Ethical gifting are very lucky and proud to have such wonderful suppliers on board and they have been carefully chosen because they are mostly small businesses based in the U.K making natural products that we love. Our suppliers have an interest in sourcing and making products responsibly. We will tell you a little about how they started, their beliefs and their values.
Every supplier has their own journey, we hope you enjoy reading their stories.
Choc Affair started in 2006 in Linda’s kitchen. The company has since grown, making hand crafted chocolate whilst making sure they take care of the environment. Their chocolate is made from sustainably grown cocoa and their ingredients are completely free from palm oil.
The dark chocolate bars which are included in our Ethical gift boxes are from Choc Affairs Origin collection. Each bar has been chosen by Choc Affair for its distinctive and unique flavour profile. Choc Affair uses FSC certified cardboard with 75% of their packaging being re-cycleable and they aim to improve on this further.
Choc Affair are passionate about providing employment to those who may struggle to find work experience and they do this through a scheme called ‘Inclusive employment initiative. This scheme involves working with York based organisations that aim to help individuals who find accessing employment challenging. Choc affair have invested in a small township in Uganda offering sponsorship for education and medical needs. Choc Affair also support projects in regions of Columbia providing opportunities for the farmers and their communities and helping to create positive change
Soap Folk use traditional soap making techniques to make their nourishing soaps. They use certified Organic ingredients for their soaps and organic essential oils which are chosen for their skin benefits. The natural ingredients they use are sourced sustainably, farmed without use of herbicides and GM ingredients and in ways which protect wildlife and biodiversity. Soap Folk are certified by The Soil Association which means that their ingredients are from other certified suppliers, processors and growers. Soap Folk choose the cold process soap making technique which means they can reduce the energy and water they need. Soap Folk avoid waste product by producing small batches and soap scraps are turned into samples. Soap Folk design their packaging to ensure they meet the COSMOS packaging standards. They use FCS certified paper wraps which extend the shelf life of the soaps and allow the soaps to breathe. Soap folk’s soaps are biodegradable, the lather that goes into the drain and out to sea causes minimal impact to the water and aquatic life.
The Salt Parlour
Their ethos is to provide natural, vegan, cruelty free and earth friendly products which give us healthy glowing skin without harming our planet. Salt parlour are passionate about packaging their products as plastic free as possible. Their scrubs come in beautiful tins which can be reused and upcycled. None of their products have been or ever will be tested on animals. All their salt scrubs are free from nasties so, they have no microbeads, parabens, palm oil or petroleum. Salt parlour use natural salts, minerals and cold pressed essential oils to give you a truly luxurious scrub experience.
Joe’s Tea Company was born in 2012 and since then his organic blends have won 25 Taste Awards. Joe sources his tea from small organic tea plantations in Sri Lanka this is because his tea is brewed with 100% Organic Ceylon loose tea leaves which means his tea is outstanding, pure and fresh with flavour.
Joe’s partner farmers have exceptional knowledge in effective, non-toxic biological pest and disease control, this a balanced and healthy eco system. Joe’s Tea Company hold, a Soil Association Certificate which ensures that no pesticides are used in the production of their teas. Joe believes in reducing impact on the environment so all their tea is shipped by sea and recycled materials are used wherever possible.
Joe’s Tea Company also invests in Education, training and projects to increase production in farming and processing, over 35 projects have now been implemented.
EarthPositive have been certified with the Global Organic Textile Standard (G. O. T. S.) which means farmers and field workers are protected by stringent social criteria and by the ban on the use of poisonous chemicals. They have also been awarded with the Soil Association Award which guarantees that EarthPositive’s cottons garments are organically produced. EarthPositive have also chosen to work in regions where organic Cotton is planted and harvested by hand so they do not use petroleum based chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Earthpositive apparel is in warehouses and offices in London which use only renewable green electricity. EarthPositive apparel is certified by Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, Class 1. EarthPositive have also had independent audits by the non-profit organisation Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), this exists to promote fair labour conditions in the textile industry world-wide. EarthPositive apparel is packaged in biodegradable PVC- free packaging. Earth-Positive do not transport their apparel by air instead they use containerised ocean shipping. The primary energy source for EarthPositive is thirty massive wind turbines that generate a continuous
Edinburgh Skincare Company
It all began with an ambition by a young family sat around a kitchen table in East Lothian, Scotland around 10 years ago.
They wanted to make a 100% natural skincare range that would suit all skin types and only use the purest of ingredients. The key was about providing people with quality, efficacy, and value for money without harming the earth. They knew they wanted to be sustainable, responsible, and keep to all-natural ingredients. The Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company has been guided by a single principle: you are at your most beautiful when you take the very best care of yourself.
All products are 100% natural with no petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) present in any of their products.