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Green People can’t wait till Christmas with Woodland Trust gift range

Green People's Christmas range supports the Woodland Trust

Green People’s Christmas range supports the Woodland Trust

Green People has already unwrapped its Christmas presents: a selection of limited edition gift collections developed in association with the Woodland Trust.

The skincare brand’s natural and organic Christmas range comprises Facial Care Collection (£15.95), Hand Care Collection (£15.95), Body Care Collection (£19.95) and Men’s Collection (£19.95).

‘Made in Britain’ label worth extra to 40% of UK shoppers

Forty per cent of UK shoppers would show some love for domestic products by paying more, My Voucher Codes finds

Forty per cent of UK shoppers would show some love for domestic products by paying more, My Voucher Codes finds

Some 40 per cent of UK shoppers would be prepared to pay extra for products made in Britain, with an even higher percentage willing to spend more on clothing, shoes and accessories (49 per cent) and health and beauty products (41 per cent), according to new research.

Carried out by voucher and discount code website My Voucher Codes, the study found that British-made technology such as mobile phone and tablets is worth a higher price tag to 43 per cent of the UK shoppers polled, 37 per cent would spend more on small electrical goods like microwaves and 34 per cent on white goods.

A further 21 per cent of shoppers said it would depend on the product as to whether they’d shell out more, versus 39 per cent who said they would not pay any extra at all.

Additionally, when asked the question ‘Would you rather buy British-made items or goods over foreign?’, 58 per cent said they would prefer their shopping was made in Britain, compared to 25 per cent who said they would not. The remaining 17 per cent didn’t care about the provenance.

According to the research, the reasons for choosing UK-made products were varied: 42 per cent considered the social issues and wanted better working conditions and pay, 37 per cent wanted to help boost the UK economy, and 21 per cent said providing more job opportunities was the priority.

From an environmental point of view, buying goods manufactured in the UK can also reduce carbon emissions from transport and provide more transparency and sustainability in the supply chain. It can also support traditional British crafts that may otherwise be lost.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people would like to buy British,” says Mark Pearson, founder of My Voucher Codes. “Unfortunately if products and goods were more expensive than foreign-made counterparts people would then be less likely to buy.

“We can understand cost being a factor, however if quality was better and service easier for these items then I think people would be happy to buy British.

“I am not surprised most people would like to buy clothing, shoes and accessories, which are made in the UK. The horror stories of sweatshops where a lot of cheaper clothing is made can be off-putting. And similarly with mobile phones and tablets, conditions in factories overseas is notably poor.”

Bottletop collaborates with DKNY

The DKNY x Bottletop collection features recycled ring pulls

The DKNY x Bottletop collection features recycled ring pulls

British sustainable accessory brand Bottletop has collaborated with DKNY on a seven-piece collection for S/S 2015. The six bags and an iPad case (from £85) feature Bottletop’s recycled aesthetic by incorporating beverage can ring pulls.

Sales will help fund the Bottletop Foundation’s health education programmes for young people in Malawi, Rwanda, Brazil, Mozambique and Kenya, while DKNY also donated a percentage of its sales from the S/S 2015 collection to the foundation at the DKNY x Bottletop launch event.

“Bottletop embraces everything I believe in… a stylish marriage of commerce and philanthropy. These artisanal recycled bags are modern and functional – and very much in the street chic spirit of DKNY,” says Donna Karran, the designer behind the DKNY brand.

Black birds, red panthers and jungle leaves: Startas + Co sets foot in the UK

Polkadot White can be switched up with two sets of laces and a detachable bow

Polkadot White can be switched up with two sets of laces and a detachable bow

Croatian brand Startas + Co has launched its range of ladies’ footwear in the UK, offering a line of handmade, vegan, ethical trainers spanning basic white to feverish jungle print. Established in 1931, Startas + Co uses 100 per cent organic materials and promotes fair wages for production workers.

Styles (£42.50 to £45) now available in the UK include monochrome Black Birds, Big Stripes and Polkadot White that feature cute detachable bows and two sets of laces, bright Red Panther, Aztec and Boogie Jungle, and sparkly and glam Princess, Duchess and Black Queen, as well as Classic White and Basic Black.

“Every capsule wardrobe needs a pair of chic trainers, and a pair of Startas is the ideal choice for the stylish, eco-conscious shopper,” says Jelena Micunovic, Managing Director of Startas + Co.

“We may be the newcomer on the market but no other brand can match our ethical credentials without compromising on style and affordability.”

Survive the festival season with Neal’s Yard Remedies kit

The kit contains items to cleanse, hydrate and moisturise skin

The kit contains items to cleanse, hydrate and moisturise skin

Neal’s Yard Remedies is prepared for the summer festival season with a limited edition collection of skincare products.

The Festival Favourites Kit (£22.50) includes Organic Facial Wipes with aloe vera, multi-purpose Wild Rose Beauty Balm that can be used to cleanse, moisturise and repair festival-weary skin, and cooling and hydrating White Tea Facial Mist and Beauty Sleep Concentrate with narcissus tazetta bulb extract.

The kit available is exclusively in Neal’s Yard Remedies stores from July 14th to August 8th.

Neal’s Yard Remedies releases organic suncare range

The new range from Neal's Yard Remedies uses mineral filters

The new range from Neal’s Yard Remedies uses mineral filters

Neal’s Yard Remedies has launched a new organic suncare range, offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB water-resistant protection from naturally derived ingredients combined with organic shea butter, beeswax and oils of karanja and baobab to nourish and moisturise the face and body.

The range comprises Wild Rose Moisturising SPF 30 (£25), Lemongrass Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 15 and 30 (£8.50/£20) and Lemongrass Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50 (£20).

Green People adds tasty haircare to range

Green People's Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner is designed to make hair shiny and manageable

Green People’s Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner is designed to make hair shiny and manageable

Green People has added the tasty-sounding Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner to its range of natural haircare products.

The conditioning properties of quinoa makes hair softer, more manageable and easier to style, while its eight essential amino acids penetrate each hair shaft to protect it. Artichoke leaf extract also works ‘as a protective shield to the cuticles’ to flatten and smooth the hair, as well as protecting against damage from UV radiation exposure in sunlight.

Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner (£9.95/100ml and £14.95/200ml) is vegan and contains organic ingredients.


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