Green Round-Up – Make it British

Green round upWelcome to this new series of Green Round-ups…a series of green and ethical round-ups from Ali Clifford highlighting this month’s outstanding events and articles which have appeared on blogs around the world.

This week saw Kate Hills launch ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ –  an event in London showcasing the best British manufacturers in the fashion and textiles industry.

After seeing a huge increase in requests to her Make it British site from companies looking to find UK manufacturers to make their products, Kate decided to launch the first ever exclusively British sourcing show. Although this first event covered only the textile sector, plans are to expand into other industries going forward.

By buying authentic British goods, manufactured by skilled crafts people, using the finest materials, you are helping to keep these craft skills alive in the UK. We need to support those makers in Britain that still have these amazing skills before we lose them forever…

Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 British Made Brands:

1) Who Made Your Pants?

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Becky John’s business, Who Made Your Pants? is a social business incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society creating jobs for women who are refugees, in Southampton, UK. They turn perfect fabrics left over from the underwear industry into gorgeous new everyday pants for women. And they tell you who made them, too.

2) Barfoot + Duggan

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Lucy Barfoot and Lucy Duggan are makers of products for people with a taste for eccentric design.
Their Made in England collection features beautiful, playful designs for the home.

3) Neals Yard Remedies

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Neals Yard design, test and make their own products at their eco-headquarters in Gillingham, Dorset. They’ve sourced organic ingredients since they started in 1981. Over 30 years later, they are proud to offer the UK’s largest range of organic health and beauty care.

4) Poppy England

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Poppy was founded in 1980 by Stephanie and Michael Richardson.The company quickly expanded from making decor and bedding, into creating children’s clothing and Poppy began to gain a recognition for their signature border prints. In 2006 Bryony (their daughter) took over the company and that was when the storybook adventures of Poppy and Fred began. Their Made in the UK collection’s fabrics are printed in Lancaster by a large and well-respected printer, to very high standards. In 2010, by popular demand, Poppy launched its womenswear line.

5) Picaloulou

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Shireen Cunliffe at Picaloulou specialises in babies and children’s knitwear using all-natural yarns, made in the UK, using their small team of hand-knitters who knit from home, or working with brilliant British factories who really deliver on quality. They want to boost our home economy – and they need your help! Read about their CrowdFunder project

6) Niki’s Organic Balms

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Homeopath and reflexologist Niki McGlynn’s award winning Organic Balms are multipurpose balms which are made in the UK, with herbal oils and essential oils.

7) Nikki McWilliams

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Nikki McWilliams is a Designer and Maker based in Scotland. Her brand of bold and playful homeware and accessories is inspired by British culture, contemporary Pop-Art and a lifelong love of having a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, thank you.

8) Common Farm Flowers

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Georgie Newbery and Fabrizio Boccha, are a husband and wife team growing British cut flowers near Wincanton in Somerset since 2010.  Follow Georgie @TheFlowerFarmer on twitter for she is the queen of the hashtags #britishflowers #grownintheuk.

9) Booja-booja

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Launched in 1999 and Made in Norfolk in a dairy free factory and everything they make is dairy free. Booja Booja are pioneers of DELICIOUS organic, dairy free, gluten & soya free chocolate truffles and frozen desserts.

10) Bespoke Confetti

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Rosie Ellis grows flower petal confetti in the lea of the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, situated on the Devon and Somerset Borders. A quite delightful English natural organic based biodegradable confetti.

Looking for more products made in Britain? 

– See more at: www.makeitbritish.co.uk

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About Ali Clifford

Ali Clifford is a Creative Stylist, who in a previous life ran the Design Studio for a well-known British Department Store group, and went on to be Creative Director for one of the founding organic and fairtrade kidswear brands in the UK. Now with her own business, Ali works with predominantly ethical SMEs, establishing and maintaining a strong, engaging online presence for them. In her spare time Ali loves getting crafty with her two young boys, upcycling old reclaimed furniture, baking (and eating) and experimenting with Instagram. She also enjoys writing for http://www.aGreenerLifeforus.com and http://www.KidsChaos.com.

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7 Responses to Green Round-Up – Make it British

  1. Ruthy @ Minibreak Mummy 14 June 2014 at 12:19 #

    I already love Who Made Your Pants and Booja Booja – am now off to investigate the other brands you have on your list!

  2. Anya Harris 14 June 2014 at 20:48 #

    What a fabulous idea for a round up and some corkers of businesses there Ali! Super 🙂

  3. Niki McGlynn 15 June 2014 at 16:47 #

    Wow, what an honour to be included Ali, thank you! Very esteemed company to share x

  4. Becca 15 June 2014 at 19:52 #

    Buy British and buy local – we need to support small independents, couldn’t agree more

  5. Adria P 17 June 2014 at 14:01 #

    I love the idea of a Green Round-ups series! I look forward to seeing what else you cover (and I love Neals Yard Remedies).

  6. Ali Clifford 26 June 2014 at 00:12 #

    thank you for all of the lovely comments! I’m loving this series of #GreenRoundups – am planning the next one as we speak…:)

  7. ipshita 27 June 2014 at 15:02 #

    I met some amazing manufacturers in the ‘Meet the manufacturer’ Event and hope to find a suitable manufacturer soon for my business.

    Thanks for the round up