JUNE LUST LIST: 22 organic and sustainable brands to discover this summer
Whether you're heading abroad or just hanging out at home, there are no end of new sustainable brands and eco-friendly products to make your life a little bit greener this June. From plastic free hard bar shampoos to seriously chic recycled bikinis (and raincoats), why not do a little (ethical) window shopping?
Sun 2 Jun 2019
Fatty's Organic gin spirit
The same warm feeling of a G&T but with half the alcohol. Sounds too good to be true? Fatty's Organic Gin has created a Pink Grapefruit gin spirit with the same zesty flavour as a traditional gin but at just 20% ABV you'll feel much better about everything the next day. And absolutely everything is organic, even the ink on the bottle.
Ethique skincare bars
Are you part of the hard bar shampoo revolution yet? There are more brands coming through offering plastic free solutions to shampoo, body wash, facial cleansers and so on. Plant based, Ethique, have a complete zero waste range that has already saved over three million plastic bottles from being wasted. There's also the first hard shampoo bar for dandruff that we've seen and a neat holder made of bamboo to stop bars sticking to your bath.
Is it just us or is a gin that helps hedgehogs the MOST British thing you've ever heard of? The new Hedgepig gin liqueur range will give 50p back per bottle to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. The liqueur is made from foraged East Anglian fruit and we're eyeing up the Zesty Elderflower flavour.
Cafe Direct coffee
Cafe Direct has created a new small batch, 100% organic coffee range that's roasted in London Fields. As well as being plastic free, Cafe Direct is building on 30 years in the business, having helped over 600,000 smallholders to date, positively impacting their lives and helping them to move to sustainable farming methods. These beans have been grown in Honduras, D.R. Congo and Indonesia, where all farmers have a minimal environmental impact.
Stressed? Anxious? Dreading travelling? Soil is a new range of organic, essential oil remedy rollers that aim to 'revive, relax and provide relief' and will become travel kit heroes this summer. Use Relax on the plane, Revive for jetlag and Relief for insect bites. The plants are grown on their own remote organic farm and everything is distilled and packaged on site too.
Lost Sheep coffee pods
Coffee pods can be a scourge of single use plastic but rather than encouraging people to throw out Nespresso machines, Kent based Lost Sheep coffee have come up with an innovative new coffee pod that is made from home compostable wood bark. The coffee itself is single origin from the top 5% of Arabica beans, hand-roasted in Whitstable.
BBC Earth T-shirt
Forget your heart on your sleeve. This is about sharing your intentions up front! BBC Earth have collaborated with Teemill on these organic cotton Tshirts which can be sent back to Teemill to be upcycled once you're done with it. It's made with recycled fibres so this is a fabulous fashion loop that can just keep on giving.
Has the weird weather messed up your skin lately? If you're not on board with the facial oil, Sond's Strength Training serum is like giving dry skin a long bath. Using Hyaluronic Acid laced with antioxidants Moringa Oleifera and Pomegranate Flower extract and a unique alkalising Silica Salt Complex, it hydrates skin that's as fed up with the weather as we are. The packaging is recycled and everything is sourced sustainably.
Natalie Perry earrings
Looking for something special to wear this summer - with everything. Jeweller Natalie Perry uses only Fairtrade gold to make her stunning pieces, we're swooning over these drop pearl earrings made using a wax cast of a 65 million year old ammonite fossil. Made from recycled silver, 22ct yellow gold vermeil and natural baroque pearls, you will treasure these forever.
The National Trust crockery
We are loving The National Trust's new sun soaked summer dining range in rich yellows and blues. It's inspired by the species-rich hay meadows at Sutton Lane in Wiltshire and the swaying grasses at Gibside in Tyne & Wear. 100% profits go back into supporting the charity's preservation work, including helping to restore British meadows.
Pretty Bee Fresh
Wrap your sandwiches, leftover fruit and veg or cover a bowl with these gorgeous and reusable beeswax wraps from Pretty Bee Fresh. They're handcrafted using only natural ingredients, can be easily washed with cold water and reused for up to one year. To help you make the switch to a zero waste kitchen, Pretty Bee Fresh is offering 20% off all products. Just use the code: PBF20. Valid until 30th June.
Organic tampon brand DAME has created the D, a reusable tampon applicator, which can replace up to 12,000 single us plastic applicators you might get through otherwise. Plus their tampons are organic and toxin free and you can get them delivered to you for free. And to get you started, we've got 50% off your first delivery of DAME organic tampons with the code: FIRST50.
Ode & Rae
Looking for something slinky on your beach holiday this summer but you don't want to buy fast fashion? Ode & Rae's bikinis will satisfy even the most mainstream shopper but their new LUXE range is ethically sourced, recyclable and made from 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre-and post-industrial waste. Waste not, want not indeed.
Flow's alkaline enriched spring water comes delicately flavoured with combos like organic rose and strawberry. The alkaline part means its packed with more minerals than other waters, and it comes in a recyclable fibre carton with a plant based plastic lid. It might not appeal to those who are tap all the way, but it's perfect for those who don't like the taste of plain water. Expect to see it in a yoga studio near you soon.
Apparently cooks of note swear by La Baleine's coarse sea salt for cooking. Harvested sustainably in Provence, it has been made in the same way for nearly a 100 years. The coarse salt is best for cooking (or salt rubs) or grind it down at home but we love it because it comes in a cardboard packet, with no plastic bag.
Not all yoga mats are the same. Want to up your practice? Yogi Bare make these fab lightweight, strong grip, eco-friendly natural rubber mats that also plant a tree with Hometree for every one purchased. This mat will last and last no matter how many times you roll it up and will keep you grounded as your yoga journey progresses. Namaste
Have you heard of Vivo Barefoot? They're at the forefront of the barefoot movement and create functional, beautiful eco-friendly footwear that keep you more grounded. Their new shoe, the Primus Lite II Bio, adds in the power of plants. The brand's most eco shoe yet, it's made from a natural by-product of the field corn food industry. Super light, these high performance shoes can be rolled up and worn anywhere.
Black cow vodka
What's more British than strawberries and cream? How about when you distil it into a British made vodka? Black Cow, which is made from milk in Dorset, now comes in an English Strawberry flavour, made using leftover or rejected strawberries from the supermarkets. The milk is also a by-product of making cheese, making Black Cow seriously sustainable - as well as smooth.
Did you know it's World Refugee Day on 20 June? We're loving these beautifully embroidered clutch bags, from SEP Jordan, a social enterprise, who work with skilled craftswomen who are refugees in Jordan to create a range of eco-friendly and stunning accessories. This clutch is based of Italian linen and features the iconic Al Hambra pattern in bright summery colours.
We all know summer isn't always sunny and the new spring/summer jacket for SERAC is designed to be the lightweight outerwear accessory that'll see you through the odd rainy day. It's made from a revolutionary new recycled fabric, THINDOWN, which means its breathable, super-light but warm. You can detach an inner vest too on warmer days.
Etnies vegan trainers
Remember Etnies? Since 2011 the iconic skate brand has been busy planting 1.8 million trees on three continents and aims to smash the 2 million mark next year. It's Jameson 2 Eco shoe range is made from recycled plastic and recycled rubber and sees a tree planted for every pair bought, working with Trees for the Future.