Emma and Sophie both have Fashion design degrees and work full time as greeting cards publishers. While they are not bringing joy and sparkle that way, they bring it in another!
On evenings and weekends they work hard creating Organic, Fair Trade and gender neutral baby clothes! We think Moon Child are a good example of how so many ethical small businesses function: friendship and passion backed up with of the dedication and handwork!
Flaya make vegan perfume: they are a female lead, vegan, small family business run by mum and two daughters.
Launching in June 2017, these former health shop owners have created Vegan Society and Nature Watch certified perfumes that are selling like… very aromatic hot cakes!
Their minimalist, classy style with a twist of something rebellious, backed up with genuine quality and deep rooted ethical principles, makes them fit right in with today’s vegan scene! Here’s what they’ve got to say…
Anna & Mo, from cleanandnatural.co.uk, began their ethical journey during a distressing time for their family. Their middle child had severe eczema and reacted badly to the conventional, petrochemical based treatment. Following a tip from a friend, they discovered that Shea Butter was the soothing solution they needed: two years on and both their family and their business have blossomed!
Meet Mesquitta, a young and dynamic woman on a fascinating journey. Her business, Vegan Beauty Cosmetics, sells gorgeous glitzy handmade vegan nail polish and cosmetics. But Effiena’s story is an interesting one: she became aware of veganism through her business, rather than starting the business from a vegan perspective. How great is that? Let’s find out more…
Family recipe, ethical and not-too-expensive: Goupie chocolates are a sweet revelation! I first tried them through my monthly Vegan Tuck Box, and was an instant convert! So, when I met Grace at The Great Yorkshire Vegan Fair, I was determined to feature Goupie on our Ethical Business: Ethical Life blog series. Here is what she had to say!
Plant faced clothing are a fab fashion company. They are part of a new generation of entrepreneurs where ethical is no longer an abstract ideal or a niche, but mainstream, practical and accessible. There’s no messing about with frilly floral grannie styles here: plant faced make stylish, youthful clothes… Ethically! Here’s what they have to say!
Meet Kim Searle, textile and jewellery super-woman! We met Kim at a vegan fair in Manchester and fell in love with her quirky, intelligent and beautifully made trinkets. Anna even has a “Badass Feminist Killjoy” floral banner on her desk! Kim will be attending lots of Vegan fairs in the coming months, and also runs workshops regularly!
So, Kim, how did you get into crafts and textiles?
I started making things to sell when I was about 16, I really loved making things but have always been a realist and knew that I couldn’t keep buying materials and that there were only so many things I could make for myself and friends.
The Afternoon Tea Co was started at the back end of 2016. I originally had a business called Betsy’s Living Vintage which included event styling, vintage prop hire and afternoon tea parties for hen dos. The business was a great success, running for two years. However, as I went vegan myself, I felt my business had to reflect this too. Due to a number of reasons, I decided to close Betsy’s and have a complete re-brand. The Afternoon Tea Co was born!