Sustainable Swaps: the emerging British brands to know now
Whether wanting to support British communities, go plastic-free, or reduce our carbon footprint, we know making small sustainable swaps is the easiest way to have an impact.
In tribute to Plastic-Free July, here are five of the best British brands supporting positive change on our radar right now.
Folc English Rosé
Established in 2020 by Elisha Rai and Tom Cannon, we love Folc’s delicious rosé, which is already winning awards internationally. With Elisha one of the very few females of colour working as a UK wine producer, the team have hopes to inspire others and lead the way in representation.
Named for the Old English word for ‘people’, ‘tribe’, or ‘family’, Folc has impressive sustainable credentials, using 100% recycled glass and biodegradable, recycled or recyclable packaging. Accredited with the WineGB Sustainability Scheme, Elisha and Tom are also working to reduce the environmental impact of wine and the carbon footprint per bottle, with the goal for Folc to be fully carbon neutral in the next few years. We’ll raise a glass to that!
Floks Woollen Bedding
Woollen bedding is back on our radar due to its surprising sleep benefits. Having both anti-bacterial properties and being hypoallergenic, sustainable, and bio-degradable (unlike traditional bedding), its also thermoregulating. This means it’ll keep you cool and sweat-free in the summer, and snug as a bug all winter long.
It’s no wonder then that we love these luxurious duvets from British brand Floks, whose beautiful wool products use the finest British Cheviot wool – silky soft and bright white – sourced from farms in Yorkshire. With a low carbon footprint, Floks bedding promises a better night’s sleep, all while supporting traditional British farming and manufacturing.
Founded in April 2020, Neat’s products use biodegradable, plant-based ingredients that are entirely vegan and cruelty-free.
We rate this B-Corp business’s already impressive sustainable efforts to reduce unnecessary carbon emissions, single-use plastic and save water, but it’s the brand’s striking design and recycled aluminium bottles we love most.
In time for summer, Neat’s new Mango & Fig scent is tropical and fruity, while the classic Green Tea & Bergamot is vibrant and fresh. Refillable handwashes never looked so chic.
Tula + Tye
Tula + Tye’s cosy and colourful unisex tracksuits come in a range of vibrant shades and styles, from sunshine yellow cropped tees for summer, to comfy tie-dye tracksuit sets.
With every item ethically-made from recycled materials and eco-friendly dyes, the brand has its own unique hyperlocal production model, Three-Mile Threads™, guaranteeing all items are made from scratch by carefully selected independent suppliers within a three square mile radius in the UK.
With its ethical supply chain and low carbon footprint, choice of family-run factories and support of British manufacturers, we recommend buying from this British brand, to look great and feel good.
8Track Spiced Rum
With a refreshing balance of citrus and spice, this fun rum stands out from the crowd with its bold and bright design. The first launch from Upbeat Spirits, a new independent drinks company based in Cornwall, 8Track supports new musical talent, hosting 8Track Presents events in grass roots music venues, pubs and bars across England.
Using only lightweight recycled glass bottles, a newly developed plant-based bottle cap casing, and paper packaging produced by pioneers Flexi-Hex, 8Track is also proudly plastic-free. The rum itself is a bespoke blend infused with Seville oranges, vanilla, cloves, ginger and cinnamon, resulting in a smooth and zesty spirit.