Now that the pandemic has helped many of us change habits of a lifetime and become more mindful in countless ways, embracing and supporting our local communities like never before and choosing to care more than ever about the sound provenance of the products we buy. Let 2022 be the year our industry embraces sustainability with all our heart and soul! As we look ahead to Spring Fair it is great to see the sustainable ethos being strongly represented on the show floor. Here we look at the great fairtrade, organic, eco-friendly, handmade and locally sourced products you can look forward to seeing at the show, many of them made here in the UK for that all-important hallmark of British quality. The following companies are EXCLUSIVE to Spring Fair this February.
Annie Oak: Stand: 3E17
When travelling on their honeymoon, Jason and Kerry-Ann of Annie Oak noticed the amount of plastic that was collecting in the ocean and decided to create a beautiful brand that could make a difference. With every purchase, Annie Oak donates to charities worldwide to ensure what they do makes a difference to people, animals and our planet. Made from sustainable Recycled 925 Silver and Stainless Steel. Eco-friendly & Ethical business practices, Vegan Friendly, Cruelty Free and Single use Plastic Free.
Basket Basket: Stand: 2H02
Offering handmade ethically produced woven baskets, bags, handbags, sun hats and natural products for the home – environmentally friendly and stylish for everyday living. Classic French baskets and ethnic African bags, not just for the summer but also for use all year round. Handwoven from sustainable products in Madagascar and Morocco. We love these fabulous, on-trend plant pot covers.
Amaura: Stand: 4F78
Amaura London is an independent British luxury home fragrance brand launched in November 2020 during the lockdown. They are known for eco-friendly, sustainably made home fragrances, filled with mood-boosting scents made with essential oils to enhance your emotional wellbeing. The unique candle vessels are made from recycled metallics that are hand-spun using pure brass, pure copper and brushed stainless steel, which provides stunning accents in any home interior.All candles are hand-poured in the UK using sustainably sourced coconut and rapeseed wax and cotton braided lead-free wicks, which provides a slow, clean burn without harmful carbon or soot. No paraffin, parabens or animal testing.
Amica Accessories: Stand 4H52
Specialists in felt since 2004, Amica love designing and producing quintessential, fun and unique handmade, fair trade felt gifts and Christmas decorations. Made from 100% sheep’s wool, their items are not only plastic free but also biodegradable, making them the obvious choice for anyone wanting to introduce environmentally friendly products.
Arran Sense of Scotland: Stand 3T35
Discover their vibrant and evocative bath, body and home fragrance collections, proudly made on the Isle of Arran for over three decades, helping to support the local Scottish economy.
Artebene: Stand 3K34-L35
Artebene Organics napkins are entirely made of recycled tissue paper. They are produced without the use of bleaching agents and are therefore very environmentally-friendly and kind to the skin. Being made in Germany and awarded with the German eco-label Blauer Engel (“Blue Angel”), they make protecting the environment that little bit easier. What is more, their pretty designs look great on any dinner table. Artebene’s Pure Cards greeting card range comes entirely without plastic packaging. Instead of a plastic sleeve, card and envelope are held together by a light paper banderole. This stresses the card’s high quality and its beautiful finish.
Black Yak: Stand 2H35
Black Yak are proud to bring you high quality, handmade and fairtrade clothing and accessories together with an exceptional, friendly and personal service. Products are designed in Britain and Nepal and handmade in Kathmandu, the Kathmandu valley and local villages. The Black Yak ethos is to sell honestly and fairly, with products designed and produced with respect for our environment.
by Molly & Izzie: Stand: 3G21
by Molly&Izzie has grown over the last 6 years to become a brand well known for high quality design-led wish bracelets, jewellery and gifts. From their studio in the Cumbrian countryside the team of Wish Makers and Laser Engravers handmakes or finishes nearly all their products. Where possible the company uses locally sourced materials and supports other local small businesses. by Molly and Izzie is proud to have achieved their pledge to reduce plastic use by 50% by the end of 2021. Alongside the standard ranges of products they also offer an eco range which is fully recyclable and plastic free and all the wish bracelets and stretch bracelets are available ‘naked’ and plastic free on request.
Earth Squared: Stand: 3F25
Earth Squared is proud to be fabulous and fair trade! Creating fashion accessories with a focus on design, quality and value for money, Earth Squared is delighted to showcase their brand new Spring 22 collections at Spring Fair and can guarantee products will be IN STOCK and available for whenever required.
Crumble & Core: Stand 3R30
Crumble & Core is a British publishing house, based in East Sussex, offering an extensive collection of Hand Finished Greeting Cards, Sterling Silver Boxed Jewellery Cards, Boxed Candle & Cards, Stationery & Prints. All products are hand finished in-house using high quality British products. Crumble & Core incorporates compostable cellophane wrap for all their greeings cards, which are made using FSC certified boards. All their candles are produced in the UK, 100% natural plant wax from an ethical sustainable source.
Denby: Stand 8C46-D47
Established in 1809, Denby has been making pottery in the heart of the English countryside for over 200 years. Using its locally sourced clay, Denby has a rich heritage of creating tableware, cookware, serveware and home decor built up over many generations by skilled craftspeople. The stoneware is durable enough to allow for collections to be grown over time and beautiful enough to be mixed with existing ranges. The versatile ceramic pieces are a conscious interiors choice for a more sustainable lifestyle, both in the kitchen and around the home. New for Spring Fair, Denby Kiln is a beautifully uncomplicated ceramics range and a true celebration of British craftsmanship.
Divine Products: Stand: 4B44
Over recent years, Andrew Chadwick MD at Divine Distribution, along with his loyal team has worked hard at building an exceptional reputation in supplying gifting, beautiful ceramics, olive wood and accessories throughout the UK. Andrew says: “Our “Recycled Glass” collections have become more popular of over the years as consumers are looking at how they can help the enviroment. The amount of energy to melt recycled glass is considerably less than needed to melt raw materials.
Gibsons: Stand: 5F10-G11
Founded in 1919, Gibsons have been entertaining generations for almost a century and are proud of their rich, British heritage. Gibsons’ focus is on providing fun family pastimes for all ages which is achieved by using only the highest quality materials for their superb jigsaw puzzles and board games. Made in the UK and Europe, Gibsons puzzles are made using the thickest board on the market and they are planet-friendly, made from 100% recycled board and secured with tabs rather than shrink-wrap to reduce single-use plastic waste.
Good to Bee: Stand: 8B41
Good to Bee lets nature lead the way with their range of eco-friendly Organic Cotton Wax Food Wraps and Gifts in our unique and vibrant designs all handcrafted here in the UK. The last 18 months has really highlighted the need for planet friendly products especially when they promote food safety and can help save food waste too, issues that are top priority for Garden Centre and Cafe customers alike. Good to Bee has expanded further into our Eco Living range, including Un.Paper Towels, Cloth Wipes, Cosmetic Pads and Dish Cloths. All Organic cotton of course and handmade in house and here in the UK.