Mindful maker directory

It is a comfort to know that many people in the world are working hard to develop ethically and sustainably made products. The Mindful Maker directory aims to bring together a selection of these items and the amazing people behind them.

Accessories

reclaimed wood and acrylic necklace and ring

“The act of taking something considered scrap and making something new, beautiful and cherished by its owner is a very rewarding process.”

Amber Cooper-Green

Amber Cooper-Green

About

Amber Cooper-Green is a Nottingham based jewellery designer, interested in the investigation of materials and simplistic forms. Her main focus currently is the combination of wood, acrylic and metal. She uses reclaimed exotic hardwoods, copper/silver, acrylic and steel nails to create statement fashion accessories. Each article is individually hand crafted and holds a certain warmth, transpired through both the pieces tactility and earthy colour scheme, often interrupted by small explosions of colour. Lamination is the key process Amber uses to gain seamless transitions between wood and acrylic. It was this process and its material outcome that inspired her whole collection. Newer pieces are inspired by pebbles, both their shapes and her inadvertent attraction to hold them.

Sustainably made

All the wood and acrylic used in Amber’s work is reclaimed, redesigned and repurposed, from old furniture, floorboards and offcuts. The act of taking something considered scrap and making something new, beautiful and cherished by its owner is a very rewarding process. Not only is this transformation from waste to wearable art resourceful it’s also a mindset that is much needed in today’s throw away society.

Amber would love to share with you her wooden paddle necklace.

“I make leather goods all handmade and sourced from silver rated tanneries (audited by the leather working group).”

Lee Mattocks

Lee Mattocks

About

“I make leather goods all handmade and sourced from silver-rated tanneries (audited by the leather working group). All factory-free manufacture, no stitching and totally made by hand.” – Lee. Lee’s leather bags are built to last a lifetime with solid brass chrome plated hardware and chicago screws from our suppliers in Italy. Each bag is embossed in silver or gold with his ‘Handmade in Nottingham’ logo and should you ever have any problems or accidents they will happily repair it for you.

Sustainably made

Lee makes everything by hand and utilises computer aided manufacture to make this possible. He uses the latest cutting technology together with traditional craft skills to create an affordable product that’s made well and from quality materials. Lee’s leather box bags are made with quality leather sourced responsibly from an environmentally conscious tannery in the Netherlands. Lee Mattocks conducted research into leather at Nottingham Trent University to evaluate its use for fashion products. Find out more about the research that goes into Lee’s process here.

Lee Mattocks would love to share with you his Leather Box Bag in Bordeaux.

Sustainable made recycled leather bag from sustainable bags and fashion

“These bags are handmade from recycled leather offcuts that would normally be discarded by big company’s into landfill.”

Sustainable Bags and Fashion

Sustainable Bags and Fashion

About

Recycled handmade leather bags using recycled leather offcuts

Sustainably made

These bags are handmade from recycled leather offcuts that would normally be discarded by big company’s into landfill. Cleverly, Sustainable Bags and Fashion take these small pieces and turn them into a lovely unique bag. They also aim for zero waste and their packaging is both recycled and recyclable. With each sale Sustainable Bags and Fashion also donate to a plant-a-tree charity.

Sustainable Bags and Fashion would love to share with you their Ella Giraffe Red Recycled Leather Bag.

Clothing

Recycled cotton sweatshirt

“Our brand is rubbish ™️ We’re proud to admit it. We recycle rubbish and turn it into new clothing

Matt, Rubbish London

Rubbish London

About

All of Rubbish London’s clothing is made from 100% recycled materials. Matt –“Our brand is rubbish ™️ We’re proud to admit it. We recycle rubbish and turn it into new clothing.” They produce T-Shirts, Tanks, Sweatshirts & Hoodies made from 60% recycled organic cotton/40% recycled ocean plastic and Sweatshirts from 100% recycled cotton. Rubbish London are also an ethical brand and they only work with factories that pay their employees a living wage. Moreover, they are a non-profit so their profits are donated to various charities.

Sustainably made

Sustainability is in everything that Rubbish London does, from production of recycled materials, recycled packaging, eco printing & the welfare of everyone involved in their supply chain. By recycling from waste they are helping to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry and by eliminating the need to grow natural materials like cotton our production saves huge amounts of water, energy, labor, chemicals and Co2 emissions vs sustainable options like organic cotton. They also want to protect our oceans so all of their sweatshirts & Hoodies come with a free guppy bag to catch micro plastic that may escape during the wash which would otherwise end up in our waterways and ultimately the sea.

Rubbish London would love to share with you their Recycled Sweatshirt.

sustainable and ethical printed thirt

“I want this brand to inspire people to embrace their abnormality and be proud to be different and I want to do that with sustainably and ethically produced clothing that is better for people and the planet.”

Fraser Searle, NNEE

Nothing Normal Everything Extra

About

Nothing Normal Everything Extra is a sustainable and ethical streetwear brand. NNEE was built in the pursuit of maintaining truth to one’s self, despite what criticism that may draw from society. They believe the beauty of an individual lies in their uniqueness and their differences to the norm – or what they call their ‘extra’. Fraser Searle- “Throughout my life I’ve found a need to conform to normality in order to progress as a young adult in life, be that through school, university or stepping out into the world of work. But I don’t want to be normal. Some of my fondest experiences in my life have been as a result of pursuing the abnormal. And I want other people to feel like they can pursue their abnormal too.

Sustainably made

All of the clothing that NNEE uses is certificated by a variety of globally recognised initiatives that ensure the production of the clothing meets strict environmental and social policies that enforce a more sustainable and ethical manufacturing process. Some of these include GOTS, WRAP, Amfori and FairWear.

NNEE would love to share with you their Wizard bizness top.

Ethically and sustainably made  dungarees

“Anything new such as elastic is plastic-free and thread made from recycled plastic bottles.”

Lyndsay, Little Rose Clothing

Little Rose Clothing

About

A sustainable kids clothing brand, repurposing second-hand and vintage fabric. All Little Rose designs are cut for cloth to accommodate reusable environmentally friendly nappies. A Reloved service is available where you can send in your own clothing and have it remade into something new for your kids to wear.

Sustainably made

Only using second-hand, vintage or deadstock fabrics, predominantly purchased from charity shops. Anything new such as elastic is plastic-free and thread made from recycled plastic bottles.

Little Rose Clothing would love to share with you their Adult Dungarees.

Upcycled personalised denim jacket- sustainable handmade clothing

“Every item Caro produces is partly or wholly made from pre-loved materials; most of these are obtained from charity shops so that part of her outgoings go to a good cause.”

Remade by Caro

Remade by Caro

About

One off and limited runs of up-cycled clothes and accessories. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Remake. Caro Marshall makes and remakes clothes and accessories from pre-loved and vintage materials, sourced from charity and vintage shops, jumble sales, family, and friends. As a result, most of these items are one-offs or limited in number. Her work includes machine and hand stitching, applique, and free motion embroidery. The up-cycled denim jackets can be personalised or you can request something similar in a different size – of course, it won’t be identical but that’s the joy of up-cycled clothes. Caro enjoys working with customers to give them something they really want, rather than having to settle for what’s available. Jackets for children are great fun to decorate and personalise – bespoke jackets are available on request, or she can add a name or an initial to many of the jackets available in her shop.

Sustainably made

Every item Caro produces is partly or wholly made from pre-loved materials; most of these are obtained from charity shops so that part of her outgoings go to a good cause. Where she includes new materials, for example lining a bag or decorating a jacket, most of these are remnants, roll ends or scraps bought from local businesses. When making the products, Caro does her best to minimise waste and use small scraps for applique.

Remade by Caro would love to share with you their remade jackets.

“Suzie is a self-taught designer and dressmaker who is passionate about combining her love for textiles with her ambition to make the fashion industry more responsible and ethical.”

Ford & Guy

Ford & Guy

About

Suzie Ford started Ford & Guy in 2020 to create joyful clothing and products that respect the environment and the people in it. She is a self-taught designer and dressmaker who is passionate about combining her love for textiles with her ambition to make the fashion industry more responsible and ethical. Her main aim is to increase access to and choice in responsible products. This is not to increase overall product consumption, but to change the way that we think about the fashion industry.

Suzie’s clothing designs pay attention to silhouette, drape, comfort and how pieces can be worn together. She loves to combine both modern and traditional silhouettes along with dyeing and stitching techniques from around the world including batik, shibori and pojagi.

Sustainably made

Suzie creates each piece in her workshop in Nottingham and she pays careful attention to where she sources her material from. She uses certified organic cottons, European linens and cellulosic fabrics to reduce the impact on the environment and support safe and fair working conditions for those constructing them. In addition to this, she works creatively to avoid the generation of waste. She does this by making her products either in small batches or to-order and she repurposes all remnant fabric. Small offcuts are incorporated into patchwork items and smaller products such as accessories.

Ford & Guy would love to share with you their Abstract Shapes Jumper in 100% Organic Cotton Velvet.

Ethically and sustainably made quilt jacket upcycled from a sleeping bag

“Buttons for Beans take materials that would have otherwise gone to landfill and gives them a new life as clothing.”

Buttons for Beans

Buttons for Beans

About

Buttons for Beans is ran by Cat, a mum of one who tries to be eco-friendly and do her bit for the planet. As such, she set up Buttons for Beans where she upcycles unwanted materials into clothing for little ones.

Sustainably made

Buttons for Beans take materials that would have otherwise gone to landfill and gives them a new life as clothing. In this process, they source more sustainable notions such as plastic-free elastic or salvage elastic, reuse buttons and use eco-friendly or reclaimed thread so as to take nothing out of the planet.

Buttons for Beans would love to share with you their Upcycled Quilt Blue Baby Jacket.

Stationery

sustainably made notebook

I make eco conscious + handmade notebooks and journals, which are hand painted, hand stitched and personalised on my vintage 1950’s Baby Hermes typewriter (her name is Dorothy).

Michaela- Blue Stiggy

Blue Stiggy

About

“Hi, I’m Michaela, I make eco conscious + handmade notebooks and journals, which are hand painted, hand stitched and personalised on my vintage 1950’s Baby Hermes typewriter (her name is Dorothy). Dorothy is my studio companion and she works very hard typing your personalised messages and quotes on to the covers.” –Michaela. All of Michaela’s books are individually hand painted and stitched by her and she makes each from recycled and eco-conscious materials.

Sustainably made

Michaela’s focus is on using recycled and eco conscious materials – her new collection is made from an innovative zero waste process that turns coffee cups in to beautiful paper that she uses for the covers. Michaela is also sure to use plastic-free packaging and tries to find uses for her offcuts to reduce waste within her business.

Michaela from Blue Stiggy would love to share with you her Pale Blue Hand painted – Lay Flat Journal with blank, dot grid or lined pages.

Sustainably made eco-friendly shopping list

“Over the past few years, Deborah has been working hard to not only create beautiful illustrated giftware, but create items that don’t harm our beautiful planet. “

Deborah Panesar

Deborah Panesar Illustrations

About

A graduate from Norwich University of Arts in 2010, Deborah went on to set up her illustrated stationery and giftware business in 2012 with the aid of the Prince’s Trust. Inspired by the natural wonders on earth, and above us in the skies, she loves to create illustrations that share magic and bring joy. Whether that’s as a card through the letterbox or as a beautifully wrapped gift that stands out amongst the crowd. Always intricate in detail, Deborah creates her artwork in fine mechanical pencil before translating the final designs into greetings cards, wrapping paper and other giftable pieces.

Sustainably made

Over the past few years, Deborah has been working hard to not only create beautiful illustrated giftware, but create items that don’t harm our beautiful planet. You will find that all her paper goods are printed on recycled materials and sourced within the UK to reduce their carbon footprint. Furthermore, her products come naked with no plastic sleeves! Deborah’s wrapping paper is especially special as it is printed with vegan inks, something she’s hoping to be able to do with her cards and other products.

Deborah would love to share with you her Eco shopping list pad.

Sustainably made greetings card

“Influenced by my two favourite things: films and TV, and animals/the great outdoors, I have developed a range of punny cards and beautiful art for your home.

Connor, MountainManDraws

MountainManDraws

About

MountainManDraws creates cards, prints and gifts featuring original illustrations. Connor- “Influenced by my two favourite things: films and TV, and animals/the great outdoors, I have developed a range of punny cards and beautiful art for your home.”

Sustainably made

As Connor designs, edits, prints and packages all of his own products, he has total creative control, and it allows him to print on demand. This means that he never needs to over-order, doesn’t need to keep mountains of stock, and has complete control over the ethics of the materials he uses. All of Connor’s cards are packaged naked (no plastic) and are printed and packaged with recycled materials. If a customer specifically requests, or if travelling overseas, he will use a compostable cello bag to protect the product. Connor is working towards making his line of prints fully sustainable too, with most of his work being printed and packaged with recycled or compostable materials (the exception being some prints that need a greater level of colour depth- “I am yet to find a fully recycled paper which can do this, but am working on it”).

Connor from MountainManDraws would love to share with you his Gandalf Greetings Card.

Homeware

“The only ‘waste’ product are the inevitable yarn ends from colour changes and casting on, however these yarn ends are the filling for our Zero Waste Pin Cushion.”

Knitluxe Studio

Knitluxe Studio

About

Luxurious knitted gifts, homeware and winter accessories for people who love colour. Knitluxe use the highest quality and ethically sourced Merino Lambswool to provide softness and comfort. Every piece is designed and created on a hand operated vintage knitting machine by Szilvia in her home studio.

Sustainably made

Szilvia’s practice is Zero Waste. Every piece is calculated, knitted to shape and linked together. The only ‘waste’ product are the inevitable yarn ends from colour changes and casting on, however these yarn ends are the filling for our Zero Waste Pin Cushion. All of the packaging and marketing materials are recyclable and can be reused as well.

Knitluxe Studio would love to share with you their mindful lavender gift sets.

sustainably made cushions from textile waste

“I try to have as little impact on the planet as possible. My core aim is to be zero-waste.”

Jacqui, Cutting Floor Cushions

Cutting Floor Cushions

About

Cutting Floor Cushions make eco-friendly cushion inners, filled with pre-consumer fabric offcuts and fibres discarded by fashion and interiors manufacturers. They also make cushion covers from remnant and deadstock fabrics, or sustainably sourced and certified fabrics! Jacqui-“This all came about whilst teaching myself to sew to pass the time during lockdown, and wondering if there was something useful that could be done with the offcuts of my own little projects, rather than throwing them in the bin. I started thinking about how this must be a much wider problem during the production of clothes, textiles etc. and started looking into it. This line of interest led me down the path towards Cutting Floor Cushions!”

Sustainably made

Cutting Floor Cushions incorporates sustainability from start to finish – from the way they source and cut their fabrics, to how they package and post them out. Jacqui – ” I try to have as little impact on the planet as possible. My core aim is to be zero-waste. I use my own offcuts in other products like draught excluders, and make sure I cut fabrics using zero-waste design, which leads them to be non-standard sizes at times, but that’s the benefit of making my own inners as it doesn’t matter!”

Cutting Floor Cushions would love to share with you their Recycled Cushion Inserts.

Vegan soy wax candles

“Unlike paraffin which derives from crude oil, soy is a bean (soybean) that is grown sustainably and replanted after harvest, meaning it is a renewable resource.”

Alight Candle Company

Alight Candle Company

About

Alight Candle Company produce a range of handmade scented soy wax candles and melts, inspired by nature and hand poured in small batches in their Nottingham studio. Paul- “We are a small, ethical family business and we’re passionate about our products.”

Sustainably made

Alight Candle Company use natural soy wax to make their candles and melts instead of other alternatives like paraffin wax. They do this because, unlike paraffin which derives from crude oil, soy is a bean (soybean) that is grown sustainably and replanted after harvest, meaning it is a renewable resource. Alight Candle Company only use soy that is sourced from the European Union where there are strict rules for the use of pesticides; no genetically modified seeds are permitted for soyabeans and there is compliance with EU-wide and international regulations on labour and human rights.

Alight Candle Company would love to share with you their Signature Collection Soy Candles.

Sustainable and local products

“Myrtle Lifestyle are a mother and daughter duo that share the idea of bringing our passion for a considered and sustainable lifestyle to our local community and hopefully beyond. “

Myrtle Lifestyle

Myrtle Lifestyle

About

Myrtle Lifestyle are a mother and daughter duo that share the idea of bringing our passion for a considered and sustainable lifestyle to our local community and hopefully beyond. Together, they have carefully curated a selection of products that combine local and sustainable production with design and style, ranging from ceramics to salt soap.

Sustainably made

Sustainability is Myrtle Lifestyle’s top priority and is the core ethos of the brand. The ‘Dreaming of Tulips Mug’ is one of Myrtle Lifestyle’s favourite pieces, and is a beautiful hand-thrown ceramic with a gorgeous textural surface that elevates it from the everyday essential.

Myrtle Lifestyle would love to share with you the Dreaming of Tulips Mug.

upcysustainable handmade upcycled cushions

“No material is bought new to make these products.”

KnittingUpward

KnittingUpward

About

Sustainable upcycled hand knitted cushions and interior accessories with a love for colour and pattern. KnittingUpward source all their materials second hand, usually from charity shops. This means that each piece is giving something back in its creation as well as upcycling unwanted fabric and yarn. Each cushion is handknitted and hand sewn; the knitted front paired with a fabric backing that beautifully compliments the knit. They come with their own pad, in either feather or upcycled fabric waste inner. The covers are removable and machine washable.

Sustainably made

KnittingUpward only use unwanted or discarded materials to create, by hand, a new and beautiful long-lasting product. Moreover, they use all their scrap fabric to create rag wreaths and collect all yarn ends to create further knitted pieces. No material is bought new to make these products.

KnittingUpwards would love to share with you their Upcycled Vintage Fabric Cushion.

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