At Sansaar I’ve carefully chosen suppliers that share the same ethos as me when it comes to using all natural ingredients, being eco-friendly and having ethical business principles. I want to share the reasons why I’ve chosen these suppliers so that you too can know the origin of the products you’re buying.
The main reason I love my suppliers is because a majority of them are UK based small businesses that hand make their products. Where products are sourced outside the UK, I ensure that the ingredients are 100% natural, or the materials are eco-friendly, and the business is ethical.
I love the rCups made from recycled coffee cups by A Short Walk. They’re perfectly designed for taking your coffee with you when you’re on the go. They have a leak proof lid which you can drink from anywhere out of, no more need to turn your cup round to find the drinking hole whilst walking to work!
Daniel developed A Short Walk from a desire to ‘create products from recycled materials, in the UK, a short walk from the sea’. Previously a designer and inventor at Dyson, he now enjoys creating products from waste and works towards creating a more sustainable future.
Having tried both the liquid and solid conditioners, by Bain and Savon, I loved the feel of my hair and just had to stock them.
I love that their conditioner is 100% natural with no parabens, sls or palm oil and their packaging is recyclable and therefore zero waste. They also never test their products on animals.
Bain and Savon is a small family run artisan business who use 100% pure essential oils and the natural colours come from herbs and plants, some of which they grow themselves.
Like me, they believe that products should be good for us and the environment.
Rebecca at Bliss Botanicals hand makes the lovely smelling, and tasting, smooth lip balms that I stock. The lip balms combine her love of plants, fragrance and organic natural skincare.
I love that the lip balms are handmade using only natural ingredients and come in a reusable and/or recyclable metal tins.
Earth Conscious make natural deodorants and baby balm. Born out of a desire to find a natural deodorant that worked effectively they started to make their own.
They also believe in making choices that have less of a negative impact on the planet and their products reflect this by being plastic free, palm oil free, cruelty free, certified organic and vegan.
In addition to this 10% of all their sales of deodorant and baby balm go to the Marine Conservation Society.
I absolutely love both of their products. The deodorant works well with my body and the baby balm is perfect for babies and for taking with you as a hand and lip moisturiser.
The Elephant Box was born out of Joy and Liz’s desire to create a stainless steel lunchbox so they could be part of the solution to the plastic problem. Inspired by the Indian Tiffin, they came up with the idea for the Elephant Box a stainless steel lunch box that holds a hearty packed lunch.
I love that Joy and Liz are staying true to their principles and are adding their voice to the conversation about plastics and their stainless steel products can be reused over and over.
Mintie Lunchboxes are the creation of Environmental Life, a family run business based in Brighton, UK. Making packed lunches every day for their kids, Vic and Dan noticed how much plastic wrap and foil they were using. They also noticed that they were storing loads of plastic boxes that would often warp and smell over time. In addition to this they read more about the potential harm exposure to plastics can do. They searched the market but couldn’t find anything suitable so decided to design their own.
The great thing about Mintie Lunchboxes is that they are made of stainless steel which is durable and guarantees no transfer of man-made toxins to your food. Stainless steel is also infinitely recyclable, which is great when you want to make choices that are kinder to the environment.
I really like Georganics as a company because their values are aligned with my own. They only use natural ingredients in all their oral care products and avoid any synthetic chemicals that have been shown to be detrimental health and the environment.
They also manufacture all of their consumable products in England and have a minimal-waste approach to packaging.
The main reason why I have chosen to sell Georganics toothbrushes is because they have a zero to landfill scheme. This scheme allows you to send back Georganics wooden toothbrush heads and sonic toothbrushes and is completely free of charge. Simply save up 10 toothbrush heads (or whole wooden toothbrushes), put them in a large envelope and write FREE-POST GEORGANICS on it, then drop it off at your nearest post office.
Handmade in Harpenden have lovingly hand poured the candles that I stock. I love their candles because they’re made with non-toxic plant based wax and essential oils, which smell amazing and give a cleaner burn than conventional candles.
I chose Handmade in Harpenden because Farhana and Henry’s ethos of making candles from natural, organic and sustainable materials fits well with my own and they send their candles to me in recycled packaging.
I love the body butters and face oils by Happy Holistics. All their products are handmade with organic, fairtrade and sustainable ingredients.
Kelly has carefully considered the ingredients that go into her products as well as the packaging, so that her products have a minimal effect on your body and the environment. Her body butters are presented in eco-friendly paperboard tubs which can be composted or recycled. I also love that she uses local suppliers where possible.
All Happy Holistics products are made using organic cold emulsifier which allows creams to be mixed without heat which means that the healing power of the herbs and oils is retained.
The deodorant made by Ku.tis was the first natural deodorant I found that worked! In addition to this all their products, including their deodorant, are made using only pure butters, oils, waxes and plant powders that have been minimally processed. This means unrefined and cold pressed organic where possible, ensuring the benefits and properties of the raw materials are maintained in the products. You won’t find stablisiers, parabens, fillers or preservatives in their products either.
They also source all their raw materials from suppliers where workers rights are protected and none of their raw ingredients or the final products are tested on animals.
Another thing that is so great about this company is that all of their packaging is sourced from UK suppliers and is fully recyclable.
I love the funky look and fun scents of the Primal Suds range.
The owners Andrew and Jen created Primal Suds because they wanted to move away from conventional soaps. Like me, they wanted to know what exactly is being absorbed into our bodies. What started off as them making soap for themselves quickly became Primal Suds.The name Primal Suds reflects taking soap making back in time where mother nature provided the ingredients for soap.
All their products are natural and free from parabens, SLS and artificial fragrance. In addition to this they don’t and won’t use palm oil, instead they use rapeseed oil which is kinder to the planet. All their packaging is compostable and all their products are vegan and cruelty free (i.e., not tested on animals).
ShadeTM make all natural sunscreen with just 4 ingredients. Their sunscreen was conceived to take us back to when life was simple and our exposure to dangerous chemicals through skincare products was limited. The ingredients are 100% natural, safe and effective.
What I love about this product is that it is packaged plastic free and is not tested on animals.
Truthpaste was the first all natural toothpaste, in recyclable packaging, that I found and enjoyed using. The founder of Truthpaste, Marisa, started making her own natural toothpaste after a bout of bad toothache and a fear of going to the dentist. She started researching home dentistry and experimenting with homemade toothpaste that relieved her toothache. She now has her own business making this all natural toothpaste.
I chose to supply her Truthpaste because I know that she is always honest about the ingredients she uses and she uses organic ingredients where possible. She also chooses to use sustainable ingredients. This means that they are not farmed or produced in a way that would cause harm to the environment.
Turtle Bags was established, in 2001, to raise awareness of the hazards of plastic bags and to provide a suitable alternative.
I love the fact that all their bags are made using organic cotton, certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This means that no chemical pesticides or fertilisers were used in the production of the fabric of these bags.
In addition to this they only use fair trade cotton which means the farmers have worked under safe conditions with an agreed minimum wage.