Eco Friendly Christmas Shopping in Kent December 5, 2020 18:47 1 Comment
During these tumultuous times, it's exciting to see a growing demand for Eco Friendly Christmas Shopping in Kent and equally thrilling to see a growing community of shops, makers and brands all responding to the challenge.
To help navigate around this vibrant, sustainable scene, we've put together details of our favourite shopping destinations for the festive season. We are bound to miss someone or something obvious - so if you spot an opportunity to add to the list, please let us know! Add a comment, email us or get in touch via social media and we'll do our level best to keep this page up to date and full of useful info.
Eco Christmas Food Options with Wasted Kitchen
Wasted Kitchen take culinary creativity to a new level. Using surplus produce to make tasty treats & dishes, they get food that would otherwise be thrown back into the food chain, reducing waste & packaging in the process. Freezer filler options, weekly deliveries of delicious food, food gifts and goodie boxes are all part of the service. A great way to discover something truly flavoursome and unique.
Deck the halls with Paper Moon
I've just discovered Paper Moon and I've got an order in. How fab are these beautiful decorations? Owner Nicola also makes the most beautiful table confetti. Simple with for me, a slight scandi edge, elegant and exquisitely made - I just love them. I may have to keep them up throughout the year - not just for Christmas.
Increase your curb appeal with Blooming Green.
Cheer up front doors and porches with a beautiful wreath from Blooming Green. Available to purchase online, there is also an option to create your very own wreath with a fab new DIY kit. 'Click and collect' is available as are 'pick your own' gift vouchers for next Spring / Summer. Hmm, a flower plot buzzing with bees, butterflies with the sun on your back… Yes please :) Let's get back to those days!!
Upcycle that sideboard with TUTCO
The Upcycling Trading Company (Tutco). Tutco is a wonderful bricks and mortar shop in Folkestone Creative Quarter which also offers online shopping. Claire, the owner, is the most amazing interiors professional - reimagining old furniture into beautiful contemporary pieces. Her shop stocks a whole host of eco friendly paints and finishing touches that really make a home.
Claire also offers consultations for up cycling projects to make sure you get the exact look and finish you are after. So, upcycle that sideboard, revamp that old radiator and get things looking ship shape and gorgeous just in time for Christmas. A gift for you.
All wrapped up! Hannah & Her Press
Hannah & her Press make the most beautiful handmade linocut prints along with wrap, cards and tags for Christmas. One of Hannah's prints called Pattern of Growth (see pic!), proudly sits on my mantle piece at home and I can think of no better place for it. Beautiful work, beautiful woman. Check her out here.
New threads thanks to The Make Shed
Come on, get out of those joggers. It's time to get glam. And for me, no one does it in greater style than The Make Shed. I'm currently coveting their needlecord trousers (that burnt orange colour - LOVE IT!). I've also decided that come 2021, I'm stripping out my wardrobe, taking a load to the charity shop and intend to focus much more on buying fewer clothes, but better in terms of sustainability and quality. For me, that means a) thinking about what an item is made from b) who has made it and in what conditions c) where it has been made and how many air miles and d) longevity - how long I'll be able to enjoy it. Does this mean I'll be buying regularly? Absolutely not. I have a really small budget. But I'm determined to make much more informed choices about what I wear. To be in a position where clothing is not just a necessity, but a reflection of our thoughts, personal style and beliefs is a massive privilege in this world. And one I intend to honour.
Essential Reading - Cuttings, by Gardening for Disabled Trust
When it's too cold and wet to be out in the garden, I love nothing more than getting cosy and inspired for Spring that lies ahead. My favourite read of the moment is Cuttings.Bringing together ideas and wisdom from well known garden designers, celebrities and lesser known garden lovers, this book is a joy to read - it feels contemporary, practical and written with a spirit of community. Best still, proceeds from sales go to Gardening for Disabled Trust. Grab your copy here.
Something to look forward to for 2021… Monkshill Refectory
With views looking out to sea, yet situated on a rural working farm, the Monkshill Refectory is a pretty unique place. Light, airy with a really lovely atmosphere, it is home to Jane (of bake off fame) Beedle's cookery school. Jane runs private events, birthday brunches and celebrations along with open workshops for all different ages groups. She also makes the space available for lots of other independent businesses around Kent to run events and workshops. A whole host of courses are planned for 2021, with of course contingency plans in place should current restrictions prevail. But, for now, let's look up, plan for better times and enjoy that really special shared experience of learning something new with likeminded souls. Heaven.