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The April LUST LIST - buy less, buy better

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Alice Pritchard

18 April 2017

We know it's impossible to stop shopping (and why would you when there are so many wonderful ethical brands to choose from). Our monthly LUST LIST is a quick fire curation of our favourite ethical designers, organic producers and social enterprises. This month there's everything from tea to yoga mats.

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Woman in Finisterre jacket

Cornish outdoors brand Finisterre has dropped its first lightweight Beta bomber jacket for women. Slightly quilted, it uses recycled Primaloft insulation. Plus, it might not look it but it's waterproof. We think it looks the bomb.


Seedball tin

Seedball takes all the effort out of re-greening and planting. These cute tins contain balls of clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder that kickstart the seeds' growth in even the most random of spaces. This Urban Meadow collection includes buttercups, bellflowers and forget-me-nots. Simply scatter.


Harris gin and Eteaket tea

Ethical tea company eteaket have taken the awesome botanicals found in Scotland's Isle of Harris gin and created a caffeine free tea blend that includes juniper, coriander and sugar kelp - which is hand harvested from the sea around Harris. It's the perfect cold summer brew or pep it up with a dash of gin for a tea-tail.


A pot of Ila salt scrub

One of our favourite ethical spa brands, ila, launches Apothecary this summer, a monthly subscription service of organic skincare treats. Each month you'll get a pressie, from candles to scrubs and eye masks all designed for some me time.


I Love Gurus yoga mat

Cork is naturally waterproof and antimicrobial, which makes it the perfect material for a yoga mat. I Love Gurus create mats and blocks out of cork all of which are non-slip - you won't even need a towel on top of these babies. Each sale plants a tree too with Trees for the Future.


Jerry bottle

There are plenty of water bottle companies out there but we love Jerry. The bottles are made from stainless steel with a bamboo lid, come in various sizes and all the profits go to support water charities around the world. Each bottle has the co-ordinates of the village you're helping.


Beanbags coffee bags

Raw Bean's new Bean Bags are a more eco way of getting your coffee fix in the morning. Pyramid biodegradable bags give you 12g of coffee every time and come in three coffee blends. Simply pour water over, squeeze and sip - there's no plastic. Get 33% off until 26 April, use the code SQUEEZEME33.


A woman doing yoga in PAMA London gear

Sustainable yoga brand, PAMA London, uses recycled charcoal bamboo to make its clothes super soft and uber-resistant to sweat. Bras, leggings, tops and shorts are unfussy but comfortable, perfect for anything active.


Bag of RL Linden tea

We're stewing over cult Colorado beauty brand, RL Linden, and its wellness teas. Proving that true beauty starts from within, its restorative herbal mixes have sold out across the States. Try the Big Chill for tired muscles and calm.


Guilty Free lipsticks

Say hello to Guilty Free - a new vegan friendly, all organic British make up brand where everything is handmade. Packing and prices are kept to a refreshing minimum, it's posted in recyclable packaging and best of all, it looks and feels divine.


Sword & Plough bag

Sword & Plough repurposes American military waste material into these rugged weekend bags and employs veterans at every stage of the process. Military precision is of course par for the course, but these civvy bags are a cool social enterprise that helps some of America's most in need. It's upcycling at its finest.


Woman in Finisterre jacket

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Cornish outdoors brand Finisterre has dropped its first lightweight Beta bomber jacket for women. Slightly quilted, it uses recycled Primaloft insulation. Plus, it might not look it but it's waterproof. We think it looks the bomb.


Seedball tin

2 / 11

Seedball takes all the effort out of re-greening and planting. These cute tins contain balls of clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder that kickstart the seeds' growth in even the most random of spaces. This Urban Meadow collection includes buttercups, bellflowers and forget-me-nots. Simply scatter.


Harris gin and Eteaket tea

3 / 11

Ethical tea company eteaket have taken the awesome botanicals found in Scotland's Isle of Harris gin and created a caffeine free tea blend that includes juniper, coriander and sugar kelp - which is hand harvested from the sea around Harris. It's the perfect cold summer brew or pep it up with a dash of gin for a tea-tail.


A pot of Ila salt scrub

4 / 11

One of our favourite ethical spa brands, ila, launches Apothecary this summer, a monthly subscription service of organic skincare treats. Each month you'll get a pressie, from candles to scrubs and eye masks all designed for some me time.


I Love Gurus yoga mat

5 / 11

Cork is naturally waterproof and antimicrobial, which makes it the perfect material for a yoga mat. I Love Gurus create mats and blocks out of cork all of which are non-slip - you won't even need a towel on top of these babies. Each sale plants a tree too with Trees for the Future.


Jerry bottle

6 / 11

There are plenty of water bottle companies out there but we love Jerry. The bottles are made from stainless steel with a bamboo lid, come in various sizes and all the profits go to support water charities around the world. Each bottle has the co-ordinates of the village you're helping.


Beanbags coffee bags

7 / 11

Raw Bean's new Bean Bags are a more eco way of getting your coffee fix in the morning. Pyramid biodegradable bags give you 12g of coffee every time and come in three coffee blends. Simply pour water over, squeeze and sip - there's no plastic. Get 33% off until 26 April, use the code SQUEEZEME33.


A woman doing yoga in PAMA London gear

8 / 11

Sustainable yoga brand, PAMA London, uses recycled charcoal bamboo to make its clothes super soft and uber-resistant to sweat. Bras, leggings, tops and shorts are unfussy but comfortable, perfect for anything active.


Bag of RL Linden tea

9 / 11

We're stewing over cult Colorado beauty brand, RL Linden, and its wellness teas. Proving that true beauty starts from within, its restorative herbal mixes have sold out across the States. Try the Big Chill for tired muscles and calm.


Guilty Free lipsticks

10 / 11

Say hello to Guilty Free - a new vegan friendly, all organic British make up brand where everything is handmade. Packing and prices are kept to a refreshing minimum, it's posted in recyclable packaging and best of all, it looks and feels divine.


Sword & Plough bag

11 / 11

Sword & Plough repurposes American military waste material into these rugged weekend bags and employs veterans at every stage of the process. Military precision is of course par for the course, but these civvy bags are a cool social enterprise that helps some of America's most in need. It's upcycling at its finest.