August LUST LIST: Meet the 17 ethical brands we love this summer
While it might feel like it has been summer forever, we've not slowed down our constant scouring the planet for the most awesome sustainable products and new eco-friendly brands out there.
From cold coffee in a cardboard box to the latest womenswear collections from some of the UK's most exciting slow fashion brands, here's 17 ways to treat yourself this month.
Mon 13 Aug 2018
Men's yoga shorts, Faire
Dive into Faire - a new ethical goods marketplace, sells clothing, accessories and more that are about empowerment, sustainability, community and supporting our fellow humans. Like these ethically sourced cotton Warrior Too Yoga Shorts for guys for #consciouscombat. They come with just the right amount of stretch.
Sportswear, Bjorn Borg
It’s all about the black with Bjorn Borg’s new activewear collection but there’s a good reason for turning their backs on colour. The brand have embraced a new dying process where the colour is integrated into the making of the fibre, instead of being dyed afterwards - so it requires much less water, less energy and less chemicals. Choose from long and short sleeved tops, leggings and a gilet. Available at House of Fraser.
Air purifier, 1001 Remedies
French brand 1001 Remedies has an essential oil based solution for a pongy, sweaty home. It’s zingy, fresh (and award winning) air purifier uses a blend of 19 essential oils including lavender essential oil to re-balance your living space. Plus it’s gentle enough that you can also spray it on your pillow. The team combine French scientific research, a Moroccan herbal heritage and a 21st century approach to detoxing and destressing.
Opitat take the upcycling waste products approach to skincare and use natural by-products sourced in the UK instead of chemical or plastic ingredients. We’re loving this vegan friendly, cruelty free brand’s Purifying Hemp Face Mask (which comes in a cool glass bottle). English hemp gets rid of dead skin, activated charcoal draws out toxins and kelp and chlorella boost tired cells. Time for some me time.
In this heat it’s all about the cold brew coffee and Solo are the bag in box version that will keep you going all summer long. Each sustainably sourced cardboard box holds 40 serves of cold, black and naturally sweet ethically grown coffee that the two barista co-founders spent two years developing for the perfect taste. This is coffee straight up and slimmed down on packaging.
Copper dish, Banbayu
We can’t get enough of copper at the moment and have been eyeing up this copper dish from Banbayu, a Fairtrade interiors company who work with artisans all over the world. This dish comes from Indonesia and as well as the artisans being fairly paid, some profits go into protecting traditional skills and natural resources.
Taking the reusing surplus food trend one step further, is Discarded, a sweet vermouth that's infused with cascara, the deep red berry of the coffee plant. It's a surplus part of coffee production. Discarded is best served with tonic water and a slice of orange and makes a great new sustainable sip. Can it break the G&T stranglehold?
Coffee capsules, Volcano At Home
Can't give up your morning espresso in those annoying little plastic capsules? Volcano At Home might have the answer. Volcano, an ethical coffee roastery in London, has a new subscription where you can order the pods in three strengths and they're biodegradable. Compatible with any pod machine, choose from Bold Morning Shot, Balanced All Day and Reserve Rich Sweet.
Cult London slow fashion brand Birdsong has released its new womenswear collection - and its all locally cut and sewn in the capital by women's groups - from knitting grannies to migrant tailors, who receive part of the profits. We're loving the Alma button down shirt made of khadi - all handspun, woven and screen printed in Brick Lane. This is a label going from strength to strength. Get your clothes working harder this summer.
Organic soap, BECO
Are you getting rid of plastic in your bathroom? One upside is you get to invest in some fabulous smelling proper soap and our favourite this month is BECO - from The Soap Co. This is 97% organic, vegan, 100g triple-milled bar soap in three planet-friendly and eco-certified fragrances: Honey Blossom, Spring Meadow and Wild Berries. Plus the social enterprise is 80% staffed by people who are visually impaired, disabled or disadvantaged. A must have in every way.
Jewellery, Swahili Coast
Oooh we're suckers for pretty things - especially pretty things that do good. Swahili Coast is a co-op that pulls together amazing artisans from all over Africa - and it's 100% fairly traded and worker owned. These minimal bracelets are made from brass and horn in Kenya and will look great with a tan.
Solar-powered Lantern, Sonnenglass
We need no encouragement to stay out enjoying the summer evenings and Sonnenglass have just the ticket. Clever solar panels are fitted into pretty jar lids - they charge up during the day and shine a light at night, perfect for camping, barbecues or off grid adventures. Hang them up or even fill the jars with pretty things like shells from the beach.
Ethical fashion, Gung Ho
Ethical fashion brand Gung Ho's new collection is inspired by the plastic filling our oceans so the tongue in cheek marine prints include ear buds and plastic bags alongside coral and seahorses. The dresses are designed to use less waste, made from Tencel, manufactured in the UK and give back to Surfers Against Sewage. Phew - eco's never looked so excellent.
Pure Coconut Water, Jax Coco
What's better than coconut water? How about sparkling coconut water in a glass bottle? Say hello to eco-fashion's favourite Jax Coco - 100% pure coconut water sourced from the Philippines. The brand was designed by Stella McCartney's husband and has found a cult following. We're a bit partial to the one infused with a hint of raspberry - it tastes like holidays.
Vanilla Custard, Oatly
Cult Swedish oat milk guys Oatly have stepped up their dairy free takeover with an awesome custard, perfect for anyone missing a truly creamy pudding hit. The vanilla flavoured, vegan friendly custard has us dreaming of autumn crumbles and spoon licking comfort food and is yet more proof that it’s never been easier to eat more plants.
Chocolate, Food At Heart
Some bright spark has paired eating organic, handmade chocolate with mindfulness. Yup, now there’s an official excuse to stop what you are doing and sit and eat chocolate, hurrah! Food At Heart’s slow chocolate kits come in letterbox friendly recyclable packaging and include choc bars, cocoa nibs and hot chocolate powder with tips on sitting still, focusing on the taste and smell and relax. It’s your own Galaxy ad come to life.
Therapeutic Foot Soak, Botanicals
In the hot weather your feet can suffer. Whether they’ve been knocked about in flip flops or you have tired soles from walking, Botanicals Therapeutic Foot Soak is a seriously relaxing restorer. Made from Himalayan rock crystals that contain 84 essential minerals and Dead Sea salt that won’t just soothe your feet but also your soul. Hademade in England, the brand eliminate plastic where possible and what’s left is recyclable.