It seems that everywhere you look right now we are being urged to support independent businesses, shop with them or buy a gift card for the future. But what if you don’t want to?! It might be due to finances, environmental implications, or any number of things, but supporting good businesses is what counts. We asked our friends to share their favourite small and sustainable businesses, so we could share them with you here. Whether you want to buy something, tell a friend about them, or just give them a follow on Instagram right now, it all counts.
Alison Fern Jewellery
Alison Fern Jewellery is a brand synonymous with thoughtful designs crafted carefully by hand. London based, and in response to her growing urban experience, collections marry ideas of femininity and strength. The brand has a commitment to quality and sustainability; each design is produced in small batches and often made to order to minimise waste.
AMMA trains and employs mothers in Sri Lanka’s rural tea picking highlands to turn food waste and plants into natural, non-toxic textile dyes. Producing a range of clothing and accessories made from handwoven cotton and adhering to zero waste principles.
Stylish, sustainable, performance womenswear.
Colourful luxury knitwear, either made by hand or made in small batches at a local mill in the Scottish Borders. The main focus is on accessories, as well as jumpers, and recently launched blankets, all made with the finest natural fibres.
Based in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders
Run by Flora Collingwood-Norris
Website : www.collingwoodnorrisdesign.com
Find them on Instagram @collingwoodnorris
Prices from £50- £210 (Flora also offers a visible mending service from £10 upwards)
Conflict of Ego
Conscious clothing brand, which is inspired by socio-political movements. Each piece is designed to make an entrance to be remembered and most probably start a conversation. Opting for eco friendly fabrics and sustainable ways of manufacturing to create pieces which are forever fashion and not just fast fashion. From organic t-shirts to floor length silk gowns.
Elin Horgan Jewellery
Combining simple elegance and understated luxury to produce modern minimal jewellery with maximum impact.
Feather & Wild
Collections of prints, mugs and decorations very much inspired by the mountains and nature of the Lake District and Scotland.
Sustainable fashion that starts conversations about current issues. From bold printed dresses to statement sweatshirts, we’re here to shake up the ethical fashion industry.
Timeless and sustainable clothing, homeware and holistic beauty products.
Louise Stebbing Printmaker
Fine Art Original Linocuts & Etchings
Lucky Cloud Skincare
Beautiful natural skincare, crafted in small batches using plant based ingredients to nourish and feed your skin.
Made by Women
Zines about women from art history, that teach you about their life, their work and the art historical context in which they were working, with illustrations by contemporary women artists, to support and promote their work. The aim of the zines is to raise awareness of forgotten women from art history and teach you about them in a format that is accessible and affordable.
Socks, textiles (washbags, make up bags), placemats, trays – all products are made from responsibly sourced materials and ethically produced.
Oh Lily! provides sweet and savoury gourmet popped water lily seeds. Perfect as a snack or on top of soups, salads, curries, porridge, puddings etc. The recipes are naturally gluten-free end vegan.
British made knitwear and accessories made using natural fibres. Ethical, timeless investment pieces.
Colourful objects and homewares created from hand cast concrete.
Jewellery and art, inspired by nature, history and country living.
Three By One Europe
Organic coconut products and Ayurvedic Spices. Handmade natural bar soaps. Naturally dyed textiles.
All the things you’d hope to find in your dream picture-postcard town, in tiny, wearable form!
Zero Waste Path
Soap bars, shampoo bars, 2in1 shampoo + conditioners bars, deodorants, solid lotions, multipurpose balms, hair+face beauty oil.