01 June 2018

10 Positive Brands

Written by Published in Good Brands
SKN-RG
The Rocking Sheep Company
Fou Furnishings
So Eco Brushes
Mondaine
Dimmbla
Made Jewellery

How does a brand become a timeless favourite, an everyday icon? We put together a list of Ten great sustainable names that are making history

SKN RGSKN-RG

Feel like vegan and organic skincare is a compromise on performance? Deborah and Robert Scott created the first scientific way of capturing the power a plants’ blueprint and optimising it through the use of a frequency chamber – a technology akin to the Dyson Vacuum cleaner.

Deborah reveals the secret, Frequency has actually been used in medical science in the form of MRI scans and other lifesaving equipment. “People thought we were crazy at first, until they tried the products. Often exclaiming they don’t understand how it works but it’s fantastic.”

“We wanted to create something more than just a mixture of ingredients, with the common “free from” experience. My husband and I had always had a deep fascination with Tesla – an inventor, physicist and engineer – but it wasn’t until our university studies that we would, as Tesla said, “look for the answers to the universe and think in terms of vibration and frequency”

They even built their own laboratory and manufacturing unit to be able to fully research and develop the concept. Test after test, it was confirmed time and time again that the skin was energised in a completely new way rather than sitting on the skin like traditional products SKN-RG is delivered when and where you need it most – at the cellular level.

Discover the brand that is changing the history of skincare at www.skn-rg.com


RockingEwewithLambThe Rocking Sheep Company

Meet the woolly alternative to the rocking horse

Inspired by Victorian illustration and the playful Spring lambs in the countryside, The Rocking Sheep Company are the specialist makers of beautifully crafted, life-size rocking sheep and lambs.

Based at the foot of Harlech Castle in the Snowdonia National Park in beautiful North Wales, their aim is to produce toys of heirloom quality worthy of a proud tradition and the finest you will find anywhere in the world.

“We are passionate about our work and don’t believe in mass production. Our children’s future matters a great deal to us and we’re determined to leave as a small ‘rocker print’ on their planet as we can. This is why we only use manage grown renewable timber, pure wool stuffing and water-based lacquers on our flock.”

Each piece is individually made by a skilled craftsman. They are constructed of solid natural timber and fitted with a hand tailored genuine fleece which can be completely removed for hand or machine washing. The traditional bow rockers have a unique rubber ‘tyre’ and can be used on carpet, tile, stone or wooden floors.

They might not look it at first glance, but these rocking sheep are green – and proudly plastic free!

therockingsheepcompany.co.uk


ladder stitch organic duvet coverFou Furnishings

Before founding Fou furnishings® a luxury organic and Fairtrade linens company with a difference, Stephanie McIntosh had a career in retail. Increasingly aware of how our choices link to the human story behind the products, the shared environment and our wellbeing, Stephanie decided to design a sustainable supply chain from scratch. Her company now sells luxury organic cotton and wool bedding internationally to homes, boutique hotels, yachts and yoga retreats.

Fou furnishings® sources organic cotton for its linens from two well established Fairtrade and organic Indian projects. Organic cotton and wool bedding is also sourced from Italy and the UK, combining textile heritage with innovation to achieve the company’s signature quality, craftsmanship and original design. One of the few UK textile companies with dual organic and Fairtrade certification, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) mark lets you know that every stage of the product’s journey, from organic cotton, to Welsh wool to sewing is traceable.
For its luxury 100% organic bedding, only high thread-count organic cottons make the grade and, as no harsh chemicals are used in organic textiles, the cotton retains its softness and purity. The feel and breathability of this luxury organic bedding will make you blissfully comfortable and sleep will come more easily.

Sourcing and selling directly means Fou furnishings® luxury organic linens are competitively priced against their luxury branded counterparts, with the premium for Fairtrade and organic cotton positively impacting those in the supply chain and the environment.

foufurnishings.com


SoEcoBrushesSo Eco Make-up Brushes

So Eco are an eco-friendly make- up tool brand, who source their product components ethically and responsibly. The make-up brushes are cruelty-free and vegan, with each of the components are carefully sourced to ensure the end product is as eco - friendly as possible! The brush handles are made from sustain-ably sourced bamboo, the ferrules are made using recycled aluminum and the brush bristles are taklon which is a synthetic fibre.

So Eco pride themselves on their environmentally considered packaging, leading the way in changing the values of the beauty industry with their products. The makeup brushes are packaged in biodegradable and compostable boxes with corn starch windows, an eco-friendly alternative to standard plastic windows. They also use water based solvent free adhesives, and print with vegetable inks.

‘Here at So Eco we believe you can have top quality beauty products without the need for cruelty to animals or materials that damage the planet. The recent response to Blue Planet has endorsed our belief that consumers want companies to reduce the use of plastics, harmful chemicals and where possible only use recycled materials.’

Get them at lookfantastic.com/so-eco


TextMUk 3Made UK

Since its beginnings in 2006, MADE has built up an outstanding reputation for designing and creating bespoke jewellery and bags for internationally recognised brands.

MADE is driven by one vision – that of Neal Gershinson – born out of two different cities, London and Nairobi, combining modern design ideas with artisan techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation to create beautiful, handcrafted pieces.

Neal describes how, at its root, the company is inspired by ‘the upcycling culture in Kenya’ and by working with high-quality craftsmanship. MADE uses materials aimed to promote sustainability, such as recycled brass and glass, meaning that its products, such as the jewellery, have a positive impact at all levels.

MADE promotes a vibrant passion for artisanal, ethical and sustainable fashion manufacture out of Africa, delivering prosperity through unity and meaningful employment.

Over the past eleven years, MADE has established a credible success story through MADE branded collections, private-label projects and unique, designer-led collaborations. MADE’s client list includes some of the greatest in the industry: Louis Vuitton, Laura Bailey, Imogen Belfield and Daisy Knights are just some of them, and it enjoys longstanding partnerships with Whistles, Topshop and Asos.

made.uk.com


Text400MondaMondaine

Who doesn’t know the simple design, easy-to-read face, distinctive hands and that famous red second hand that have made Mondaine timepieces recognised the world over? The Mondaine Official Swiss Railways watches embody ingenuity and simplicity, and exemplify excellent twentieth-century design.

In 1944, Hans Hilfiker, a Swiss Engineer and employee of the Federal Swiss Railways, created a clock, which has become known as the 'Official Swiss Railways Clock'. In 1986 the Mondaine watch company, owned by the Bernheim family, took the blueprint of the iconic design of the Railways Clock and turned it into a watch collection.

With the new launch of the first wristwatch created using natural castor oil, Mondaine is now a leading player in the watch industry. The SBB essence is a collection that combines the brand’s classic minimalist appeal with modern eco-friendly design. It also comes with a natural rubber strap and a reusable presentation case made from recycled PET bottles – perfect for holding a phone or sunglasses. The SBB essence collection marks a new era for the brand; built with sustainable materials, it is as eco-conscious as it is stylish. Mondaine makes their innovative creations not only clean and simple in design but considerate towards the world we live in.

This Swiss-made watch comes at a giftable price of £149.00 and is sure to make a statement about your love for our planet.

mondaine.com


TextDimmblaKafaldDimmblá

Created in 2014 by Heiðrún Ósk Sigfúsdóttir, Dimmblá clothes are produced by certified sourcing partners in India using sustainable methods, organic, innovative materials and colourful, nature-inspired prints. Dimmblá’s mission is to create long-lasting clothing that leaves no waste from the production process, and to support initiatives that further environmental protection and sustainable development so that customers can feel good about what they wear.

Dimmblá cares for its natural heritage, its legacy from the past – what its creators live with today and will pass on to future generations. Its range of timeless, elegant clothing emphasises comfort and style, and appeals perfectly to the conscious woman. Its designs are inspired by the Icelandic landscape, featuring images taken by some of Iceland’s top photographers. Dimmblá’s prints are offered in limited editions, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

With every purchase, Dimmblá donates to help protect nature.

dimmbla.is


textartisanArtisan Lifestyle

Artisan Lifestyle is a newly launched online home decor company that’s passionate about ethical design and creative enterprise. Every product is made by hand and sustainable.

The company looks to partner with craftspeople who have a story tell, as it is the narrative behind each exceptionally handcrafted artefact which highlights the skill and workmanship invested in each item. The brand loves to source and then collaborate on creating home decor that will enhance any home environment through natural raw craft talent.

Artisan Lifestyle is committed to working with carefully selected partners who value the importance of boosting artisan communities through skill-sharing and the principles of fair trade. Talent and creative skills can be used to empower artisans at community level, and it’s this kind of supported empowerment that is essential to the team at Artisan Lifestyle.    

Handcrafted terrarium
These curvaceous hanging terrariums are a stunning focal point and a wonderful opportunity for creating an uplifting green space within your home. The team have used the terrariums to display an array of succulents, a floral design with a contemporary, stylish, sustainable feel. These statement pieces are handcrafted by skilled glass-blowers using 100% recycled glass collected by the people of Swaziland. Two size options are available: medium (20cm x 25cm) and large (28cm x 36cm).

artisanlifestyle.co.uk  


TextsambazoSambazon

At its simplest, açaí is a palm fruit that grows on the banks of the Amazon in Brazil, the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. Açaí has an exotic, purple berry taste with notes of chocolate, and can be served as an açaí bowl with organic granola and banana slices, or in a smoothie.

Sambazon’s founders fell in love with the Amazon, which is why their açaí is always fair trade, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and organic. These guiding principles have helped the brand bring a new level of nutrition to the market, while supporting the environmental and social well-being of the Brazilian Amazon and its people.

Sambazon – the first-ever certified organic and fair-trade company – is committed to protecting the rainforest and its indigenous peoples. It helps prevent deforestation, preserving over 2.2 million acres of Amazon rainforest. In addition, 5% of all açaí purchases is fed directly into local schools and hospitals, and Sambazon supports 30,000-plus family farmers by paying fair wages.

sambazon.com


Textfarm to hangerFarm to Hanger

Farm to Hanger is a slow fashion, 100% Australian made brand, seeking to combat the growing issue of textile waste. Producing high quality, long-lasting, sustainable clothing and homewares whilst at their core, committed to knowing where each material comes from. With a strong focus on supporting sustainable farming methods, utilising recycled textiles, sourcing local raw materials and endorsing a zero waste attitude, every step of the process for each garment is traceable and transparent and being able to share this with their consumers is highly important to them. This attention to detail extends to being conscientious of reusing, repurposing and recycling any waste materials, including the reconditioning of sewing machines. This is in line with Farm to Hanger’s long term goal of being Australia’s most sustainable brand.

Farm to Hanger source their cotton from a sustainably managed Australian farm, whereby the water usage per plant is drastically less compared to organic, making it much better for the environment. Farm to Hanger also plant a tree for every item the brand produces as a way of giving back and supporting the environment. This is also a way of offsetting their carbon footprint and they are actually in carbon credit as a result of doing this.

To take this one step further, Farm to Hanger has introduced a repair or recycle service whereby customers are given the choice to not contribute to textile waste. This service has the aim of combating the wider waste issue and supports the idea of long lasting clothes for a more sustainable future.

farmtohanger.com


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