Brands with purpose
Will and Sam have been wearing Vivobarefoot shoes for a number of years. Not only do they make great footwear; they also have a really strong sustainability strategy keeping an open and transparent supply chain. Don’t miss their podcast series Sustain This? which invites experts to discuss the challenges we face for our planetary and human health.
Forest Green Rovers are the first football club to be certified as carbon neutral by the UN and ‘the greenest football club in the world’ according to FIFA. From solar panels and electric vehicle charging points to their vegan menu, they are proving that sports clubs can lead the fight against climate change. They are a big inspiration to the footballers in our office - Liam, Kieran and Kyle - and their seven-a-side team, the Champagne Super Rovers.
We couldn’t not mention our friends and fellow Cornish brand Finisterre who make sustainable outdoor clothing built to inspire a love of the sea. They also have a great podcast which features our very own Head of Marketing Bella for episode 13.
Kinder beauty brands
Florence recommends Haeckels: a sustainable cosmetic brand using handpicked local seaweed as the base for their natural skincare products. Their ‘Rubbish for Product’ scheme gives a free product to customers who bring a bag of beach rubbish into their Margate store.
Ailsa and Polly recommend REN Skincare: their Zero Waste Pledge in collaboration with Caudalie, Biossance, Herbivore and Youth to the People is a shared commitment to produce only planet friendly packaging by 2025.
Sarah recommends Neal’s Yard Remedies: pioneers of natural and organic skincare and wellbeing. Renowned for their beautiful blue bottles, their #bluebottlesgreenfuture initiative encourages customers to upcycle their empty products into everything from candlestick holders to bud vases.
Polly recommends UpCircle: an ethical skincare brand using leftover natural ingredients, such as used coffee grounds or residual chai spices, and bringing them back to life as beauty products.
Thoughtful drinks brands
Ailsa recommends Folc: award-winning English rosé crafted in Kent using grapes from local family-run vineyards. As well as being vegan and gluten-free, they use plant-based corks, recycled paper labels and plastic-free Flexi-Hex packaging.
Sarah recommends Two Drifters Rum: the world’s first rum to have a carbon negative footprint. They have many sustainable practices to reduce their CO2 emissions and they use Direct Air Capture (from Climeworks) to remove all, and more, of the emissions associated with the full life cycle of their rums.
Kieran recommends Avallen Spirits: a traditional cider brandy that puts sustainability at the core of their company. Their apples come from a 20km radius from the distillery and their labels are even made from apples! They were also an early adopter of Flexi-Hex bottle packaging.
James recommends Hattiers Rum: the UK’s first B Corp certified rum and long-standing Flexi-Hex customer. Hattiers have been plastic-free from day one and are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
8 ways to live & Shop sustainably
- Carry around a reusable water bottle and coffee cup
- Eat a more plant-based diet
- Buy food locally
- If you have a garden, why not set up your own greenhouse and veg patch for the summer?
- Save food waste for composting
- Avoid fast fashion and try to buy second-hand clothes from charity shops or marketplaces like eBay, Vinted or Depop
- Sell your old clothes rather than throwing them away
- Cycle to work or car share with colleagues
Looking for more recommendations this Earth Day? Click here to see some of our team's favourite sustainably-minded books, podcasts and documentaries.