Here is one-stop shopping in London that will satisfy the hearts and pockets of the most particular and design-minded. Almost forty UK designers-makers and small green companies have joined together to open a pop-up shop, for seven weeks only, with a very esoteric selection of fair trade, ethical, organic, and eco-friendly products. This well-chosen assortment of holiday delights will solve many shopping dilemmas this season ( except for what to buy my mother) without compromising on style or our conscience.
Given the surfeit of goodies, it is hard to know where to start. Couldn't resist the envelopes made out of old maps of Germany with stationery to match. And the cloth carrier bag and make-up case with pictures of hand bags screen-printed on them. The bicycles are electric from Germany and are quite light weight and silent running. And to keep you warm, hand knit scarves with applique and recycled old pieces of flannelette inserts for colour.
Have to mention the green tee-shirt with a picture of a tree and the word "hugger" on it. And pants to poverty--an organic fair trade underwear brand that is created by activists against poverty. There were some gorgeous pillows and home furnishings for every taste. Not to mention hemp shower curtains and towels for the bathroom. And lovely soaps and lotions.
We loved these felt christmas tree decorations, made in India. The felt elks which came in cardboard cases would look so cute on the tree too . And cards: a knitted heart on a recycled card with degradable wrap.
How can you forget to eat a vegetable a day with these crocheted pins: beets, broccoli, watermelon. All hand-made by unemployed women who are part of a jewellery making project in Lima Peru. All in all, if you are near London and trendy Notting Hill, worth a trip. our eco shop
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