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Monday, 19 March 2018

Agriculture thriving in a rather unexpected place, this hospital in the US have built a farm on their building rooftop to feed patients, staff and the community.

The farm is estimated to produce 7000kg of food this year alone. It is an enterprise that I wish more organisations could get behind, wouldn't it be great if more buildings aimed to do the same to help their communities?

See the full story in the video below via World Economic Forum

Monday, 12 March 2018

(image source Deliciously Ella)

If you are trying to make sustainable lifestyle changes in 2018, then #MeatFreeMonday is a good intro to vegan/veggie eating that you can easily include into your weekly routine.

What better for this time of year than this warming soup from Deliciously Ella's Facebook page.

See the full post here

Sunday, 4 March 2018

You probably won't get a chance to forget, what with all the banners in shop windows and adverts on the TV, but just in case you've somehow missed them it's Mother's Day on Sunday 11th March.

It's always hard finding the perfect gift so I have done the hard graft and sourced ethically made gifts to let your mum know just how special she is!

Handmade Personalised Family Tree Framed Wall Art

Our wonderfully stylish Handmade 3D wooden Family Tree has three separate layers choose from 4mm Cherry or Natural Oak. A gift that gives back, this is handmade by people who are either autistic, past retirement age or have encountered difficulties obtaining employment.

Mother's Day Prosecco Aromatherapy Pamper Gift

The Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free 'Prosecco Pamper Collection' contains a selection of natural bath and pamper goodies scented in our own unique blended Prosecco & Clementine fragrance. 

The set includes a mini bottle of natural bath oil which is made using 100% natural plant oils, two decadent bath truffles which are handmade and loaded with cocoa and shea butters for superior moisturisation. Finally the set is complete with a popular olive oil soap which retains all the natural glycerin to leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

Dark Purple Long Kimono Bamboo Dressing Gown

Made from sustainable Bamboo and digitally printed with AZO-free dyes this eco dressing gown is handmade and features invisible pockets, two side slits and kimono style sleeves.

Geranium And Lemongrass Candle In A Porcelain Geometric Pot

A beautiful geranium and lemongrass essential oils, natural soy wax candle, vegan friendly in a pink porcelain, Square Top, geometric pot. Hand poured and only made to order, the aroma is soft and flowery and has an uplifting effect on the mind. 

The pink porcelain, geometric pot has been handmade in the UK. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

As we say goodbye to February, I think it's fair to say we're in anticipation for beautiful Spring. In light of this, I have curated a collection of fashion, jewellery and homeware inspired by the environment that surrounds us with light Spring tones. From foliage to succulents this collection is inspired by the natural world, you can view the full collection here but below are a few of my favourites.

Agave Geometry Vegan Leather Purse
fairly made // vegan // handmade // eco-inks

Leaf Print Eco-friendly Socks For Women
fairly made // chemical free // eco-inks

Fairmined Sterling Silver Leaf Earrings
fairly made // handmade

Bumbling Bee Print Purse And Makeup Bag
fairly made // organic // handmade

Personalised Bee Pendant Necklace in Recycled Silver or 9ct Yellow Gold
fairly made // recycled // handmade

Monday, 19 February 2018

We are all aware of plastic pollution, we know we need to cut down on its usage and we need to invest in finding alternatives. But it's only when you see footage like the video below via BBC Earth that you really get a sense of how bad things are. The video is of turtles on Christmas Island having to battle a wall of debris to reach the ocean.

It's a shocking sight, but one that should be shared wide because it really is time to stop and think about how we do things.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

As it's Wednesday, inspired by the movie Mean Girls (which I happened to watch again over the weekend), I decided to curate a mini collection of pink fashion ideas. Featuring hues of  hot-pink to pastels and rose we have tones to suit all tastes.

   Hot Pink Velvet Turban Headband
fairly made // handmade

Women's Rose Organic Cotton Geometric Reindeer T-shirt
fairly made // organic // eco-inks //sustainable

Dusty Pink Rose Women's Screen Printed Tights
fairly made // hand printed

Handwoven, Geometric, Merino Wool Scarf 
fairly made // handmade

And pink doesn't have to stop at fashion, I also found an array of natural and vegan beauty products that I had to share with you.

Vegan Nourishing Tinted Lip Gloss
fairly made // organic // vegan // cruelty free

Natural Pink Clay & Rose Face Mask
fairly made // handmade // vegan // cruelty free

Orange Blossom & Rose Organic And Natural Facial Wash
fairly made // organic // vegan // cruelty free

Monday, 5 February 2018

There is nothing I love more than coming across wonderful illustrators using their skills to create really unique cards and prints. So I have curated a collection of unique Valentine's Day cards, there's something for everyone, from the uber romantics to the Valentine's Day defeatists. You can see the full collection here but below are 5 of my favourites.

Ultra Fine Pen Funny Valentines Card Linocut
fairly made // hand printed

Let's Make Sexytime Greetings Card
fairly made // sustainable

Happy Sodding Valentines Day Card
fairly made // hand printed

British Bake Off Inspired Anniversary Card
fairly made // recycled // sustainable

Get Them In Your Bed! Valentine's Day Card
fairly made // recycled // sustainable

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Amongst all those negative social media newsfeeds and all the disappointing stories we see every day on the news, I love this little message from to restore our faith in people (tissues at the ready)...

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

I never get tired of watching this Battle of the Sexes win, Billie Jean King an absolute inspiration and monumental figure for female athletes. #TuesdayThoughts

Watch the clip below and hear from the role model herself, video courtesy of  Strong Opinions Loosely Held

Monday, 15 January 2018

Whether you're in the middle of Veganuary or you just enjoy taking part in Meat Free Monday every week, these Vegan Meatballs by So Vegan look absolutely delicious, a great bit of comfort food for #BlueMonday.

See the full recipe here and view the video below:

Friday, 8 December 2017

I love a bit of festive wear, but what I don't like are novelty jumpers you wear for one day before it falls apart and ends up in landfill.

So I have put together my top 5 ethical Christmas jumpers. They are sweatshop-free and made to last more than just a day. Featuring designs that you can wear throughout the festive winter season so you can really get some wear from your sweater.

Hoppy Christmas Organic Cotton Christmas Jumper - BUY NOW

Winner Winner Christmas Dinner Jumper - BUY NOW

Sleighin' It Organic Cotton Christmas Jumper - BUY NOW

I Ate All The Mince Pies Organic Cotton Christmas Jumper - BUY NOW

Who Gave Me Gin Last Night Christmas Sweater - BUY NOW


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

I have searched high and low to find you unique personalised gift ideas, all ethically made by independent brands.


Personalised Handmade Eco-Silver Bangle - BUY NOW

Personalised Eco Silver/Gold Bird Necklace - BUY NOW

Personalised Handmade Coco Ring - BUY NOW

Personalised Framed Map Print - BUY NOW


Custom Song Lyric LP Canvas Print - BUY NOW

Personalised Handmade Leather Camera Strap - BUY NOW

Personalised Man Cave Cushion - BUY NOW

Personalised Leather Card Holder - BUY NOW


Personalised Child's Apron - BUY NOW

Personalised Child's Rugby Top - BUY NOW

Personalised Baby/Toddler Onesie - BUY NOW

Personalised Kids Pyjamas - BUY NOW


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