11 sexy sustainable buys
We were doing so well with our bags for life and reusable cups, but we're drowning in plastic again. Check out the brands turning trash into stylish treasure, including Scamp & Dude's plastic bottle bags.
If you haven't heard of Scamp & Dude, then you're clearly not on Instagram. Founder Jo Tutchener-Sharp, from Cookham Dean, started her fashion biz to support kids when they're apart from their loved ones. The sweatshirts for big and small are amazing. But we're crushing on this holdall too – made from 100% recycled plastic, big enough for gym kit, baby essentials and naughty overnighter. ,
Can you believe this sweatshirt is made from 32 plastic bottles? Everlane's ReNew range uses recycled plastic where possible to divert waste from landfill and environmentally friendly dyes. That doesn't mean there's any compromise on style. The relaxed cropped shape make it perfect for layering and will go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. It's a keeper.
Comfy, classic design and kind to the planet. These trainers from Newbury boutique B The Lifestyle Shop has a sole made from recycled plastic bottles and an insole made from nature's shock absorber… cork. Now if it could do the running bit for us too, that would be magic.
POLISH YOUR HAIR HALO
Hair feeling frazzled? Kevin Murphy's Maxi.Wash will perk it right up. It's a Muddy must-have product, that's packed full of vitamins and nourishing amino-acid, detoxes your hair from life and leaves it looking fresh. It's also sulphate-, paraben- and cruelty-free – and comes in bottles made from recycled ocean plastic.
Cotton wool is as unpopular these days as plastic carry bags and Boris Johnson. It doesn't mean you have to abandon your double cleanse and Vitamin C toner fix, we discovered these handmade reusable face wipes at Zero Joe's in Windsor. Made from 100% cotton poplin and towelling in various designs, there really is no excuse to keep it clean. Use instead of disposable cotton pads for removing make up and applying cleanser or toner.
Well hello, beautiful, where have you been all our lives? Aussie eco homeware brand Raine & Humble's leather sling back chair is a timeless piece that, like us, only improves with age. Made with relaxation in mind, the teak frame and soft leather (choose tan or dusky pink) is available from Reading's Field & Hawken.
Where's the fire?
Hello hot stuff! What do you need when you're traveling to keep your cool? A wash bag made of decommissioned hose. After 25 years putting out fires in the UK, Kent-based Elvis & Kresse repurpose the Brigade's old hoses into luxury bags, belts and accessories. Loved by celebs (Cameron Diaz is a fan), the bags are hard wearing, totally waterproof and come with a conscience – 50% of the profits go to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Rest your eyes and breathe a dose of wellbeing. This Blästa Henriët eye pillow is made from sustainable linen flax and Cotswold wheat. It can be used hot or cold, spritz on a little essential oil for ultimate bliss. Available from the super-cool The Collective Caversham.
Money doesn't grow on trees, but knickers do. Devon-based undies brand Stripes & Stare make the comfiest knickers ever – made from sustainably-sourced Beechwood modal. The feel-good factor goes way beyond your tush, from the environmentally sourced fabric and packaging to working with the most ethical factories, the good vibes keep on giving. Plus they look pretty cute too.
£15 each or £40 for 4
These amazing Weaver Green rugs are made entirely from recycled plastic bottle (3,000 to be precise) so can be used inside or outside. The genius bit, is that the entire range is washable and immune to muddy paw prints, crayons and red wine *hic*. In fact this rug is practically indestructible and entirely family proof. We likey a lot. Available from Reading's Field & Hawken.
Trying to move away from mainstream deodorants? Have a whiff at Posy London, a Newbury-based biz committed to creating 100% natural deodorants that work – even during exercise. They contain antibacterial coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate neutralises BO, beeswax helps provide a layer of protection and the essential oils of grapefruit, lemon, coriander, tea tree and lavender, smell amaaaaazing.