With the environmental issues our planet currently faces, we need to be conscious about what we purchase. That’s why YouK makes it easy to find ethical brands producing goods in the UK.
Nestled in the menu bar is an option to discover brands according to their accreditations, be they ethical, environmental or dietary; they include Leaping Bunny and PETA Cruelty-Free, Organic Soil Association, Vegan and Vegetarian or Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance.
We have picked out 7 ethical brands which cover this wide range of certifications.
Harriet Kersall Jewellery: Fairtrade Foundation
Produced in rural Hertfordshire, Harriet Kelsall’s jewellery has won over 20 UK and International awards for design, business, ethics and innovation. In addition to this, they were one of 20 jewellers worldwide who launched Fairtrade gold with the Fairtrade Foundation in 2011. Today, they also hold licenses to use Fairtrade silver and platinum; they use the Fairtrade stamp on all Harriet Kelsall jewellery. The brand is audited annually to ensure their part in the supply chain is correctly administered.
Harriet Kersall is particularly proud to have made a contribution to helping the jewellery industry flourish, to have contributed to improving the career path for talented jewellery designers, and to have helped others in developing worlds through Fairtrade and other ethical initiatives.
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee: Rainforest Alliance
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee produces ready-to-drink iced coffee in the UK from Rainforest Alliance certified beans. Their coffee comes in Original, Flat White, Skinny and Mocha flavours, as well as Dairy Free.
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee was born after Jim fell in love with cold brews whilst road tripping around Australia. He disliked the sickly-sweet iced coffees at home, so he created his own. Jimmy teamed up with his sister who owned a café at the time to start Jimmy’s Iced Coffee. Seven years later, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee still proudly fuels road trips, commutes and gym sessions.
Faith in Nature: Vegan & Leaping Bunny
Founded in 1974 as a natural, affordable cosmetics company, Faith In Nature aspires to be as ‘green’ as possible. They supply vegan and cruelty-free haircare, skincare and body and bath products.
Rivka Rose always had a passion for plants. From growing avocado seeds on her windowsill to studying herbalism, this passion ﬂourished. And, when she moved to Scotland in the early 70s, it became Faith In Nature. Although nobody was talking about ‘green’ cosmetics in 1974, Rivka was passionate about her products. She knocked on doors across the UK until she found stockists.
Faith In Nature believes that everyone should benefit from what the Earth provides. The ethical brand believes in harnessing the powers of nature, but not harming it in the process; Faith In Nature manufacture locally and use naturally derived, cruelty-free, vegan, ingredients. Above all, their products are for everybody. Prices remain affordable because only by ensuring that everyone can afford to go natural can they truly make a difference.
Juju Jelly Shoes: Vegan
The ultimate throwback, Juju Jelly Shoes are the original British creators of jelly shoes. But, not many people realise that Juju Jelly Shoes are also vegan and 100% recyclable! Juju jellies and kids wellies have been made in Northampton since 1986. However, women’s wellies are made abroad.
Above all, Juju Shoes are about style, versatility and colour.
Daylesford Organic: Organic Soil Association
Daylesford Organic provides award-winning food, drink, larder items and household goods from their farm in Gloucestershire. Over forty years ago, they began to turn their family’s farmland over to sustainable, organic farming. Although Daylesford began as a simple passion for real food and a desire to feed their children better, it is now one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK today.
Daylesford grows, farms, produces and sells food according to their sustainable principles, and in harmony with the environment. Above all, they believe that when people eat natural, organic food, they can taste the difference. It’s a chain of goodness that begins with healthy soil, and finishes with healthy animals and people. Straight from the farm to your fork.
Cock and Bull Menswear: Organic Soil Association & Fairtrade Foundation
Cock and Bull Menswear specialise in tweed waistcoats and caps. They offer a modern, colourful and handsome range of tweeds suited to any style or occasion. Their menswear is exclusively designed and made in East London.
Cock and Bull’s focus is to create garments that capture the spirit and timelessness, quality and durability of old-world charm. Their entire range uses sustainable fabrics and textiles. This means that the fabrics and textiles have a limited impact on the environment and community. Cock and Bull’s fabrics range from organic (GOTS or Organic Soil Association) to eco-friendly and natural fibres and from recycled and biodegradable fabrics to locally sourced fabrics.
Kent & Fraser: Gluten Free
Kent & Fraser are pioneers of gluten-free baking; they produce all-natural and deliciously gluten-free and wheat-free biscuits, cookies, shortbread and savoury crackers.
All of Kent & Fraser’s products are approved gluten-free by Coeliac UK and their high-quality standard is certified BRC Grade A. Kent & Fraser is a family business, founder-managed by a pastry chef. All of their products are baked in London.
“For us, it’s all about natural ingredients, superb flavours and the perfect texture”. Certainly, avoiding gluten shouldn’t mean avoiding great tasting food. So, Kent & Fraser produce outstanding products that are just as good as their wheat-based counterparts.
YouK is a revolutionary website dedicated to promoting UK brands. Buying UK-made products and shopping locally supports our local communities and public services. In addition, your support creates jobs and training opportunities across the UK. However, we know that our shopping habits are incredibly complex; choosing a particular brand doesn’t depend solely on where their products are made. It also depends on how they are made.
The UK is full of ethical brands producing sustainable and fair products. Now it’s time to shout about them! The range of Brand Features on YouK is always expanding, so look out for B-Corps, Living Wage employers and many more in the coming weeks!