traditional soap making techniques and certified organic ingredients to create soaps, lip balms and body oils which not only smell beautiful but are truly kind to your skin. They work with the planets best interests in mind from their office – where they’ve won a local award for their hard work to reduce waste and reduce, reuse and recycle – to their products and work only with natural, biodegradable ingredients, avoid palm oil, are cruelty free, zero waste and use recyclable packaging; amongst other amazing practises!
Wild’s mission is to pioneer sustainable and natural personal care. No waste, no problem! Their applicators are made from aluminium and recycled plastic and their all-natural deodorant is completely compostable – making it the world’s first zero-plastic deodorant refill. Not only are their deodorants planet friendly, all natural and gorgeously scented; but for each one sold, a percentage of sales goes towards supporting reforestation projects. And a final note; they’re vegan friendly, cruelty-free, dermatologically tested and free from parabens, artificial fragrance, aluminium and sulphates.
A family run business who handcraft skincare and source eco-friendly products for your body, Wild Sage & Co. grow many of their skincare ingredients in their garden at home. They offer beautifully presented gift sets and the option to buy with or without packaging.
Another fellow B Corp, DAME has created the world’s first reusable tampon applicator which can be used for at least 10 years! You can buy the applicator alone, or with a one-off or subscription tampon service. Their tampons are made from GOTS certified hypoallergenic cotton that uses no chemicals or dyes, making them 100% natural and biodegradable too.
An iconic British brand that are ethical pioneers (receiving 100/100 for ethics by The Ethical Company Organisation!), Neal’s Yard hand makes their beautiful products using natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients in their eco-factory in Dorset. We particularly like their apothecaries which we use when making our own bath & body products!
Arguably the biggest name in the game, Lush uses natural ingredients and consciously thought-out packaging in their handmade products. In particular, we recommend their t’eo solid deodorant! An ideal place to go for ethical gifting or for your zero-waste shampoos, shower gels and deodorants.
Made from bamboo, this ethical toothbrush company creates natural soft-bristled brushes made from bamboo. A member of 1% for the planet, they also offer biodegradable dental floss and zero-waste toothbrush tabs (a toothpaste alternative!) Find out more here.
Yes, another toothbrush company! Everyone has their own personal preference, and this is our workshop manager and plastic-free guru Claudi’s. Blue Rock Living makes all of their toothbrushes from Mao Bamboo, which is the world’s fastest growing plant (it’s also naturally antibacterial). Available as a subscription service, it’s easy, convenient and ethical too.
Fighting food waste with every mouthful; Oddbox goes directly to farmers and rescues what they’ve got too much of, what’s in season and what might be too ‘odd’ for supermarkets. With the belief that all food grown should be eaten, their recycled food boxes come filled with rescued fruit and veg and are delivered directly to your door. You can even peak inside the upcoming boxes to see what’s in season; so there might be the odd surprise, but you can still plan ahead. Sustainably built, they are also a fellow B Corp registered business. Finally, even the most sustainable of us still have leftover produce; which is why Oddbox donate theirs to food produce charities at the end of each week.
Watch this space for a scrummy collaboration coming soon!
Let’s just start by saying, Jude’s is Britain’s first carbon negative ice cream company – what a fantastic achievement. A family founded, great British company and truly delicious too; boasting over 50 great taste awards to date. Unsurprisingly a fellow B Corp business, Jude’s purpose is to make bold changes and bring life to people and the planet. They are working hard to include more plant-based products, their dairy is run on fully renewable energy and they have added environmentally packaging to their production. They also fund the Woodland Trust and Trees For Life to balance their carbon and promote rewilding. So now you can scoop up some Jude’s and feel good about eating your bodyweight in ice cream!
A British owned family business, Yeo Valley supports their farmers, local community and wildlife which is exactly what we like to hear. A big name brand you can find in most supermarkets, this is an easy ethical option to make.
Some of the tastiest chocolate we’ve tried, Tony’s mission is to make the chocolate industry 100% slave free. They are meticulous about their supply chain and looking after every single person involved in making chocolate.
A fab idea for both homes and businesses, pikt offers fresh organic fruit and vegetables delivered directly to your doorstep. Organic and plastic-free, they are seriously easy to use and help keep everyone eating well!
If you’re looking to make simple switches to be plastic free, loose leaf tea is an easy win. We have Cup Of Tea in our office and at home too. Delivered to us in 1kg paper bags, it’s easy, affordable and tastes bloody great too.
Not only do Whole Earth Foods produce scrummy, award winning nut butters, cereals and refreshing drinks that are free from any nasties – but they are proudly certified B Corp under Ecotone; the first international food business to gain this ‘good for the world’ credential. Supporters of team GB and the Sumatran Orangutan Society – planting 20,000 trees to reforest the Sumatran rainforest – they fund charities and conservation. They’re Rainforest Alliance certified and have a bundle of Great Taste Awards under their belt so, when we’re looking for a tasty, natural nut butter we’re look at Whole Earth Foods products first.