Ethical and Sustainable

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Be Naturally You

A consciously curated collection of high performance beauty, personal and self-care products that tick all the natural, organic and ethical boxes whilst delivering superior results. Beyond the illusions and delusions of the beauty industry. No marketing fluff. Just products with integrity that work. Their primary intention is to help you streamline your personal care, beauty and wellbeing products so that you don’t waste money on crap that inevitably sits in your bathroom drawer and is never used before it expires, you find products that deliver the effective results that you’re looking and hoping for, and you can BE the change you wish to see in the world by choosing brands that are ethical and free from toxins and pesticide residue from conventional farming methods (hence why our preferred products are organic or biodynamic). It’s as simple as that.

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Bead for Life

They help women find their spark. They provide business training and support so that women in Uganda who live in extreme poverty can rise and become entrepreneurs. Make a gift that will change lives forever! Your donation will help women learn the business and life skills they need to stop the cycle of poverty. Their mission: creating sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone. Their belief: everyone has the power and potential to transform their life; regardless of where you were born or what challenges you have faced, you can find your strength and rise; women living in poverty can find their spark, and release their power on the world. Ten years ago, three sassy women founded BeadforLife after a chance encounter opened their hearts and sparked their imagination. Torkin Wakefield, Ginny Jordan, and Devin Hibbard met Millie Grace Akena while walking through a crowded Ugandan slum. Millie was sitting on the ground outside of her mud home, rolling small strings of paper into colorful paper beads in the sweltering sun. She caught their eye, and they stopped to learn more about this intriguing woman. While Millie's story was heartbreaking, she held onto hope, determined to create a better future for her children. She found joy in transforming recycled paper into striking paper bead necklaces. The problem? No one had the money to buy the paper bead jewellery. Torkin, Ginny, and Devin bought a few necklaces and immediately attracted the attention of other would-be bead-wearers in Uganda. The months that followed changed the lives of everyone involved. Paper bead jewellery was brought back to the United States and women began opening their hearts and their homes to Ugandan women half a world away. Paper bead jewellery was only the beginning. They created an entrepreneurial business training program, giving women living in poverty the skills and confidence they need to go out and create their own local businesses before they graduate. Salons, shoe stores, and produce stands are cropping up in Uganda and women are making money and living out their dreams. Not only do they have income, but now they have the confidence to be sustainable businesswomen, meeting their own needs and creating a generation of confident and capable children.

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Bio-D

Independent, family-owned, ethically motivated company, dedicated to promoting the use of hypoallergenic, environmentally responsible detergents that have a minimum impact on the ecosystem both in their use and in their manufacturing process. Where possible, all raw materials are plant-derived and are obtained from renewable sources. They operate a strict policy whereby none of their raw materials or finished products are tested on animals. They have a fixed cut-off date of 1988. All raw materials are free from genetically modified ingredients; animal by-products and we are subject to scrutiny and approval by The Vegan Society, Naturewatch Trust, Cruelty Free International and The World Wildlife Foundation. All bottles, containers and packaging contain optimum levels of recycled materials and are themselves recyclable. Based on well-documented findings in Canada, USA, Belgium, Scandinavia and other parts of Western Europe, they DO NOT USE any of the following ingredients: phosphates (used as water softeners and to improve cleaning, they can stimulate excessive growth of algae in the receiving waters), EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a sequestering agent that attracts heavy metals such as lead and mercury, both of which have known carcinogenic properties), enzymes (which can and do cause severe skin irritations and asthma attacks), optical brighteners (used in laundry products to give an illusion of whiteness, they are extremely difficult to biodegrade and can cause severe skin irritation and mutations to microorganisms in receiving waters, chlorine bleaches, petroleum-derived additives (they break down incompletely and contain toxic impurities that are highly irritant, cause allergic reactions and can endanger plant and animal life, chemical plasticisers, formaldehyde, glycerin or glycerine (unless specifically stated that it is from a vegetable source, glycerin or glycerine will be obtained from the rendered carcases of dead animals), lanolin (extracted from the processed wool from both dead and live animals), sodium tallowate (made from water, caustic soda and the rendered fat from dead animals), synthetic dyes, synthetic perfumes, titanium dioxide (causes pollution in water courses). You do not need to use products containing these noxious ingredients, use Bio-D products! “You have nothing to lose but THE EARTH HAS EVERYTHING TO GAIN.”

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Bobble

Their mission is to eliminate the outrageous waste of single serve, disposable beverages by creating reusable drinking solutions that you actually want to carry all day long. In 2010, they set out to satisfy their desire for fresh, tasty, portable water while keeping our wallets and the planet happy. Disposable bottled water won't do that, so they decided to reinvent the water bottle. No problem. They needed their bottle to be reusable and resilient. They refused to sacrifice style in favor of function. They wanted water that tasted better. They wanted it all, and they wanted it now. And so, bobble was born. Since then the bobble family has expanded to bring you coffee, tea, and at-home products, all created with the idea that taste will always triumph over waste. In 2013, bobble was acquired by Seventh Generation, a 25-year pioneer in sustainability and one of the nation's leading green brands. Their missions collided at the center of human and environmental health and bobble and Seventh Generation lived happily ever after.

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Boden

Founded in 1991 (initially launched with just 8 menswear products); in 1992 they launched womenswear and Mini Boden (children's wear) followed in 1996. In 2007 they launched Baby Boden and they also launched in Germany. On average they ship 12,500 parcels per day and they emply over 800 hard-working staff. Their teen range, 'Johnnie b', was launched in February 2010. They have a dedicated team committed to ethical trade and, through continuing efforts each year, they strive to make their business ever more ethically aware and responsible. They are longstanding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative and, for them, it's not enough to simply comply with legal requirements; they are constantly looking for new ways to improve their relationships with their suppliers and support their employees even further.They work with suppliers all over the world: China, India, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, Taiwan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Spain, Italy and the UK. They always aim to work with suppliers and factories that share their responsibilities and values. They may be a mail order company, and they may send out lots of catalogues each year, but they do try to ensure that they aren't harming the environment. The paper used for their catalogues and offer cards is a recyclable and renewable product, made using wood sourced from sustainably managed forests and chlorine-free, bleached pulp. Wherever it is possible, they ensure that their packaging is recyclable and is made from recycled materials too. Just to prove that they haven't got anything against trees as a species, they joined forces with Rainforest Concern a few years back to help preserve and maintain 1300 acres of rainforest in Colombia and Ecuador.

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Bright Space

Designing and making fashion from Sarah's Suffolk studio, supporting local talent and industry. They are proud to work with mature, experienced seamstresses to keep their craft alive and pass this knowledge onto young people to re-create skills in the practical garment construction industry;  breathing life back into the forgotten textile industry in East Anglia and the UK. Indeed, one of their seamstresses, the lovely Linda, used to work for Jaeger when they manufactured in the Great Britain. Sarah is proud to support British manufacturers and currently sources all viscose jerseys and much of her wool from British manufacturers (and elastic from one of the last UK manufacturers).

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Butterfly Treasures

Goods of quality, beauty, originality and style, in tableware, gifts, ornaments, fashion accessories, jewellery and toys. They change the collection every three months so that you always have new goods to choose from. Their new collection can be found on the "Season's Collection" pages. The goods, art and crafts, which they are glad to offer come from all over the world and represent small co-operatives, art workshops, individual craft workers and artisans from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Kenya, Zambia, Mongolia, Philippines and others. These gooods are fairly traded. They are very proud to sell Fair Trade products at Butterfly Treasures as they contribute to developing projects in poorer countries. Buying Fair Trade goods means you can be sure that local producers receive a fair price for their product. They back everything up with the best of customer service by offering convenient payment methods and delivery.

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Capture the Castle

Opened in 2004 on the historic Rochester High Street. Their aim is to provide Nordic, country style home accessories and gifts at affordable prices using ethical products where possible. Run successfully by Philippe and Anke Hatch since April 2008, they provide a friendly and professional Service to all their customers. They offer free gift wrapping and a free home delivery in the Medway area. Their stock is sourced from all over the world including Denmark, France, Germany, India and Morocco and they will shortly be launching their own range of products, designed by and exclusively made for Capture the Castle. They will keep sourcing new and exciting products for their customers and offer an alternative to the unethical mass produced market.

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CJ Wildlife

CJ WildBird Foods Ltd was founded in 1987 on a farm in rural Shropshire, England, by Chris Whittles, a lifelong ornithologist and wildlife enthusiast. CJs have been instrumental in the growth of the bird food market. Thanks to extensive research and a food development programme by their ornithologists the range of wild bird food available has significantly increased over the years. Over 80 common species of wild birds are now being fed in gardens compared to just 18 when we started their research in 1987. They were the first to introduce many of the wild bird seeds we all now take for granted, such as Black Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Hearts, Nyjer Seed and Kibbled Sunflower Hearts. Recognising how important it was for birds to have quick access to calories (particularly during the winter months), CJs developed and introduced high energy foods such as Sunflower Hearts and Peanut Cakes - a new concept in bird feeding! They were also the first to sell peanuts with nil-detectable aflatoxin, ensuring that peanuts were safe for birds which previously had been at risk from the toxins produced by this killer mold. They developed the innovative 'perching ring', which allows birds to feed from a feeder facing forwards - their natural feeding position. They've also used their wildlife expertise to develop specialist wildlife food mixes, including their Hedgehog Food, endorsed by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. They led the field in researching the beneficial impact of Red Mason Bees on the pollination of fruit crops and plants, and in 2011 were the first to offer Red Mason Bee Cocoons for sale in the UK. As well as supplying the UK market, they now operate in 9 other European countries and are proud to be the market leaders in the research, design and development of wild bird and wildlife food, and accompanying feeding products. Their products are researched and developed by in-house wildlife experts to ensure they meet their high quality standards as well as meeting the needs of the wildlife for which they are intended. Working in conjunction with wildlife charity partners, they are constantly striving to make caring for wildlife easy, as well as finding innovative solutions to ongoing conservation issues. Virtually all their foods are developed, mixed and despatched direct to you from their Shrewsbury headquarters. They also have their own manufacturing facilities for their wooden nest boxes and tables and their WoodStone® range. Many of the wildlife friendly plants they supply come from their own growing fields in the Netherlands, and they have developed their own mealworm farm to ensure that the live food and dried varieties they supply are all ethically produced, are competitively priced and of a consistently high quality for your garden birds.

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Crazy Bags

Environmentally friendly bags available in cotton, hessian, canvas or jute, made from sustainable raw materials, 100% reusable and available for immediate despatch. Individual delivery arrangements for promotional and personalised bags.

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Daisy Daisy

Founded in 2008 by brother and sister team Annabel and Nick. Annabel has a career background in retail and Nick is a qualified artist. Both have a passion for Fair Trade and a love of good design. They personally select all of the gorgeous items in the shop based on a combination of design merit and ethical credentials. At Daisy Daisy there is no compromise between style and ethics, you can have both. They are determined to show that Fair Trade can be fun, fashionable and affordable. This is why they purposefully try to keep their prices as reasonable as possible; after all, Fair Trade extends to you, the customer, as well. They source the majority of their stock from BAFTS or WFTO accredited importers. In particular they like to support those producers working to improve the lives of marginalised women. Much of their felt is made by women who have been victims of human trafficking, for instance. They do also support a few smaller importers who are as yet unaccredited but who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the ideals of Fair Trade. They are also committed to minimising their environmental impact. A great many of the items in their shop are crafted using recycled materials such as aluminium, iron, paper and silk and where possible, natural dyes and chemical free processes are used. They aim to use the minimum amount of packaging and bio-degradeable materials. The bubble wrap they use is recyclable and their packing chips are made from corn starch. They also reuse as much as they can. Many of their suppliers also fund community initiatives in the communities where the producers live, like schools, healthcare facilities and well-digging projects.

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Dancys

They’re a small team, based at their little studio in Norfolk. Creativity is at the heart of Dancys, that and sourcing individual fabrics and prints for their British made product. They love what they do and hope you like their collection of men's accessories designed for you dapper chaps. All of their amazing ties, bow ties and pocket squares are proudly made right here in England. Even the majority of their packaging is made in the United Kingdom. By choosing to manufacture in the UK, they are helping to guarantee jobs for skilled workers in Britain. It also means everyone is paid fairly for the work they do, thanks to the minimum wage requirements of the UK, as opposed to lower rates afforded to those manufacturing in the far east. UK manufacture is also environmentally friendly; there is no need for huge container ships to navigate the globe for the delivery of their products. Being individual is an important asset in being a happy person. Why follow the crowd when you can create a new path, more stylish and fashionable than the rest? That is why at Dancys they work hard to source amazing fabrics which aren’t on the high street, all so you can stand out from the crowd. They feel strongly about honouring the commitment we all have to the environment. It is the responsibility of businesses as much as individuals to ‘be green’. In fact, they really took this mantra to heart, and as a result they have made all of their packaging 100% recycled. Every little bit of it; from the address labels, to the ink, to their beautifully coloured boxes. You name it, it’s recycled. It wasn’t easy, but they felt it was worth it. But more than this, they’ve also chosen all packaging to be paper-based, which means it’s 100% recyclable and can continue to be kind to the environment.

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