From reducing how much plastic you use to switching to environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday products, there are plenty of eco-friendly businesses in Gloucestershire offering innovative ways to help the planet – with SoGlos rounding up eight of them in this hot list.
1. The Last Straw Cheltenham
Set up by two teenage 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 Shepherd.
The business came about when Shepherd 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 has just moved to a brand-new store on Grosvenor Terrace.
Open Monday to Saturday, the store sells organic and fair-trade dried goods, refillable washing-up liquid, toilet cleaner, shampoo and liquid soap, with shoppers asked to bring along their own containers along to fill up.
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. The Beeswax Wrap Co.
Handmade in the Cotswolds, beeswax wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to cling film. The wraps can be used to keep bread fresh, make salad last longer, store cheese in the fridge and plenty more.
The business is the brainchild of 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. Migration Studios
The first recording studio dedicated to carbon capture launched in the Cotswolds back in October 2021.
The unique new independent recording studio, Migration Studios, channels 100% of booking proceeds into the environmental arts charity, Platform Earth, to help tackle climate change. The first project it is helping to fund is the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project, which is working to restore and rewild the Sussex coastline.
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.