British design, made here in the British Isles


To counter further global warming and help restore local communities, we all need to think about ethical consumption – buying less and buying better, both in terms of lasting quality, and sustainability (without hurting people, animals or the earth). If you buy BRITISH MADE, you are already reducing your carbon footprint because your purchases have not travelled thousands of miles from abroad. They are also likely to be better quality, and made without being tested on animals and by adults paid a regulated living wage. Within the vast array of BRITISH MADE items available, it is also worth considering gifts that further reduce impact on the environment.

Continue using your plastic plant pots until they wear out, but if you need extra pots for seeds/seedlings/small cuttings, try Creamore Mill’s wooden paper pot press. Made from sustainable beech, it is a great way to reduce plastic usage and involve younger members of the family in gardening using torn off strips of old newspapers to make paper pots. Once established, the seedling or cutting can be planted out in its paper pot avoiding the disturbance of its roots. The paper pot will degrade naturally in the soil.

A handy accompaniment, and still on the theme of ‘NO TO PLASTICS’, are their extra wide compostable wooden seed labels that accommodate larger writing, making them easier to read.

After all that gardening, you will want to wash your hands. The ubiquitous plastic liquid soap dispenser with its pump of many small parts can be replaced by a good old-fashioned bar of soap. Blend Collective’s organic soap will not wash PEGS, silicones, DEA, TEA, glycols, synthetic colours or fragrances, parabens or sulphates into our water systems.

If you like burning scented candles, try switching to a healthier non-paraffin alternative. This Sun Day candle is made from five expertly blended pure aromatherapy botanical oils - lavender, rose, lemon, lime, orange - designed to bring peace and tranquillity to both the mind and body, and is made with GMO-free plant wax, never any palm oil and never any synthetic perfumes or components.

Paula Williams, Founder of BRITISH design BRITISH made, 64 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AG, helping you to buy British.