Looking for ways to incorporate sustainbly-sourced and made items into your life? We’ve put together a list of 12 eco-friendly home and fashion items that fit the bill.
We can all feel a growing necessity to change up our non-sustainable ways. In fact, having rummaged through what we’ve got lying around, there’s plenty of easy swaps to make. These swaps don’t have to fuel big corporations that aren’t trying hard enough with sustainability, either. You can support small, but burgeoning brands across the UK while you’re at it through our marketplace for indie brands, The Drop by Stylist.
Whether it’s turning recycled plastic bottles into reusable carry bags and stylish loungewear, donating a portion of profits to environmental charities or creating refillable multi-use spray and pump bottles for your kitchen and bathroom, below are 12 brands from The Drop that have the sustainable tick of approval.
Esa Evans enamel daisy chain pendant
Sound the trend klaxon: this season’s stand-out sartorial motif, as seen in Danish jewellery behemoth Georg Jensen’s recent collaboration with fashion designer Stine Goya, is equal parts sweet and spring-appropriate.
While daisies can be found all over clothes and accessories this season, we love Whitstable-based brand Esa Evans’ simple, elegant pendant necklace, reminiscent of our daisy-chain-making childhoods.
Made from sustainable stainless steel and available in two colours – crisp white and a moody pink – pair with a sweetheart-neckline dress or Breton stripe top and jeans. DIY daisy chain bracelet optional.
Colt & Willow eco-friendly cleaning refill duo
Next time you’re mustering up the courage to do a spring clean, there’s a brand with impressive eco-credentials that you’ll want by your side to get through the grime.
Colt & Willow’s small-batch refillable bathroom cleaner and washing up liquid don’t contain any phosphates, parabens or SLS and also boast the wonderfully soothing and naturally-sourced scents of rosemary, lemon and juniper berry or rhubarb (anyone for crumble?).
Happily, both come in a chic amber-glass spray or pump bottle that’s reminiscent of your favourite Aesop containers and are paired with a one-litre recycled refill bottle. Although cleaning will never be fun, who’s to say it can’t be more planet-friendly and stylish?
Liga leopard & wild tiger eco dishcloths
Looking to elevate your kitchen’s aesthetic? Here’s an underrated item that’ll make a big difference: the humble dishcloth.
This stylish set of two graphic, animal-print cloths by Cornish lifestyle brand Liga doesn’t just look chic – it has eco-friendly credentials, too.
Handmade in Liga’s Truro HQ from a blend of 70% cellulose and 30% cotton, the reusable cloths can be washed in the dishwasher. Once you’ve got as much use out of them as possible, simply throw them in with your orange and potato peelings to be composted. Win-win.
Bee Green Wraps beeswax wraps – starter pack
Looking for ways to be more eco-friendly this year? Whether it’s a sandwich that needs wrapping, bowls of food to cover or cheese and biscuits to keep fresh, Lake District lifestyle label Bee Green Wraps has just the thing. Its reusable foodie-themed wraps – made from a blend of beeswax, organic cotton and tree resin – are a great solution to single-use plastics like cling film.
The starter pack includes four wraps in different sizes to fit all types of crockery and food items – they can even be folded up into pouches to hold nuts or crackers.
Made to last for approximately one year, once they show signs of wear and tear, simply bury them in the garden and let the biodegradable process work its magic…
The Organic Company organic cotton reusable make-up pads
If one of your 2022 resolutions is to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly, you’ve come to the right place. The Organic Company’s set of four reusable make-up pads from online lifestyle emporium White Black Grey is made from 100% organic cotton, using off-cuts from the brand’s waffle weave towels.
However, what we love the most is the dark grey shade. Why? Because it’s ideal for those who are fond of wearing multiple layers of mascara, winged eyeliner and shimmery blush. While pale make-up remover pads look grubby after just one use, these cleverly disguise the grime until you’re ready to throw them in the washing machine.
Don’t worry – if you’re a stickler for white bathroom accessories, there’s a version for you too.
Yala Jewellery Zero Waste Pendant
Created using rescued pieces of brass left over from the process of making other jewellery designs, Yala Jewellery transforms off-cuts to make their organically shaped bean-like pendants.
Hung on a 14k recycled gold chain, it’s a necklace that you can truly feel good about wearing.
Spruce Starter Kit Duo
Spruce’s goal is to put an end to single-use plastics and toxic chemicals from everyday products and make it convenient for you to adopt the low-waste option.
All of its packaging is carefully designed for convenience and with minimal impact to the planet and for each starter kit purchased, Spruce removes the equivalent of 25 ocean-bound plastic bottles.
Kind Bag 100% Recycled Bags
Each medium reusable bag is made from six recycled plastic bottles and is lined with a super-soft and silky fabric.
It holds up to 20kg, which in terms of capacity is equivalent to two or three regular plastic bags, and folds into the attached pouch.
Martha Brook Personalised Recycled Coffee Cup Notebook
Made from recycled coffee cups that were destined for landfill, these notebooks have 140 pages (or 70 sheets) of lined paper inside made from fully recycled FSC-approved paper.
You can personalise these two foil-embossed notebooks with a name of your choice.
Dyke & Dean Refillable Glass Pump
Get 20% off the usual price of these refillable pump bottles, available in brown or clear glass with a choice of six colours for the non-slip rubber base so you can match with your interiors.
The base grips surfaces and protects glass and ceramic surfaces from breakage or chipping.
Nought Bamboo Lunch Box
Plastic containers, begone. This Scandi-esque reusable bamboo lunchbox is ideal for storing leftovers in the fridge or taking picnic supplies to the park, particularly with the elastic band and food-grade silicone seal.
Tula + Tye Recycled Loungewear Set
Loungewear looking a bit worn out? Refresh your collection with a sustainable grey, black or tie-dye set made from a mixture of pre and post- consumer textiles and recycled plastic bottles that have been transformed into polyester.
Plus, 5% of profits go to anti-plastic pollution charities.
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