Welcome 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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