By Boutique Handbook writers
If you’ve been thinking about shopping more ethically, now is the time to start.
From a gorgeous sustainable bag brand who only use recycled leather to a candle company who give 100% of their profits to help domestic violence victims, here are some socially conscious UK brands to have on your radar.
All are available to buy from Social Supermarket, a website which connects social enterprises with customers. Definitely check it out.
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Socially conscious UK brands
BEEN London make beautiful handbags and accessories, but all are crafted from recycled leather. We can’t get enough of this sustainable brand and their crossbody bags.
Pala Eyewear make beautiful sunglasses, but are also on a mission to help end poverty. For each pair of sunglasses they sell, they fund eye care projects in Africa which have already allowed thousands of sight-impaired people to see.
Drinks brand Sea Change combine their love of great wine with their desire to help protect our oceans. All their vinos are eco-friendly. There is no unnecessary plastic wrap around the cork and the paper from the labels comes from certified sustainable forests. For every bottle sold they also donate to marine charities.
Another ethical booze brand, Crumbs Brewing make beer from leftover artisan bread from Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate, Surrey. Each drink is made with a different type of loaf, producing uniquely flavoured beers which helps fight food waste at the same time.
If you’re in need of some stylist yet ethically made socks, buy a pair from Leiho. For each pair of socks sold, Leiho pledge to give a pair to a homeless person. The bamboo fibre they are made with is also environmentally friendly, temperature adapting, hypoallergenic and odour resistant.
Lux Luz is a candle brand which invests 100% of its profits into projects to support victims of domestic abuse. They fund emergency nights in refuges and longer term activities to help survivors recover and regain their confidence. Each candle is vegan and made from sustainably farmed eco-soy wax.
Harry Specters Chocolates
Harry Specters make the most delicious chocolates that also create employment for young people with autism. For every £1 of profit made, Mona and Shaz – who founded the business with their son Ash, who has autism – put 60p aside to further the social aims of the business. This includes providing social activities for their invaluable employees, as well as opportunities for their personal development.
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