EXCEPTIONAL GOODS

We love the passion these companies have for what they're doing and making, and the values they stand by. This list is a combination of our favourites, and those recommended to us by Baxley's community.

EXCEPTIONAL GOODS

We love the passion these companies have for what they're doing and making, and the values they stand by. This list is a combination of the companies we — and our community — rave about every chance there is.

These companies are working towards something greater than a product.

These companies are working to make goods that are loved as long as possible.

These companies are passionate about slowing  down and focusing on craft.

Clothing

Rapanui

When it burnt down, this Isle of Wight company rebuilt in a way that allows them to custom-make items to order. And takes back their items to spin back into fibers to use again and again.

British-made • circular

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Paper Theory

A top-end pattern maker was disgusted with the fast fashion world, and now makes patterns for the home-sewing movement. A serious eco and social-warrior with a passionate following.

sew at home · bame-owned

Website   IG

Lucy & Yak

Better-than living wage employer known for their dungarees, a team they take care of in India and a passionate following.

living-wage

Website   IG

Pajotten

Traditional shapes for men and women, made by two people in Kent using only end-of-line (deadbolt) fabric from Britain.

British-made · small batch · end-of-line fabric

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Hiut Denim Co.

Jeans (and nothing else) with a cult-like following. Permanent items and rotating limited-run collections. Bringing jean-making back to this once-manufacturing town.

British-made · Lifetime repairs

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Noctu

The ultimate clothing for 2020. Organic lounge and nightwear for women, men and kids.

British-made · Organic

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Vanhulley

Boxers, beach shorts and pyjamas made in The Netherlands from end-of-life and waste materials, by women in need of work experience.

BCorp · Netherlands-made

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HebTroCo

A small selection of impeccably made items (jeans, shirts and socks) for men, designed by two chaps with a rebellious spirit and passion for traditionally-made British wear.

British-made · Lifetime guarantee

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MATE

One of the largest companies in this list, Mate produces comfy womenswear with organic and sustainable fibres in LA.

uSA-mADe · organic · living wage

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YOU Underwear

Organic, fair-trade underwear (men/women) that was started in order to tackle the lack of access to underwear in developing countries. Buy one item, they'll donate two.

Give back policy · organic · fair trade

Website   IG

McNair

Heavy-duty overshirts made in Yorkshire from merino wool. Plastic-free and working towards 100% full traceability.

British-made · Made to last

Website   IG

Carrier Company

Small family business, making traditionally-inspired womens' and mens' clothing in Norfolk.

British-made

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Finisterre

Surf-inspired clothing company, passionately working as environmental advocates.

b-corp · environmentally-led

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Stalf

Floaty, comfortable womenwear in locally milled linen and organic cotton. All sewn by eight women in their Lincolnshire studio-shop.

British-made · living wage

Website   IG

Made My Wardrobe

Patterns, kits and workshops to inspire those new to — or established in — home-sewing. From dungarees to underwear.

sew at home

Website   IG

No Nasties

An Indian company with a huge heart. Classic organic cotton favourites for women, men and kids. Founded to ensure safe working conditions for field workers.

organic · fair trade · transparent

Website   IG

MUD Jeans

A fully-circular jeans company, taking back their end-of-life jeans to reweave into new fabric for future jeans. Also known for their jeans rental programme.

Bcorp · circular · organic

Website   IG

Sarah Johnson

One item released every month, in very limited numbers and a single distinct colour.

British-made · Small batch

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Henri

Earthy-feels with modern-meets-classic shapes for women. Ready-to-wear items available, as well as workshops for making items on your own.

British-made · Small batch · Sew at home

Website   IG

United by Blue

American apparel company known for its ocean and community clean-up efforts. Transparent manufacturing and responsibly-sourced materials. Looovely water-bottles, too.

BCORP · Environmentally-led

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Oubas

Jumpers, scarves and wraps for women and men, in classic, comfortable shapes. Made in Cumbria, with wool woven in local mills.

British-made · local sourcing

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Paynter Jacket Co.

Limited run jackets, made-to-order 3 times a year, with a devoted following.

1% for the planet

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Meander

Designed for cycling, but everyday-appropriate clothing for men and women, made from Bluesign-certified, moisture-wicking fabric.

1% for the planet · lifetime repairs

Website   IG

Turtle Doves

Fingerless mittens, socks and scarves made from reclaimed and recycled cashmere, with passionate fans.

British-made · living wage

Website   IG

What Mother Made

Vintage-inspired, zero-waste children's clothing (and some adult pieces), made to order in London.

British-made · zero waste

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Girlfriend

Transparency-focused leggings, bras and loungewear for women. Recycled materials, with circular recycling programme for certain items.

TRANSPARENCY

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Free Natives

Plant-dyed, organic womenswear, made mindfully and slowly in Nottinghamshire.

British-made · environmentally-led

Website   IG

WornWear, by Patagonia

What would an ethical list be without Patagonia? WornWear is both secondhand Patagonia clothing (US-only) and their mobile repair service (US, Europe).

BCORP

Website   IG

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Directories

The Do-Gooders

From fashion and homewear, to responsible banking and classes, this UK directory covers the full gammut of social and environmentally-driven companies. Curated by one woman, and constantly growing.

Social enterprise · environmentally-led · bame-owned

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Good on You

The go-to directory for ratings of companies based on planet, people and animal impact. Includes many helpful articles and lists as well.

ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED

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Ecocult

Helpful lists of specific products meet challenging and enlightening articles on sustainability meet sustainable brand reviews. US-centric.

ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED

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Food & beverage

Good Things Brewing

From the water bored from beneath their converted barn factory, to the flour made from the spent grain by-product from making their beer, Good Things really are genuinely working to produce beer in a deliciously better way.

circular · sustainable

Website   IG

Breadwinners

Gorgeous baked goods (inc. subscription and delivery service), giving training and employment to refugees and immigrants. Sadly, only available to Londoners.

social enterprise

Website   IG

Too Good to Go

Anti-waste food app, which connects you to last-minute unsold food at restaurants, bakers and cafes near you. You get a bargain; food doesn't go to waste. Their IG has killer tips for prolonging (or repurposing) food at home as well.

BCORP

Website   IG

Blossom Coffee Roasters

Two chaps wanted to make a positive impact on the environment, and turned to their coffee knowledge to offer a minimally-impactful, superior offering.

B-corp · carbon neutral

Website   IG

Cornish Seaweed Company

The ultimately sustainable seasoning with reportedly more vitamins and minerals than "any other food". Harvested in Cornwall, and available as flavoured salt, flakes and in spaghetti form. 

sustainable

Website   IG

One Gin

One Gin is dedicated to giving access to clean water to the world's poorest communities. So far, they've raised and donated over £20 million. Oh, and the gins are made from all-British ingredients.

socially-driven

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Haus

A year-old Californian aperitif brand, offering a variety of flavours without the high alcohol or sugar content of competitors. All natural, farm-to-bottle, and taking on the big-boys of the American drinks scene. US-only.

transparent

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retailers

Yard + Parish

A gorgeous collection of eco-luxe brands to shop from, all made by black-owned businesses.

bame-owned · ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED

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Know the Origin

Online shop that emphasises environmental and labour transparency of all 140+ independent businesses it offers. Womens and menswear, household, health and gifts.

transparency

Website   IG

World of Books

Second-hand books galore! This is the ultimate way to find used books in the UK. Save money, save trees.

bCorp

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Package Free

Plastic-free US shopping site for all house, beauty, and health needs. Started by the girl who fit 8 years worth of the waste she created in a single mason jar.

zero waste · plastic-free

Website   IG

Bookshop.com

Connecting the databases of local bookstores countrywide (UK and US-specific), this is a new and powerful go-to for new books. A portion of all sales is given directly back to local bookstores — including your specific choice, if desired.

bCorp

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Buy Me Once

From clothing to kitchenware, linen to umbrellas. Each item listed has been audited and tested for longevity. 

Made to last

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Merchant & Mills

Fabric, notions and pattern supplier, with all the old-world feels (no poly-blends here) and a love of all things purposeful.

Made to last

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Glerups

I bought a pair of their rubber-soled slippers at the start of Lockdown 1, and have worn them every day since, including on a campervan tour of the British Isles. Possibly my favourite possession. 

natural materials

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Bòtann

Sustainably harvested natural rubber wellies. Two colour options, one distinct shape.

natural materials

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Good News

A small range of trainers in a multitude of colours, all made with recycled rubber soles, organic cotton uppers, recycled footbeds and Bluesign-certified dyes.

Organic · recycled

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Allbirds

The water-resistant, all-wool, logo-less, minimal trainers from New Zealand. Made by a company deeply committed to the environment.

Bcorp · Transparenecy

Website   IG

Indosoles

Since 2004, this company has been turning waste tyres into soles for flip-flops and sandals, while working in a socially responsible way.

b-corp · recycled

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Veja

No longer small, but still offering a superior alternative to nearly all conventionally-made lifestyle trainers. Recycled polyester, natural rubber, sugar cane soles, organic cotton, and chrome-free or vegan leather. 

Bcorp · Transparenecy

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Baxley

Classic backpacks, totes and pouches, redesigned for maximum utility. Made with organic, British waxed-canvas in small runs in the UK. (Yep, that's us!)

British-made · lifetime repairs · environmentally-led

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Moorswood

A very simple offering that fits a perfect need — a plastic-free foldable blanket. Made from British wool tweeds and waxed cotton canvas.

British-made · 1% for the planet

Website   IG

The Bike Project

Apart from selling and servicing bikes, this company exists to refurbish donated bikes and give them to refugees and asylum-seekers.

social enterprise

Website   IG

Werkshoppe

Love puzzles? Love art? This new American company realised they could highlight struggling artists by showcasing certain work as puzzles. Printed with vegetable ink in the US.

USA-made · Give back policy

Website   IG

Goldrick

Beautiful plastic-free household products and gifts.

plastic-free

Website   IG

Honest Thomas

Individually crafted leather goods and brass fittings.

craft

IG

Cushendale Mill

Ireland's last fully vertical mill. They own the full process from carding raw wool through to spinning, dyeing and weaving, blending traditional machinery with modern science.

Irish-made · full traceability

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Blackwing

Exquisite cedar pencils with distinctly shaped, re-fillable erasers. A treat for anyone who works in the slow medium of paper. Also available for colouring.

craft

Website   IG

NEMO

Small by American standards, this outdoor retailer creates backpacking and mountaineering basics with footprint in mind.

USA-made · Lifetime warranty

Website   IG

Frank Horn

Self-trained leatherworker. Beautiful bags and cases in veg-tanned leather, individually made.

British-made · craft · bame-owned

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Stib

Motivational and colourful art material for kids, with 10% of profits given to projects supporting vulnerable children.

education & wellbeing

Website   IG

Wool and the Gang

Nothing beats the pride of making an item yourself. Yarn, kits and tutorials all available here, along with a passionate mega-community.

Make at home

Website   IG

If you know of a small brand that is driven by a purpose greater than just profit, please do share the love in the comments below!

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