Co-founder of ethical.market, Raquel is on a mission to live a more sustainable lifestyle

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 kindness.org 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



SEE MORE HERE

Tuesday, 5 December 2017




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

FOR HER

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


FOR HIM

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


FOR KIDS

Personalised Child's Apron - BUY NOW

Personalised Child's Rugby Top - BUY NOW

Personalised Baby/Toddler Onesie - BUY NOW

Personalised Kids Pyjamas - BUY NOW



SEE THE ETHICAL XMAS GIFT GUIDE HERE

Friday, 1 December 2017

I have picked out my top 5 Christmas cards for a pun-tastic festive way to wish someone a Happy Christmas! From Muscle Sprouts to Elfis, take a look at these ethically made fab finds...

Fairly Made

Fairly Made // Eco-inks

Fairly Made // Hand Printed // Sustainable

Fairly Made

Fairly Made // Eco-inks


Shop the full collection of original and ethically made Christmas Cards here

Friday, 24 November 2017




As many of you know I'm the co-founder of ethical.market. Back when we first launched we made a pact to always try to go against the grain creating a business that makes a real difference. So on Black Friday instead of unnecessary discounts we donate 100% of profits from the day to charity. 

For two years running, we have supported Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity brightening the lives of seriously and terminally ill children. Helping over 500,000 children every year who are hospitalised, Starlight provides fun entertainment, laughter and distraction to children in every children's hospital ward and hospice.

We took some time out to ask a few questions and learn more about how the charity started and their most memorable wish to date.

What does Starlight Children’s Foundation do? 

Starlight is a national charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

We have been working for over 30 years to support sick children and their families because we know the difference happiness and laughter can make during times when it feels like there’s not much to look forward to.

We do this through our extensive hospital entertainment and wish granting programmes which based on positive psychology and offer distraction at a time when young people and families are at their most vulnerable. 

How long has the charity been running and how did it start?

The charity was co-founded in 1986 by actress Emma Samms and her cousin Peter Samuelson.

When Emma was nine, her younger brother Jamie became sick with aplastic anaemia, at that time an incurable illness, and just a few months later he tragically lost his battle against the illness. This understandably had a devastating effect on Emma and her family.

Some years later, she visited a young boy in hospital called Sean, who was seriously ill with a brain tumour. He and Emma became great friends and one day as they were chatting Sean told Emma that his dream was to visit Disneyland. He was desperate to go, and Emma realised she could fundraise and make his dream come true.

Emma was deeply moved by the positive effect fulfilling Sean’s wish had on him and his family. It was then that the idea for Starlight was born; a charity that could help brighten the lives of other seriously and terminally ill children. 


How do you go about fulfilling wishes?

Each wish is the child’s wish and bespoke to them. Whatever they wish for, our team of Wish Granters work to fulfil. This can be anything from being a policeman for the day, having a Wendy House to meeting their favourite celebrity. Anyone can refer a child a child for a wish. 

How many children’s wishes have you fulfilled over the years? 

Since the charity was founded, we have granted over 10,000 wishes. This year we’ve granted 625 wishes and counting!

Are there any wishes that have particularly stuck in your mind?

All the wishes we grant are unique. One particular wish that stands out is a wish we granted a few years ago for Mohini who wished to meet Barack Obama who was then the President of the United States of America. Even though he may be one of the busiest men in the world, he still found time to grant Mohini’s wish in the Oval Office and gave her a big hug.



To find out more about Starlight's work visit


Friday, 17 November 2017

Today I'm sharing my top picks for Secret Santa, from office gifts like mugs and notebooks to cruelty free beauty like vegan lip balm and a gin&tonic hand cream. My selection of gifts will have something for everyone, even those Harry Potter and Pug Dog fans!

Check out my top 10 picks below or view the full collection here.

Huffle Pug Harry Potter Inspired Coaster
Fairly Made

Vege and Alcohol Eco Tote Bag
Fairly Made // Recycled // Eco-inks

Gin And Tonic Vegan & Organic Hand Cream
Fairly Made // Organic // Vegan // Cruelty Free

Cola Bottles Shower Gel
Fairly Made // Vegan // Cruelty Free

Reusable Sports Water Bottle
Fairly Made

Pick n' Mix Fruity Lip Balm Gift Set
Fairly Made // Organic // Vegan // Chemical Free // Cruelty Free 

The Cup of Christmas
Fairly Made

Luxury Beauty Gift Baubles
Fairly Made // Organic // Chemical Free // Cruelty Free 

A4 Northern Lights Notebook
Fairly Made // Sustainable 

You Are Amazing - Inspirational Mug
Fairly Made

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