C&S: 10/21 Sustainable furniture and afternoon tea

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C&S: 10/21 Sustainable furniture and afternoon tea

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Welcome to Climate & Style, your monthly guide to mindful spending.

London folks — this one’s for you! I spent the past few weeks in the U.K. visiting my husband and had the best time checking out the local sustainable brands (and there was no shortage of choice). I’m so excited to share a few of my favorites with you guys today — keep reading to see what they are!

All you chocolate lovers out there, mark your calendars: Cocoa Runners is having their first in-person tasting event in over a year! They’ll be taking over Canopy Market (at Kings Cross) from October 15th to 17th — what sounds better than a chocolate takeover, right?! You’ll find some of the world’s best craft chocolate makers there, sharing their chocolates and their stories (and there’s no entry charge). Unfortunately, I won’t be around to make it to this one, but I did have the chance to meet their lovely founder, Spencer Hyman (who supplied me with abundant samples of their delicious chocolate).

As always, we’d love to hear from you: Reach out to say “hi” at style@climateandcapitalmedia.com or follow us on Instagram @climateandstyle.

In case you missed last month’s Climate & Style, you can find it here.

So dive in and have some fun. We’ll see you next month!

Jyotika Bindra
Editor, Climate & Capital Media

In the spotlight

SHOP

Know the Origin

Location: Angel Central Shopping Centre, 21 Parkfield St, London

If you live in the U.K., you need to bookmark this one. Know the Origin is your one-stop-shop for all things sustainable. They currently have a pop-up in Angel Islington which I went to, and if you happen to be in or around London it’s definitely worth a visit. They have everything you could think of — from activewear and skincare to kitchen goods and stationery. Their lineup includes 200 sustainable brands. Some of my favorites: Girlfriend Collective (activewear from recycled plastic bottles), Manzo Design (gorgeous, eco-friendly ceramics), and Daye (sustainable, cramp-soothing CBD tampons). In case you were curious if I bought anything — I got this organic cotton t-shirt from Thinking Mu and simple white bamboo socks from Thought. For those of you not in the U.K.: they do ship worldwide (next-day delivery in the U.K.) too! Photo: Know the Origin

SHOP KNOW THE ORIGIN

RECIPE

Vegan afternoon tea

What could be more quintessentially English than a nice cup of tea and some scones with clotted cream and jam? In keeping with the English theme for this edition, I found this great recipe for vegan scones from Wallflower Kitchen that I wanted to share with you guys. They go so well with a cup of Earl Grey — my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Definitely try this vegan clotted cream recipe that goes with the scones. It uses coconut cream instead of dairy, and if you’re a fan of coconut you’ll never go back to the dairy version. If you’re in the mood for a proper English afternoon tea, check out this guide for a fully vegan one! Photo: Wallflower Kitchen

CHECK OUT THE FULL RECIPE

SKINCARE

UpCircle Beauty

If you’re a coffee fanatic like me, you’ll love this one. UpCircle makes skincare from used coffee grounds, which they get from local cafes in London. The antioxidants in the coffee get stronger after it’s been brewed, making it even better than fresh grounds. I tried a bunch of their products while I was in the U.K., and am obsessed (they also make great gifts). One of my favorites is the coffee body scrub with peppermint — it’s exfoliating, rejuvenating, and super nourishing all at the same time. I also got their bamboo cotton buds (biodegradable and plastic-free!), and the hemp and cotton makeup remover pads. Their entire collection is available online, but if online shopping isn’t your thing, there’s a wide range of stockists that keep their stuff — you can find the one closest to you here. Photo: UpCircle Beauty

SHOP UPCIRCLE

HOME

Goldfinger

Location: Trellick Square, 13-15 Golborne Road, London

Goldfinger is a social enterprise that designs and creates the most beautiful sustainable furniture and home goods. Their bespoke furniture is absolutely gorgeous, made using sustainable materials, both virgin and reclaimed (check out what they did with Fat Macy’s and Gail’s Bakery).

If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind, elegant furniture, don’t miss their exclusive Goldfinger Ayrton Collection, which they are auctioning for London Craft Week 2021 (the auction went live this week, and will go on until October 7th — you can bid here if you’re interested!). This is the first in their circular design collection — it’s handcrafted from reclaimed teak donated by Imperial College London, combined with sustainably sourced douglas fir. The collection includes a desk, chair, side table and bench. Like everything else at Goldfinger, the collection tells a story. I especially love the subtle brass detailing on the pieces, which reminds you of the materials’ former life as lab benches at the university. If you’re around London on October 6th, they’re hosting a launch event that will include cocktails, canapes and a talk by purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker Katie Treggiden. Not one to miss!

And it’s all for a good cause too  — profits from the auction will help fund Goldfinger Academy, which is their teaching arm under which they run a number of programs. One of their many fantastic initiatives is an apprenticeship program primarily aimed at young local residents that are not in work or education, that teaches skills such as carpentry and craftsmanship.

Goldfinger also recently launched their sustainable design shop, which started with an online sustainable marketplace, and has now evolved into a physical store in London, which I was lucky enough to get a tour of (a big thank you to Leslie, Marie and Carl for showing me around!). Each product is carefully chosen — they feature over 200 products that are either handmade by their own artisans, or by independent makers and local brands who share their values. I bought this rose face and body soap (which smells absolutely divine) by La Eva for my mum and my husband’s mum and this adorable Adam mug by Studio Peover.

Last but definitely not least is their People’s Kitchen initiative. Since the pandemic hit last year, they began a meal delivery service for vulnerable and isolated people in the local community. (they’ve donated over 5,000 meals in the past year and a half). Photo: Goldfinger

SHOP GOLDFINGER

 

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Jyotika Bindra

Jyotika is a writer based in New Delhi. Prior to Climate & Capital Media, she was the fashion manager at her family’s bespoke fashion business, where in addition to her other responsibilities she worked on improving textile sourcing from local artisans to encourage grassroots production, as well as conducting sustainability workshops with employees regarding the eco-friendly disposal of fashion materials. Previously, she worked as a lab manager at a Harvard University Psychology Lab.