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. 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. 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 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 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 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 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 Noctu The ultimate clothing for 2020. Organic lounge and nightwear for women, men and kids. British-made · Organic 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 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 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 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 McNair Heavy-duty overshirts made in Yorkshire from merino wool. Plastic-free and working towards 100% full traceability. British-made · Made to last Carrier Company Small family business, making traditionally-inspired womens' and mens' clothing in Norfolk. British-made Finisterre Surf-inspired clothing company, passionately working as environmental advocates. b-corp · environmentally-led 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 Made My Wardrobe Patterns, kits and workshops to inspire those new to — or established in — home-sewing. From dungarees to underwear. sew at home 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 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 Sarah Johnson One item released every month, in very limited numbers and a single distinct colour. British-made · Small batch 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 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 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 Paynter Jacket Co. Limited run jackets, made-to-order 3 times a year, with a devoted following. 1% for the planet 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 Turtle Doves Fingerless mittens, socks and scarves made from reclaimed and recycled cashmere, with passionate fans. British-made · living wage What Mother Made Vintage-inspired, zero-waste children's clothing (and some adult pieces), made to order in London. British-made · zero waste Girlfriend Transparency-focused leggings, bras and loungewear for women. Recycled materials, with circular recycling programme for certain items. TRANSPARENCY Free Natives Plant-dyed, organic womenswear, made mindfully and slowly in Nottinghamshire. British-made · environmentally-led 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 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 Enjoying this list? Join our community of passionate people. 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 Ecocult Helpful lists of specific products meet challenging and enlightening articles on sustainability meet sustainable brand reviews. US-centric. ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED 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 Breadwinners Gorgeous baked goods (inc. subscription and delivery service), giving training and employment to refugees and immigrants. Sadly, only available to Londoners. social enterprise 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 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 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 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 Enjoying this list? Join our community of passionate people. 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 Yard + Parish A gorgeous collection of eco-luxe brands to shop from, all made by black-owned businesses. bame-owned · ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED 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 World of Books Second-hand books galore! This is the ultimate way to find used books in the UK. Save money, save trees. bCorp 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 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 Buy Me Once From clothing to kitchenware, linen to umbrellas. Each item listed has been audited and tested for longevity. Made to last 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 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 Bòtann Sustainably harvested natural rubber wellies. Two colour options, one distinct shape. natural materials 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 Allbirds The water-resistant, all-wool, logo-less, minimal trainers from New Zealand. Made by a company deeply committed to the environment. Bcorp · Transparenecy 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 FlamingosLife Proudly 100% vegan trainers. Made in Spain from fully biodegradable natural materials, such as corn waste and bamboo. ENVIRONMENTALLY-LED Ottowin Distinct footwear handmade by two people in Bristol (along with courses for making shoes yourself, and clothing and accessories by other slow-fashion small labels). British-made · Craft Enjoying this list? Join our community of passionate people. 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 Apostle Shoes A young challenger to the old Oxford shoe game, bringing a modern business approach to a world of tradition. One shoe focused on, nothing else. British-made · Craft Solovair The original Northamptonshire factory that made Dr Martens, still making their own everyday classics all here in the UK. British-made · craft 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 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 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 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 Goldrick Beautiful plastic-free household products and gifts. plastic-free Honest Thomas Individually crafted leather goods and brass fittings. craft 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 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 NEMO Small by American standards, this outdoor retailer creates backpacking and mountaineering basics with footprint in mind. USA-made · Lifetime warranty Frank Horn Self-trained leatherworker. Beautiful bags and cases in veg-tanned leather, individually made. British-made · craft · bame-owned Stib Motivational and colourful art material for kids, with 10% of profits given to projects supporting vulnerable children. education & wellbeing 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 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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