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 are five parts, beginning with beauty & skincare on Monday and accessories & jewellery last night, plus a collated post on Saturday.
I hope that you find some new companies to consciously shop with. Let me know what purchases you make!
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Claire’s free-hand artwork is inspired by the garden, the countryside and coast. These designs then appear cards, coasters, stationery, prints, bottles, homeware and ceramics. The vast majority of goods are handmade or hand-finished and come from the finest independent UK sources. I was immediately drawn to the mugs as I’d never seen such beautiful examples; I was unsurprised to learn that these are from The Potteries, Stoke.
Hannah is a countryside artist whose mainly pencilled drawings record the beauty of hedgerows, woodlands and fields. These images become cards and stationery that really are works of art. I don’t need to describe them; the images speak for themselves.
Inspired by owner Rhianydd’s own quest for more connection and wellbeing, Seasonal Soul offers small homeware products, stationery and greetings cards designed to help users to relish the season and rekindle their soul. Designed and made in the UK, the prints, colours and slogans reflect different times of the year, from the ‘For Someone Who’s Just Blooming Fabulous’ summertime card in hot pink to the seasonal journal kit in autumnal greens and oranges.
The Adore-A-Bottle range showcases stylish upcycling by recrafting empty alcohol bottles into beautiful new products. There are chopping boards, lights, candles, nibble bowls and drizzle bottles. The bottle lights would look great on an outdoor table or nestled on a cocktail bar, while the bespoke option means that you can sentimental bottles (such as champagne from your wedding) converted into a candle with a matching scent.
Wraptious regularly run competitions to find new artists to contribute to their animal and nature inspired lines of products. They offer a broad range of designs on items such as greetings cards, notebooks, coasters, placemats, clocks, mugs, cushions and prints. All are made in the UK.
Retail prices from £2.50.
YooJoo’s Monster Cards have a second life as a bookmark: you simply tear the perforations when you’ve finished displaying it. If that weren’t ingenious enough, owner and illustrator Julie has now added the Plectrum range. She collects used store cards from shops then makes plectrums from the plastic, adding them to her drawings of acoustic and electric guitars. Again these can be kept when the card is recycled.