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9 ways to make your lifestyle more sustainable

Going green doesn’t have to break the bank. Meet the brands who are making ethical changes easy - and affordable

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22 August 2022
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rom ethically mined gemstones and impact investing to reducing plastic in our seas and shopping sustainable fashion, here’s how you can reduce your impact on the planet.

Buy non-tarnish jewellery you can wear forever

Tresor

Founded by 20-year-old Amani Zubair, who became Lord Alan Sugar’s business partner last year, Tresor is an ethical and independent British jewellery brand. On a mission to bring high-end jewellery to the market without a huge price tag, Tresor specialises in non-tarnish and water-safe products.

Its products are made with stainless steel, which is endlessly recyclable and arrives packaged in linen bags. The team at Tresor want to ensure its range is affordable for everyone, so all items from necklaces to rings are priced under £45. You can also customise your own pieces with personalised charms or special engravings.

Shop now to get 15% off with discount code NEWBIE at shoptresor.co.uk. Offer valid until 1 October 2022.

Shop from an ethical jewellery brand

London DE

London DE, a bespoke jeweller based in the heart of London’s Hatton Garden, has been providing customers with unique pieces for eight years. Specialising in Colombian emeralds, the company operates its own subsidiary in Bogotá, Colombia, with experts including lapidaries and gemmologists who craft the stones to high standards.

Alongside emeralds, London DE also supplies many other gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and aquamarines, and can source whichever precious stones you desire from its trusted suppliers. With a transparent mine-to-market business model and as members of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the National Association of Jewellers, London DE can ensure its jewellery is responsibly and ethically produced.

Use code LDE10 on londonde.com for 10% off all its ready-to-wear jewellery. Offer valid until 30 September 2022. For bespoke enquiries, email [email protected]

Reduce your company’s plastic footprint via this app

CleanHub

CleanHub helps to responsibly dispose of ocean-bound plastic before it gets into the water — and has already saved more than 2m kg of plastic from that fate since 2020. Having devised a useful way to keep companies accountable, CleanHub helps brands calculate their plastic footprint before allowing them to choose how much plastic recovery they would like to support.

By recovering the exact weight of their plastic footprint, brands can then claim their products are plastic neutral. The CleanHub app allows those companies that have registered to track every step of the plastic recovery process, from collection, sorting and transportation.

In return, brands get access to a set of communications tools and content so they can share and celebrate their impact including a widget to use on their website and social media channels, as well as a Trust Mark, which acts as a certification badge. Find out more at cleanhub.com.

A tranquil night’s sleep with sustainable luxury bedding 

Luff

High quality sleep is key to our health and wellbeing. That’s why British sleep experts Luff have crafted comfortable pillows, bamboo silk bedding and mattress toppers to ensure you have a peaceful night’s sleep. Everything from Luff is lovingly made using sustainable bamboo, which has low water and land-use, as well as removing the threat from polluting pesticides.

Luff’s silky-smooth bamboo is also naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic so Luff’s pillow covers can help promote beautiful skin. To reduce waste, Luff’s range has been made to last thanks to its CloudTec® memory-foam filling and Nanoweave® fabric, meaning your pillow will be around in years to come, saving you money and the planet.

Enjoy 25% off everything at luffsleep.com using discount code GREEN25. Offer valid until 31 December 2022.

Wear sustainable fashion and support global charities

Boutique Kaotique

By bringing artists and not-for-profit organisations together through the collaboration of quality fashion, retailer Boutique Kaotique’s (BoKa) promises to give a percentage of its profits to charities helping global emergencies one purchase at a time.

This profit-sharing model ensures a portion of each transaction made on the website is shared with the artist and the charity of choice, from Greenpeace to the RSPCA, and Impact Lebanon to Samaritans. Alongside its charitable endeavours, BoKa is committed to using an ethical supply chain. All designs — which include T-shirts, hoodies, long-sleeved tops and sweatpants — are printed on organic ring-spun combed cotton through its made-to-order model, ensuring there’s no waste and that these clothes don’t end up in landfill.

Enjoy 10% off first order with code MyFirstBoKa10 online at boutiquekaotique.com. Offer valid until 31 December 2022.

Support real environmental change with ethical investing

Ethex and Energise Africa

Extraordinary grassroots organisations across the UK and emerging economies are making a difference with meaningful climate action across several sectors such as clean energy, sustainable transport and housing, and climate-smart agriculture.

But these organisations can’t help make meaningful changes without a community of impact investors — and that’s where Ethex and Energise Africa come in. These two platforms are making change happen by helping individuals invest in innovative ways, as well as boosting investment from foundations and governments. The platforms are supported by pioneering organisations such as UK aid, Good Energies Foundation, Postcode Innovation Trust and MCS Charitable Foundation helping to de-risk investments and encourage more retail investors to get involved.

Both platforms have raised more than £135 million from a community of over 25,000 people motivated to create an environmental, social and financial impact with their money*. Visit energiseafrica.com and ethex.org.uk to learn more.

*When investing through Ethex or Energise Africa, capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed.

Greener choices with environmentally-friendly cat litter

Felight

Did you know two million tonnes of used cat litter are thrown away every year in the UK? In the effort to reduce your cat’s carbon footprint, Felight has manufactured a one-of-a-kind cat litter that’s made with 100% recycled materials.

Felight Eco Cat Litter is produced by combining a mix of FSC certified sawdust and re-purposed minerals of recycled concrete and gypsum, all of which are waste by-product from other manufacturing processes. While giving these materials a second life, this cat litter also offers a more sustainable solution than many traditional cat litters, which take directly from natural resources or are made with synthetic compounds.

Felight Eco also uses Antibacterial SilverFresh Technology, which controls odour for up to 10 days. Plus, it comes in 100% recyclable packaging. Felight Eco Cat Litter is now available online at Pets At Home and in selected Sainsbury’s stores.

Cook in an eco-friendly way with an efficient stove

BURN

BURN Stoves has created a range of cookstoves offering benefits for people, forests and the climate. The company can provide one of the highest returns of any carbon credit investment, generating permanent and quick carbon emission reductions.

As one of the world’s largest cookstove companies, BURN manufactures over 200,000 super fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves per month in its facility in Kenya. BURN developed the ECOA Woodstove, a fuel-efficient, natural-draft wood cookstove that can reduce both wood consumption and emissions by 71%.

Alongside its carbon financing partners, BURN intends to bring the ECOA Woodstove to people and families across the continent. Visit burnstoves.com.

Build sustainably with eco-friendly architecture

U-Build

Featured on Grand Designs, U-Build is a London-based sustainable building company, created and developed by award-winning architects Studio Bark. Aiming to transform the way people think about buildings and how they’re built, U-Build simplifies the construction process, encouraging individuals and communities to self-build.

In alignment with its ethos, the company uses sustainable, local and reusable non-toxic materials with the focus on great quality and long-lasting builds. U-Build produces and sells an array of flatpack items, from garden studios (with more than 11 templates to choose from) to tiny houses, which can be attached and fitted to trailers. It also creates and sells bespoke furniture, such as storage boxes and workspaces.

Visit u-build.org/our-designsfor more information and get a free first consultation with code U-HOO! Offer valid until 31 December 2022.

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