The Green Providers Directory is the UK's leading resource for finding eco-friendly, fair trade, organic and ethical goods and services. All the companies listed in our green directory have been vetted so that you can be sure of their eco-friendly credentials. Our directory is free and easy to use - providing everything you need for ethical and sustainable living under one roof!
We list fair trade baby & children products, fair trade clothing, eco-friendly bags, green cleaning products, energy saving devices, natural health & beauty products, fair trade furniture, recycled stationery, fair trade jewellery, organic t-shirts, renewable energy suppliers, and much more.
We also provide tips on how to live more sustainably and save money. Founded in 2005 by Dr. Gary Robertshaw, we are listed in The Guardian and Channel 4's
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Organic health & beauty products do not contain harmful chemicals or pesticides. All the companies listed in our directory follow organic principles, offering everything from natural skincare products, shampoos, organic soaps and toiletries to bath salts and herbs.
Did you know? The skin is very permeable and most of the lotions you apply end up inside your body! This can include toxins and chemicals which are potentially harmful in the longer-term. Many people are also allergic to the chemicals found in High Street cosmetic products.
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Conscious Skincare are passionate about making truly organic handmade skincare products from their rural retreat in West Wales. Their award winning range includes the highest quality organic face and body products, luxurious gift sets, and specialised items suitable for Hotel or Spa use. All ingredients serve a useful purpose, none are added for colour, fragrance, filling or bleaching. They are also constantly mindful of the environment, selecting recycled or recyclable materials such as glass, aluminium and paper for all their packaging. Conscious Skincare - beautiful items, lovingly packaged with a clean conscience. Visit www.conscious-skincare.com for more information.
What is fair trade? Fair trade is a social movement aimed at reducing poverty and exploitation by guaranteeing producers a price for their goods which never falls below the cost of production. All the companies listed in our directory follow fair trade principles. More than 7 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from Fairtrade - farmers, farm workers, and their families.
Did you know? Twenty percent of the world's population live on less than $1 a day!
"A bite of fair trade chocolate means a lot to farmers in the South. It opens the doors to development and gives children access to healthcare, education, and a decent standard of living." -- K. Ohemeng-Tinyase, Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative, Ghana
| || ||Fair trade clothing is both fashionable and ethical! Made with organic cotton by workers who are paid and treatly fairly. In contrast, much mass-produced department store clothing is made in sweatshops, where the workers have few rights. Some companies outsource production to third world countries because they can pay employees much less then they would have to pay for domestic labour. Often child labour is used to cut production costs.|
Fair trade, organic t-shirts Did you know that conventionally grown cotton is the second most pesticide-laden crop in the world? It takes approximately 150g of chemicals to grow enough cotton to make just one t-shirt! Choose an ethically produced, trendy t-shirt instead.
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"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - Robert F. Kennedy
|Fair trade bags Perfect for shopping, the beach or picnic, or as a fashion accessory, fair trade bags are becoming ever more popular. Fair trade certified cotton bags are for life. They're sustainable and reusable and represent a stand against throwaway "carrier bag society".
Freeset is a leading supplier of fair trade and ethical bags. Using recycled and natural materials, each bag tells a story of a journey to freedom. Custom made bags are also available and can provide the perfect ethical solution for your organisation. www.freesetbags.co.uk
Did you know? Five trillion plastic bags are manufactured globally each year. It takes around 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down. In the process, toxic substances leak into the soil and enter the food chain. Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags (source: Say No To Plastic Bags).
Tropical rainforests took up to 100 million years to evolve and are believed to be the oldest and most complex land-based ecosystem on earth, containing over 30 million species of plants and animals. That's half of the Earth's wildlife and at least two-thirds of its plant species!
Some interesting facts: A typical four square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. Rainforests provide many important medicinal products, including those used in the treatment of cancer.
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Deforestation and the orang utan The Malay word orang-utan means "person of the forest" These long-haired, orange coloured primates are only found in Sumatra and Borneo. They are highly intelligent and close relatives in the evolutionary tree to humans. Orang-utans' spend the vast majority of their time in the trees of their tropical rain forest home, often sleeping in nests in these trees made from leafy branches. They have even been seen using large leaves as umbrellas to shelter from the rain! Sadly, much of their natural habitat is being cleared to make way for crops which eventually end up in a range of foods and products in our supermarkets.
Did you know? A baby's skin is five times thinner than an adult's, which means it is easier for harmful toxins to enter their bodies. Organic cotton is softer, more durable and safer for your baby to wear whilst being less likely to trigger allergies. See our eco baby & children section
Eco friendly toys Fun to play, entertaining and with an educational content for both babies and children. All the toys listed in our directory are made from sustainable sources and recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials.
"Now that I've got kids, it's become really important for me on the health front to try to buy as much organic produce as possible." - Jamie Oliver, UK celebrity chef, in BBC Good Food magazine
Saving money Sustainable living not only helps the planet, it helps your pockets too! Turn off that light and switch off the standby on your television. Recycling can also save you money. Instead of buying new items at inflated prices, why not look for second hand goods at a fraction of the price? It could save you a small fortune over the course of a year and also help the environment. See our mobile phone recycling section on how to recycle your old phone for cash.
Energy saving devices If everyone boiled only the water they needed, we could save enough electricity to run all the street lights in the UK! Plus, almost a billion pounds of electricity is wasted in the UK every year by people leaving appliances on standby!.
Buying electrical appliances? Look for products marked as Energy Saving Recommended. These must meet stringent low-energy standards set by an independent panel, so you'll be able to buy with confidence.
Population growth The number of people living on the planet is projected to rise to over 9 billion in 2050. Environmental stress, biodiversity loss, climate change and pressure on natural resources signal strongly that the world is already overpopulated. But human numbers are still exploding and many environmental campaign groups tend to overlook (or worse still ignore) the impact of population growth and climate change
Smaller families cut carbon emissions
"With 2.5bn people living on less than $2-a-day and with more than two billion people being added to the global population by 2050, it is clear that we must continue to develop and grow our economies. But this development cannot come at the expense of the very life support systems on land, in the oceans or in the atmosphere that sustain our economies, and thus, the lives of each and everyone of us." - Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Programme's (Unep) Green Economy Initiative.
||Fair trade, sustainable furniture Always choose wood from managed forests, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. FSC is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.|
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