Last week, I attended the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival in Harrogate. It’s a huge event, made up of many producers and even more retailers looking to add new lines to their sites, stores and stalls in the autumn.
As with previous events trade events I’ve attended, my goal was to seek out those makers with an eco, ethical or sustainable tale to tell. I thus set off on the organised ‘Eco Trail’ but I was defeated by the size of the show, covering only around two-thirds of it.
Even so, I met some awesome brands that I’m excited to tell you about!
Having realised how mammoth my earlier ethical round-up was, I decided to break this summary up somewhat. There will be five parts going out each night Monday to Thursday, followed by a collated post next Saturday.
I hope that you find some new companies to consciously shop with. Let me know what purchases you make!
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Big Green Tree is a family owned business that designs and manufacturers its natural skincare products on the edge of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. They offer a broad range of paraben and SLS free products, along with a diffusion line of men’s skincare items such as shaving soap and post-shave balm. As well as the friendliness and knowledge of owner Helen, what impressed me was that when they do use plastic bottles, they are recyclable. Good to know for certain!
Starting from around £12.00.
Sorry I didn’t get any pictures from this stall!
The Magic Organic Apothecary was established in 2010, creating natural skincare products with close links to old folklore. Their key ingredient is herb yarrow (Achillea millefolium), commonly found in English hedgerows. MOA grow their own in Somerset, where they plant seeds by hand! The products combine yarrow with other herbs and essential oils, such as tea tree and damask rose. The original multi-purpose balm has now been joined by a cleanser, bath potion and facial oil.
Prices from £4.00.