Thinking Locally, Shopping Sustainably

Photograph: VeganbunnyCo on Etsy

3 plastic-free, vegan items that will encourage you to think locally and shop sustainably

Text Mirabella Shahidullah

While conglomerates like Amazon made more money due to the pandemic, many local shops and sellers have felt the brunt of having to close their doors during UK lockdown. But just because you are buying from a local seller doesn’t mean it can’t be online, here are three items that come from local UK sellers and are great gifts for 2021 and beyond.

WayDownHomeCo’s face coverings are dyed using natural plant and flower colouring

We’ve come to understand that face masks probably won’t be going away anytime soon. Instead of re-wearing the same crumpled up surgical mask that’s been in your pocket for three weeks, think about investing in naturally-dyed cloth mask.

They’re better for the environment and all you have to do is wash them. We love WayDownHomeCo’s naturally plant dyed face masks’ warm pinks and oranges that she concocts from a variety of drying different plants from her garden such as madder root, camelia petals, and turmeric.

2. Handmade Shampoo Bars

Photograph: The Clovelly Soap Co.’s cinnamon & orange soap

If you want to take a small step in a plastic-free direction, shampoo bars are a great way to upgrade your shower. Handmade in Devon, Clovelly Soap’s shampoo bars are wrapped in recyclable paper and come in a variety of scents for different preferences as well as different hair types.

They’re completely vegan, and their ingredients are all natural and made with essential oils. The shampoo bars are also wrapped in beautifully printed paper, making it easily recyclable and plastic-free.

3. Soy Candles

Photograph: VeganBunnyCo’s Lavender, Sage and Rosemary soy candle

Hand-poured in the UK, VeganBunnyCo on Etsy creates atmospheric and completely vegan candles. 

Our favourite is the Lavender, Sage and Rosemary soy candle; not only is it visually beautiful but it is great for any work at home space; sage cleanses stress or anxiety from rooms while lavender creates a calming ambience for any work from home space. 

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