Organic? fair trade? Vegan? Shopping for everyday items in a way that’s kind to people and planet can be a minefield.
Introducing our ethically-sourced range, Sourced by Oxfam, which can help you tackle the war on plastic and have a more sustainable lifestyle.
1. Save turtles with a tote
An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of single use plastic ends up in our oceans every year. We might not use plastic bags as much as we used to, but it’s still easy to accumulate loads of them at home. Instead, grab a few reusable bags you’ll love so much you never hit the shops without one.
This turtletastic tote has been designed by Arthouse Unlimited – a social enterprise that supports artists living with learning and physical difficulties in Surrey.
You can get your fins on one for £7.99 on our online shop
2. Say it with a sari
When it comes to upcycling, it’s amazing what a sari can be turned in to – and the people it can support. From earrings and bags to bunting and throws – each product is unique and they make very special gifts. All have been sourced from India through suppliers who work with disadvantaged communities – providing people with valuable skills, work and healthcare.
Browse the collection.
3. Create less waste with cool cups
The average lifespan of a single-use coffee cup is 13 minutes. And as they usually have a plastic coating, they’re rarely recyclable. So reusable takeaway cups have arrived and are here to stay. We’re stocked up with loads of different designs to suit every single style – including this one featuring one of William Morris’ designs.
4. Do good with a Dopper
Dopper bottles are on a social mission. They want us all to fill up their bottles with tap water instead of buying single-use plastic bottles, destined for our oceans. The ones in our range are especially great for drinking on the go or taking to picnics, with a built in removeable cup as well as a screw top lid. And to help rectify some of the plastic damage already done – Dopper donates 5% of its turnover to the Dopper Foundation to reduce plastic pollution and provide clean water where people need it most. Buy yours here.
5. Bee cling film free
Plastic can be hard to avoid. When creators Carly and Fran started trying to live as plastic free as possible, the one item they struggled to replace was cling film. So with a bit of trial and error, these reusable and beautiful beeswax wraps were created using just organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and pine resin. They’ll keep your bread, cheese or sandwiches really fresh – sealed with the heat of your hands. A genius and natural solution. And available to buy from our online shop.
6. Give up plastic with Greenpeace
It’s estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight), so this accessible guide couldn’t be timelier. Will McCallum – head of Oceans at Greenpeace and on the front line of humanity’s global fight against plastic – gives us loads of suggestions for small changes we can do to make a big difference. Get your copy from Oxfam Online Shop.
7. Beat poverty with bamboo
Want to avoid plastic Tupperware? These lunchboxes are made from biodegradable, sustainable bamboo. Its naturally anti-microbial so stops germs in their tracks – making these pretty lunch boxes perfect for keeping your food fresh. Available online for £9.99
And as always, everything you buy with us funds our poverty-beating work around the world. Discover our whole sustainable Sourced By Oxfam range