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 nine 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.
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. Our favourite is the gold Ridley (pictured above).
The Boutique Handbook team are also rather taken with their backpacks and tote 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.
Our favourites are the Pendo Sunset two tone sunglasses (pictured).
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. We love their Prosecco Pack which contains three bottles, so it’s really good value too.
Price £34.97 for three bottles
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 fight food waste at the same time.
This Three Beer Gift Set includes a Sourdough Pale Ale, Rye Ruby Ale and Bloomin’ Amber Lager.
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.
As the name suggests, this drinks brand are all about raising funds for elephant conservation.
Elephant Gin already support the Big Life Foundation and Space for Elephants organisations.
But 15% of profits from their Miniature Gin Tasting Kit will go to the Sheldrick Trust near Nairobi, who nurture baby elephants who have been orphaned in the wild.
Conscious House London
Bath salts are always a winner so check out female-founded eco brand, Conscious House London.
Each product is handmade with natural ingredients and cruelty-free living in mind.
We also love their £38 Consciously Pamper Box which includes lip balm, lip scrub, hand cream, soap and a supersoft face cloth.
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. Our favourite is Coconut and Vanilla.
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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