19 Ethical Brands To Cheer You Up This Autumn
Every month we review and rate our favourite ethical brands. This list was first published in October 2018.
Wed 12 Aug 2020
The nights are slowly getting darker. But never fear, we've always got plenty of reasons to smile - partly because there are no end of amazing ethical brands that inspire us in the pebble office, every damn day.
Scroll down for this month's round up of our favourites - from frozen smoothies to see off winter colds to snuggly sweaters and sustainable armchairs to get settle in.
Let us know which is your favourite in the comments below.
19 Ethical Brands To Cheer You Up This Autumn
Condiments, Rubies in the Rubble
Rubies in the Rubble make delicious condiments from surplus ingredients that would otherwise be wasted, often for being the wrong shape, size, or colour. So far, Rubies in the Rubble, has saved over four million pieces of fruit and veg from going to landfill. From the Great Taste award-winning Pink Onion & Chili Relish (perfect to melty toasted cheese) to Banana ketchup, these surplus superstars will jazz up any meal.
Get a tasty 20% off the range online; use the code RUBIES20 before the end of October.
Clutch bag, Elvis & Kresse
Award-winning social enterprise, Elvis & Kresse, is one of BuyMeOnce’s bestselling brands. So a collaboration makes a lot of sense. BuyMeOnce’s founder Tara Button and zero waste vlogger Kate Arnell have created the Tate bag. The unique pattern is made from rescued leather offcuts and decommissioned fire hose, lined with reclaimed parachute silk, and comes with a free lifetime of repairs.
Organic wine, Jackson & Seddon
Want to up your wine game? Jackson & Seddon imports artisan, organic wine from small, sustainable producers in Italy.
Each Italian bottle is hand chosen by chief wine nerd Rob Seddon and can only be tasted through Jackson & Seddon’s monthly wine boxes. Each box comes with three organic bottles from rural vineyards that often produce less than 70,000 bottles a year.
Try Jackson & Seddon’s monthly organic wine club for £50 (there’s free delivery) and get a free bottle of Tucson organic olive oil with your first order. Use the code ‘Pebble’ to claim yours.
Sweater, Annabel Brocks
Cooler weather means longer sleeves but we’re loving the bright trios of colour on offer at British designer Annabel Brocks. Not only designed and made in the UK, these sweatshirts feature fabric made in the UK as well, so you’ll being looking good and keeping it local. They're perfect for throwing over yoga gear or snuggling up with in the pub, next to a fire.
Organic tea, Clipper
Organic tea doesn’t have to be fancy or smell like a garden. Clipper make tea for everyday cuppas and invest heavily in helping their Indian tea plantations invest in organic production. Their work has seen biodiversity spike on the farms. Soil Association certified, Clipper’s dedication to organic farming is inspiring.
For more plastic free teas click here.
Smoothies, The Honestly Good Smoothie Co
Fed up of smoothie faff? The Honestly Good Smoothie Co delivers flash frozen, 100% organic smoothie mixes to your door. But these go beyond the apple and banana mixes, their recipes are dreamt up by a chef and a nutritionist and include things like sumac, cacao nibs and sweet potato. The packaging is recyclable, returnable and compostable and the brand are looking at a returnable bag so it’s not just their smoothies that are green.
Sneakers, Billy Tannery
Goat leather is a waste product of the dairy industry, so micro-tannery Billy Tannery have been turning into luxury rucksacks and now have collaborated with a heritage shoemaker in Northampton to create limited edition goat leather sneakers. Available in blue, black and brown, size 5 and up.
Sweater, The Reworks
Upcycling takes on a New York vibe at The Reworks. This ethical fashion brand combines thrift shop sweatshirts and secondhand denim to create awesome one of a kind pieces, from T-shirts to jeans. Want something really unique? The brand also embroider and embellish to order. In New York, watch out for their denim mending, distressing and upcycling workshops (often at Bloomingdales).
Bath salts, Felicity McDonald Organics
Organic isn’t just the food you eat but what you put on your skin - and in your bath. New holistic skincare brand Felicity McDonald Organics have the most luxurious bath salts that draw on Scottish influences. Sensual rose otto and juniper berry essential oils combine with Himalayan salt, rose petal, cornflower, lavender and juniper berries. Your bath will smell like a garden and your muscles will relax.
Cereal, Primrose Kitchen
Spice up your cereal with Primrose Kitchen’s unique combinations like Raw Carrot, Apple and Cinnamon safe in the knowledge that the brand is now 100% organic. What’s more it’s the only cereal brand that is packaged in home compostable bags, with a recycled/recyclable cardboard box, so there’s no plastic packaging to deal with. Start the day right.
Dental floss, Bristle
Bamboo toothbrush company Bristle has launched its first non-plastic dental floss, which comes in a cute glass jar and is 100% biodegradable. The floss is activated with bamboo charcoal and comes in a refreshingly natural mint flavour, each one will last a couple of months. Even the packaging is minimal and recyclable.
For more plastic free bathroom essentials click here.
Necklace, So Just Shop
Add a little gold flourish to a winter jumper with these gorgeous Asha Hamsa necklaces at So Just Shop, which are handmade by women-led artisan co-ops in India and use recycled and upcycled metals and gems. Everything from the metalwork to the management is undertaken by previously marginalised women in this Fairtrade programme. Swap to jewellery with a conscience.
Sweatshirt, Om & Ah
Wear it like you mean it with this scoop cup sweatshirt from new casual line Om & Ah. This super cosy jumper is perfect for a casual weekend brunch and you don’t have to sweat it as everything’s made in ethically certified factories in small batches. Now after us...'Ommmm’.
Armchair, Venoor Living
Looking to change things up at home? Venoor Living has launched its second sustainably made furniture collection and we’re in love with the mid-century styles and bright palette. Plush sofas and statement chairs are made to order in ethically certified Indian workshops using solid wood. Offcuts are recycled, packaging is taken back and reused and reforestation projects supported.
Looking for a little velvet touch for the cooler months? We’re in love with this casual long jacket from Fairtrade fashion label, Nomads. It has a loose fitting straight cut with hidden pockets; dress it up with heels or throw on over any summer dresses to take you through the autumn mixed weather season. It’ll be a favourite for many autumns to come.
Hair stick, SAYA Designs
Hands up who's up for a hair stick? SAYA Designs are revitalising the Indonesian traditional hair do with hair sticks made from salvaged wood from abandoned plantations. They're handcrafted into beautiful shapes by Balinese craftspeople and each one plants up to 10 endangered tree species back into the rainforests via local NGO partners.
Tailored jackets, Olea & Otto
Slow fashion takes on French chic at Olea & Otto. Modern tailored timeless womenswear is designed in Sydney and made by hand in France to order. Each piece is made from 100% French premium linen and wood or coconut buttons. There’s no stock, no waste but plenty of style. Think smart shorts, clever jackets and a perfect holiday dress.
Plates, The London Smiths
The London Smiths is a new artisan store, which rounds up crafters, makers and artists from within the M25 and collects their best work for sale. We're in love with these delicate, handmade porcelain leaf plates, by me me me. They're just the right size for for collecting odd earrings (just us?).
Seaweed oils, Weed and Wonderful
We bet you didn’t think seaweed could look so good. Weed and Wonderful is a range of seaweed infused organic rape oils and vitamins that offer a natural source of iodine, something most of us are short of. The seaweed is sustainably harvested on the Outer Hebrides, it’s packed with nutrients and it grows 30-60 times faster than land crops. Will it be our next superfood?
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