The May LUST LIST: 15 brands that make living sustainably a little bit easier
It may not be blazing sunshine yet here in the UK, but we've got plenty of reasons to smile this month from some seriously amazing, sustainable brands that make living greener just that little bit easier.
Mon 20 May 2019
It's the May LUST LIST - from hemp underwear to amazing jewellery that helps the world, we've got 15 responsible brands who want to help you live more sustainably this month.
No Plastic Shop
You've ditched the single use bottle, cup and bag but what's next? Your kitchen. From washing up clothes to plastic cleaning products, there's a huge array of single use sat on your kitchen counters and in cupboards. Want to strip it out? No Plastic Shop is here to help. This handy online store stocks a variety of plastic free cooking and cleaning essentials. Plus we've got a whopping 20% OFF everything in their kitchen range. Just use the discount code 'PEBBLEKITCHEN''.
One of our fave brands, Yuhme, has released a limited edition water bottle that funds clean water projects in the Central African Republic. The pattern is inspired by the country that this Swedish bottle supports. It's also made of sugarcane, the waste is then used to power the factory in a carbon positive process so if you're looking for something lightweight and low impact - this is your new favourite bottle.
This week we have fallen for British brand Millican, who make excellent rucksacks that will be with you for life. Founded by travellers, inspired by the Lake District, these carefully designed canvas bags are built to be taken anywhere and use a sustainable designed supply chain. There's a lifetime repair guarantee too. The Smith, here, has room for KeepCups, water bottles, a laptop and other adventure essentials, under a waterproof roll top.
Sometimes a new pair of earrings is all you need. We're loving TT Studio's chic, lightweight ones, even more knowing that they are made from offcuts of cork leather - which is vegan friendly and PETA approved. Choose your shape, style and finish knowing that each pair is also hypoallergenic, anti-fungal, waterproof and stain resistant. However it can't help you if you lose one down the back of the sofa, that's still on you.
Another step in the packaging revolution is Nice. Because we know no British person can go anywhere in summer without packing wine, this is a low impact, easy access way to enjoy your rose - in a can. Forget what you think you know about wine in receptacles that aren't glass bottles, and think, this is 100% recyclable, light weight and the wine's dry, delicious, vegan friendly and very, very moreish. Whether you pack glasses is up to you, we're not judging.
Two Farmers have done what Walkers reckoned was going to take years. They've come up with the first 100% biodegradable crisp packet, so you can snack happy and not worry about your habit harming the environment. Their packets will decompose in a home composter in 26 weeks and the potatoes? Grown on the farmers' farms in Herefordshire, with as many local flavours as possible. The vinegar in their punchy Salt & Vinegar is also made on the farm.
We've fallen for these super pretty slip ons for summer from new vegan shoe brand Insecta. Made in Brazil out of upcycled vintage clothing for the uppers, Insecta focus on a closed loop design, meaning there's no waste and everything started life as something else. The vintage element means each pair is different and all designs are limited runs. Choose from Oxford brogues, chunky sandals and these slip ons.
Want more vegan shoes? Click here for our favourite vegan spring shoes.
There's a lot of greenwashing going on in the plastic free, compostable space, with every brand with an eye on the eco prize flagging up its supposed credentials. Percol does what it says on the box however. Its new single serve, plastic free coffee bags (goodbye messy cafetiere) break down in your home compost and as does all of the packaging. No plastic in site, just delicious Fairtrade certified coffee.
Tribe of Lambs
Tribe of Lambs design and create ethically made jewellery for conscious consumers as a vehicle to fund and empower HIV positive children in India. Their ‘Tribe’ represents you - the customers who stand with them and directly impact HIV positive kids through your purchase. Each piece is named after an HIV positive person you’ve directly impacted. Each piece has a story, and each story is their why. To get you started here’s 20% off your first Tribe order. Use code PEBBLE at the check out.
House of Marley
House of Marley (yes that Marley) have quietly made a name for themselves making top of the line headphones that use natural elements rather than more plastic. Say hello to headphones that use FSC certified wood, recyclable aluminium and recycled plastics all with 100% recyclable packaging and channel profits into reforestation projects. Plus these wireless Bluetooth ones have eight hours of battery, are sweatproof and weather resistant.
If you haven't come across Fushi before they're a fab Ayurvedic inspired brand that straddles beauty and wellness both inside and outside, with a range of vitamins and skincare. The glass bottles contain top of the line ingredients and we've been loving the Radiance Face Oil that's packed with Kalahari melon seed oil and raspberry seed oil to smooth out fine lines and bring dulled winter skin back to life.
Ellie Good bags
Whether you've been protesting with Extinction Rebellion or watching Greta Thunberg's speeches on your phone, there's no getting away from the fact that the climate debate is everywhere at the moment. Inspired by Greta to make a change? You'll love this cute tote bag from illustrator Ellie Good. Pick one up in black or neon pink in her Etsy shop.
Over here at pebble we heart hemp. And so does WAMA Underwear, who make a range of men and women's briefs out of this powerful plant. Hemp is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and super soft and breathable, which makes it perfect for smalls. All of the underwear are GOTS certified and PETA approved and there are two different styles for men and women.
Looking for a new bag to take you through the summer - and beyond? We're loving slow and sustainable LUXTRA's gloriously metallic, over the shoulder number that's made from Pinatex (pineapple leaf leather). Vegan-friendly and more importantly, fashion friendly, LUXTRA's first bag has a long detachable strap that means you can rock it at a festival or to the shops, and for years to come
When is a watch, not just a watch. BAUME make high end watches from upcycled and recycled materials, looking at every tiny detail to make them as low impact as possible. The new automatic timepiece can be tailored to suit you with different straps and watch dials, everything is made to order to reduce waste. Baume live, eat and breathe the circular economy and show that 'waste' materials like old skateboard decks and ocean plastics can have other lives as beautiful things.