Friday 3 July 2020

8 independent eco-friendly businesses in Gloucestershire

Make a big difference in 2020 with some small changes, helped by some of Gloucestershire’s best independent eco-friendly businesses.

About the sponsor – The Isbourne

The Isbourne is a wellbeing centre in the heart of Cheltenham that focusses on helping people with both their physical and mental wellbeing. From its base on Wolseley Terrace, visitors can enjoy an eclectic collection of workshops, talks, courses, classes, treatments and therapies.

Topics include aromatherapy, counselling, dance, gong baths, reiki, hypnotherapy, massage, mindfulness and yoga, alongside many more. The Isbourne’s team of experts also visits Gloucestershire businesses to offer support and assistance for workplace mental health.

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1. The Last Straw Cheltenham

Set up by two brothers, The Last Straw Cheltenham is trying to ‘put an end to plastic pollution’ by supplying individuals and businesses in Gloucestershire with natural wheat and bamboo straws.

The bamboo straws are made from, unsurprisingly, bamboo – which is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. The company’s wheat range of straws can also be composted and will biodegrade over three months.

2. Lovesay and Mo

Offering a range of handmade, planet-friendly organic clothing for children, Lovesay and Mo is the brainchild of Gloucestershire-based Megan.

The business came about when Megan struggled to find unisex baby clothing that was eco-friendly. Using her degree in textile design, Lovesay and Mo was born and now offers a small collection of cotton jumpsuits for children up to the age of three.

3. Food Loose and Plastic Free

Offering plastic free shopping in Cheltenham, Food Loose and Plastic Free is located at the town’s Global Footsteps Café on Portland Street.

Open between Wednesdays and Saturdays, the store sells organic and fair-trade dried goods, refillable washing-up liquid, toilet cleaner, shampoo and liquid soap.

Visitors are asked to bring their own containers along to fill up, or empty household cleaning bottles suitable for refilling.

4. Celia’s Pantry

Family owned and locally created, Celia’s Pantry is well known at Gloucestershire’s farmers markets for its chutneys and jellies.

Using no artificial flavourings, sweeteners and colourings, and with only fresh, local and seasonal produce, this range of natural preserves are made in small batches to ensure their high quality.

5. Field Fresh Skincare

Creators of local and natural skincare solutions, Field Fresh Skincare is a Gloucestershire based skincare company stocking a range of plant-based products.

The company encourages customers to ‘blend it yourself’ with a range of locally sourced products designed to create fantastic natural skincare solutions that help the environment too.

6. BeesWax Wraps

Handmade in the Cotswolds, Beeswax Wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to cling film. The wraps can be used to keep bread fresh, salad last longer, and cheese without the sweaty film when stored in the fridge!

The idea comes from Carly and Fran, who wanted to live as plastic free as possible in 2017, and decided to create their own bees wax wrap after being inspired by a similar product that’s used in Australia.

7. School House Café

School House Café in Cheltenham has launched a range of branded reusable glass coffee mugs for its customers to use when taking away.

Available for £12, the stylish glasses offer customers a 25p discount off every School House Café Coffee that’s poured into one.

8. Ben Ryan Hair

Cheltenham independent hairdresser, Ben Ryan Hair, says that sustainability is very important to the company. The firm uses haircare brand Davines, which is made using organically grown products and has been awarded the ‘b-corp’ certificate. There’s even sustainably-sourced coffee served up to customers.

Ben Ryan Hair recycles 90 per cent of its rubbish, has a renewable energy supplier and uses eco lightbulbs in its salon. The firm even cool washes its towels and hangs them to dry.

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Monday 30 December 2019

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