Ethical and Sustainable

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Papier

Founded in London in 2015, Papier's aim is to inspire people to connect with each other in a more thoughtful way and more often. As digital messages proliferate in our lives, receiving something beautifully made through the letterbox is appreciated now more than ever before - Papier makes this simple and easy to do. At their core, is a love of art and design, words and of course, paper. Their carefully curated collection of designs, married with quality printing and premium paper, stands them apart from other online card and invitation sites. The result? Something you will not only want to send, but also want to receive and keep. They’ve partnered with the industry’s leading artists, illustrators, designers and studios to create a collection of cards and invitations to suit every occasion, whether it's your dad’s birthday or your very own wedding, as well as notebooks and stationery which make perfect gifts. They print all products in England, using state of the art digital printing. They use Mohawk paper (for the paper fanatics out there – it’s 324gsm), which is made with non-polluting, wind-generated energy and is FSC certified.

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Phase Eight

Established by Patsy Seddon in London in 1979. As a mother with young children, Patsy found buying practical and fashionable clothing that was both affordable and sophisticated impossible. In response she began designing her own pieces and launched ‘Phase Eight’ in a small boutique in Wandsworth Common. The name originated from a combination of P. Hayes, Patsy’s maiden name, and the address of our first shop, 8 Bellevue Road. Over the years they have maintained the same core principles developed by Patsy - an original, design-led brand offering a personal shopping experience to customers looking for beautiful and affordable casual, day, work and occasion wear. They’ve grown significantly and now have over 430 stores and concessions globally. Their brand’s strength is found in its originality - exclusive designs, beautiful fabrics, unique prints and a design philosophy that transcends all ages. Their day wear range offers a variety of patterns and fabrics that create a feminine and colourful look. Both elegant and comfortable, the collection features a mix of chic work wear and easy, off duty styles. Their occasion collections combine luxurious fabrics, textures and finishes with a range of different designs, styles and fits and that are flattering for all women. Both stylish and contemporary, their occasion wear exudes sophistication and is perfect for any event. In April 2015, Phase Eight were delighted to win a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of their exceptional growth and global expansion. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence and outstanding business achievement. Phase Eight are incredibly proud of this accomplishment and thank their loyal customers for being part of our journey in becoming a leading global brand. Phase Eight does not operate its own factories, but they ask all of their suppliers to commit to the Phase Eight Code of Conduct prior to placing orders with them. This is based on ETI standards and sets out the minimum requirements they expect of their suppliers in relation to working conditions, pay and employment rights and the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in supply chains. Phase Eight does not tolerate animal cruelty in their supply chain and, as a condition of doing business with them, all suppliers must sign up to their animal welfare policy. Following concerns raised about the treatment of angora rabbits in Chinese farms, Phase Eight does not use angora hair in the production of its garments.

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Plum of London

Founded on 6 key principles: ethically sourced (all of their high quality yarn comes from specialist mills operating under the fair trade code of conduct); British made (supporting local, highly-skilled industries whilst keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum - consequently quality control is much easier to maintain and ensures that all of their clothing is made to the highest possible standards); eco-friendly (alpacas are an environmentally positive mammal - unlike sheep and goats, alpaca fleece doesn’t contain lanolin, so harsh chemicals are not required to remove this); contemporary designed (by collaborating with young, up and coming British designers to fly the British flag, they’re able to develop their unique and dynamic style); sustainable fashion (they distance themselves from the ‘fast fashion’ mentality that seems all too prominent on today’s high street and instead, pride themselves on creating stylish clothing that is ‘built to last’ and will be cherished for many years to come); royal alpaca (they use only the highest quality grade of alpaca fibre - royal alpaca is considered even smoother, softer, stronger and warmer than cashmere - less than 1% of all alpaca fibre production in the world can be classified as royal alpaca, which allows them to bring you a collection both rare and exclusive). Britain is synonymous with luxury knitwear, which can be attributed not only to the invention of the first framework knitting machine, but also to the dynamism the industry has displayed over the centuries. Alpacas originate from several countries in South America, with Peru being the most notable and it is for this reason that Plum of London have sourced Peruvian mills to provide them with the best quality yarn that can be found anywhere in the world.

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Rosy Rosie

Handmade ethical sustainable products for babies, children and their grown-ups. They have a lovely range of suppliers including Best Years (Pebble Child), Buttonbag, Carddies, Crayon Rocks, Cuckoo (Ecoboo), Green Toys, History Heroes, Inch Blue, Lanka Kade, Lottie Nottie, oskar&ellen, Pigeon Baby (was Organics for Kids), Piccalilly, Plan Toys, Primary Products (EverEarth), Powell Craft and Toby Tiger. Sometimes – as with the candles – it was easier to become their own supplier and sometimes they found local talent as with Handmade by Jane, graphic artist Steve Williams, Amy at the Velvet Mutineer, Kelle at With Love Crafts and Martha at Love Give Ink. As they grow, they hope to source more local designer/makers with top quality and ‘not on the high street’ products.

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Simply Green Baby

They've embarked on this venture because they believe that going 'green' should not be a luxury, but rather a staple. It should be accessible to everyone. They know that finding natural alternatives and eco-friendly products can be frustrating and overwhelming. That's why they decided to open Simply Green Baby, a premiere boutique and online retailer that exclusively offers products that are healthy for our children and the planet. Their mission is to provide healthy and safe products to customers who want to have a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Their goal is to make your decision to go 'green' easier by providing a wide selection of organic, eco-friendly products at a competitive price. Their collection of products is carefully selected and ranges from basic items that are highly functional to the stylish, innovative and educational. They offer products that are organic, eco-friendly, non-toxic. They believe in supporting independent artisans, local manufacturers, and companies that practice fair-trade and demonstrate social responsibility and environmental awareness.

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Tom Raffield

They design and make a range of contemporary furniture and lighting that represents their beliefs, promotes good design and champions the materials they love. Each Tom Raffield product is hand-made by a skilled set of craftsmen, right here in their woodland workshop in Cornwall, England, and individually finished with the care and attention of a fine piece of art. They believe in sustainability and want to be the solution to the throw-away culture that is omni-present in many of our lives. In sharing the belief that every piece of furniture and lighting in the range must be beautiful in form and practical in function. They utilise the traditional craft of steam-bending wood to create pieces that will become harmonious in the spaces of their owners for years to come. They are ever inspired by the journey that each Tom Raffield products takes. From its infancy as a sustainably harvested piece of timber, through to the meticulous working of its form, to a finished product. Wonderfully, the narrative of each design takes on a new meaning when acting in conjunction with clients' own individual space. They have worked with many clients and on a variety of projects, from domestic settings to commercial contracts. Tom’s designs are in essence based wholly on natural and organic forms, and yet the poetry of each product works with the aesthetics of countless environments. Tom Raffield Ltd has been designing and manufacturing steam-bent, wooden lighting and furniture since 2008. Proudly hand-making each product to stand the test of time to become the cherished antiques of the future. Winner of the Lighting Design Association’s Lighting Design Award 2011.

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TOMS

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One™, a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased. A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 400,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. As of 2016, TOMS has supported safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. TOMS' humble beginnings happened unintentionally. While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake's vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS. Over the course of its first five years, TOMS was successful enough in providing shoes for children in need. But Blake, having recognized other vital needs during his travels around the world, realized that One for One® could be applied to more than shoes. He developed the idea for TOMS Eyewear in which for every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS would help give sight to a person in need. Blake is an avid reader and traveller. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers.

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Ugmonk

As the market continues to become saturated with overly complex, cluttered designs, Ugmonk’s mission is to provide high-quality products with simple, fresh graphics. Ugmonk opened its doors in August 2008, founded on Jeff Sheldon's inspiration to bring simple, fresh designs to the T-shirt market. That inspiration began a year or two previous when, as a student, he started designing shirts for contest sites. After winning a few times, he realized there was a niche that his designs could fill. He graduated in 2008 with a BS in graphic design, married his high school sweetheart, and moved to South Burlington, VT. His success at shirt design rekindled a dream to start his own online shop. It seemed like a simple enough idea, but he quickly realized there were a lot of pieces that needed to come together. After a few months of research and planning, things started to fall into place. After much brainstorming, he selected 'Ugmonk' as a brand name. With the addition of his brother’s technical expertise, he setup the Ugmonk store and blog, and then, finally, he had the first 200 shirts printed. They really didn’t know what to expect, but the response was amazing. Lowercase really struck a chord in the marketplace and sold out within the first few weeks. As Ugmonk started gaining some recognition and press, they released the second hit shirt, which sold out almost immediately and has become one of the staples of the Ugmonk brand. As Christmas approached, they wanted to do something special for those less fortunate. They ran the first annual 'Ugmonk Gives Back' holiday sale, which was a great success and allowed them to give Christmas gifts to needy children all around the world. Products: T-shirts, hoodies, prints, journals, wallets, and more.

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United Colors of Benetton

Today Benetton Group is one of the best-known fashion companies in the world, present in the most important markets in the world with a network of about 5,000 stores; a responsible group that plans for the future and lives in the present, with a watchful eye to the environment, to human dignity, and to a society in transformation. The Group has a consolidated identity comprised of colour, authentic fashion, quality at democratic prices and passion for its work: these values are reflected in the the strong, dynamic personality of the brands United Colors of Benetton and Sisley. Benetton’s 'universal' communication has accompanied the Group’s global expansion. When companies export around the world, they normally adapt their advertising to suit different areas. Benetton chooses a single, universal message that is valid for all consumers: wherever they may live, whatever the color of their skin and whichever language they may speak. Benetton Group aims at all times to combine economic growth with social commitment, competitiveness, care for the environment, business and ethics. The people – their moral values, daily input and desire to look to the future and be the best – are central to every plan the Group makes and action it takes. Step by step, they are increasingly involved in – and responsible for – a range of issues including identifying areas of excellence as well as areas of possible improvement.

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Vanessa Arbuthnott

Vanessa started her business on her kitchen table 14 years ago. For the first few months she worked after her four children were tucked up and before they came down in the morning, cutting all the samples with her pinking sheers and rolling out the first orders on a table tennis table. After some very favourable coverage in Country Living magazine and the Saturday Telegraph, followed by a Country Living Fair, business took off and Vanessa has never looked back. She has swiftly become one of the most exciting names to follow when you need to buy designer fabric. She initially trained as a nurse and a teacher before marrying Nicholas, an architect, and having four children. Together they converted a cow byre in the Cotswolds. Since they couldn't afford curtains, she had to create her own fabrics. She found screen printing and block printing liberating and enriching and to her surprise, friends started using the designs in their own homes. Fourteen years on her enthusiasm for designing fabric burns stronger than ever and she just hopes that people continue to humour and fund her passion! The Cotswold countryside is the setting for her life and it hugely influences the look of her fabrics. The developing fashion in interior design is towards simple patterns, which reflect a basic and rustic way of living and she feels she has been very fortunate that this mirrors her life and, thus, her designs. There are fourteen collections: Wovens, Bohemian, Swedish, Plains, Hand Printed, Meadow, Earth, Cockerel, Wildflower, Seaside, Garden, Woodland, Sky, and the Wall Collections. The collections complement each other by sharing colours and include useful co-ordinates such as checks, stripes, spots, and floral prints. Gentle colours are her signature, which include teal, pigeon, spinach, buttercup, limestone, reindeer, clay, damson, duck egg, stone, raspberry, mushroom, cornflower, cool, straw and lettuce, and many more. She has really enjoyed working with a small family run mill in Solva, Wales to produce some beautiful rugs and stair runners made from 100% British wool (they are the last mill in Wales to weave rugs). They offer a range of quality sofas, chairs, headboards and footstools made in the UK to order; these are expertly covered in any of their fabrics. Vanessa only buys certified organic cotton which is combined with eco-friendly flax, to create their unique linen union which she uses for all their fabrics - printed and plains. This is because non organic cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop to grow, because it relies on the heavy use of pesticides which are hazardous to human and animal health. Pesticide use has serious adverse effects on biodiversity and contaminates local water supplies. Over time the pests build up resistance, so the farmers have to increase the amount of pesticide they buy to grow the same quantities of cotton. The high cost of these pesticides frequently puts the farmers into debt; in April 2009 in Chhattisgarh, a central Indian state, this caused 1,500 farmers to commit suicide.

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Vegan Store

Their aim is making going and staying vegan fun and easy! All the products on this site are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They are proud to be endorsed by the Vegan Society and carry their trademark.

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Vege Threads

Lifestyle label that offers transeasonal, organic basics and has a broader focus on sustainability, ethics and social awareness. Vege Threads is proud to announce the release of its AW16 collection. Continuing its journey towards greater transparency, collaboration and innovation, AW16 sees the label embrace 100% Australian production and a new range of fabrics, styles and colourways—all knitted and dyed locally. The AW16 collection includes a new and limited run of 100% Australian wool knitwear, long sleeve tees, tunics and maxi dresses as well as a collection of new tie dye yoga wear. Natural tones and terracotta orange are added to the quintessential Vege Threads colour range, joining an existing best-selling selection that includes stripe, navy, black and grey marle. All cotton used in the range is 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and knitted in Australia. Every piece is dyed in Australia using ACO dyes, and all yoga wear tie dye is 100% plant based and organic. The focus on sustainability continues to be a priority for Vege Threads, and the shift towards Australian production has been extremely important to the brand, offering many benefits including quality control, local collaboration and smaller freight runs. The label is also proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.

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