Sleepy Doe

If anything makes you want to snuggle up and have a restful night, it’s the organic Sleepy Doe sleepwear, designed for mother and child.

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Prior to starting up Sleepy Doe in 2016, founder, Sophie, had eleven years’ experience in the fashion industry. Today, in her collections, she prioritises long-lasting quality and comfort, beautiful print and design, and ethical manufacturing, whilst using her success to support small businesses that share a similar ethos.

“All fabrics are handpicked with quality at the forefront and products are carefully designed with subtle design details, bringing comfort with an effortless style to the mini – and twinning – bedtime wardrobe.” – Sophie, Founder.

Low-impact inks are used in the printing methods, and are all printed onto soft, ecologically sourced organic cotton, certified in accordance to the most up-to-date Global Organic Textile Standard. The garments are each manufactured and printed in a small, independent U.K. factory.

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Although Sleepy Doe was born in Bath, the products can be found in many hand-selected independent stores worldwide, as well as in Fortnum and Mason in London. Email hello@sleepydoe.com to find out about stores near you, or visit the website to make purchases and see the whimsical past and present collections.

https://sleepydoe.com/
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Email: hello@sleepydoe.com

SmartSquid

The fashion industry is said to be the second most polluting industry after oil. Sarina, founder of Smartsquid, is passionate about building a sustainable fashion business, only using garments from certified sustainable suppliers, and using low-impact inks for her beautiful prints, showcasing creatures that, in her opinion, ‘need a bit more appreciation’.

“Smartsquid focuses on creating unique items to spark ecological conversations.” – Sarina, Founder.

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Smartsquid is a wonderfully transparent business, making sure that its customers are aware of the origins of the materials used, whether it’s organic cotton, recycled fabrics or water-based Soil Association certified organic inks.

EarthPositive or Stanley/Stella t-shirts are used as a base for SmartSquid designs. The cotton for these garments is grown in India on an organic cotton farm, where the entire production process is certified in accordance with the latest version of the Global Organic Textile Standard. When the t-shirts are made from recycled fabrics, they are made using a blend of pre-consumer recycled organic cotton and post-consumer recycled plastic. The finished garments are certified under the Global Recycle Standard and the Organic Content Standard by the Control Union Certifications.

What really makes Smartsquid garments original, however, are the print designs. There are currently two collections available: ‘Ocean Creatures’, features whales, sharks, seabirds, grey seals, turtles and dolphins, with 20% of profits going to The Ocean Clean Up. The ‘Dung Ecology Collection’ features dung beetles, blow flies and earthworms.

“The dung ecology depicts the degradation of a dung pat, a really important process that needs some attention. Recent work suggests that dung beetles and flies are negatively affected by some common pesticides. We need these creatures for farming to run smoothly!” – Sarina.

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Smartsquid products currently only for sale on the website listed below. Click here to find out more about the Smartsquid ethos.

https://smartsquid.online/
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Email: smartsquidink@gmail.com

Tuck It In

“When looking for bedding for my young son, I wanted something fun, gender neutral and responsible, and found it really hard to get all three. I didn’t want to compromise, so I started Tuck It In.” – Lucy, founder.

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Tuck It In creates beautiful handmade bedding for babies and young children, using organic or Global Organic Textile Standard certified fabrics and natural dyes, which give the finished pieces lovely, soft colours that complement one another perfectly. Materials used to make the dyes vary from carrot tops, to pomegranate, to dahlias and even locally sourced walnuts.

Lucy also runs workshops, where you can learn the various methods she uses for Tuck It In, including quilting and patchworking for beginners, and natural dying using food waste that you would find in your own kitchen waste bin. You can find out more about her workshops here.

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Furthermore, Tuck It In often offers seasonal products which are well worth looking out for, such as Christmas stockings, and delicately designed and hand printed moon phase calendars.

You can find Lucy at the Frome Independent market, or follow the link to the website where the items can be shipped worldwide.

https://tuckitin.bigcartel.com/
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Email: hello@tuckitin.co.uk

 

Belle Isle Botanicals

You can find delicious smelling candles and skin care products in every second shop these days, but majority of the time it’s hard to know what the ingredients are and where they have come from. Belle Isle Botanicals is doing everything right, prioritising transparency with their products, and building a business that gives back.

Lavender body balm

“We really believe in the power of plants, so all of our skincare is 100% natural. We use organic cocoa butter, shea butter and pure essential oils to create products that actually work, without the unidentifiable ingredients you often get from larger brands.” – Roseanna, founder.

All of the ingredients that are used in making their products are sourced from trusted UK suppliers and nothing gets wasted. There are no single-use plastics in sight, and all orders are packaged with paper, cardboard and recyclable tape. They also encourage their customers to re-use the tins by sending them back to be refilled. Furthermore, leftover wax is used to create unique candles, and they sell the ones that go a little bit wonky at half the price of the regular candles.

Belle Isle Botanicals is a vegan business, so you can rest assured that no animals are harmed in the making of any products. They use soy wax instead of beeswax, vegan friendly fragrance oils, and plant-based ingredients wherever possible.

Belle Isle Pride Candle

But wait, it gets better… at Belle Isle Botanicals, charity donation is the drive behind the business. They donate 10% of the profits to a different charity every quarter. “I actually had to be talked out of donating 50% of profits because, apparently, you need to make money to run a business.” They have recently donated to Bloody Good Period, as well as DOTS, Isle of Wight Pride, and created a Pride candle from which 20% of profits go to Stonewall.

You can find Belle Isle Botanicals at numerous markets and festivals around the Bath/Bristol area, including the Bristol Harbourside Market, the Bath Artisan Market, selected vegan fairs and more, or you can buy the products online at the link below.

https://belleislebotanicals.com/
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Email: info@belleislebotanicals.com