Christmas 2021: Three artisan gift ideas to shop for Small Business Saturday

When Napoleon described England as ‘a nation of shopkeepers’, he likely meant it as an insult.

Two hundred years later, it’s a moniker we should be proud of. Throughout the UK, thousands of small businesses retail their wares and with 21st-century technology, it’s easier than ever to buy from them.

Thanks to campaigns such as Small Business Saturday, taking place this weekend, it’s also easier than ever to discover indie brands.

This year’s event is also a great way to find eco swaps because, as its director Michelle Ovens CBE explains: ‘Small Business Saturday is particularly highlighting sustainably conscious small firms, to demonstrate the huge potential and passion amongst the UK’s small businesses to combat climate change. All of the small firms represented in the campaign’s “SmallBiz100” this year have made great strides towards sustainability.’

Here are three examples from SmallBiz100 that can help you switch to greener goods.

Caribe Coffee Co.

Honduran-born Wilmer Carcamo could cope with the Northumbrian weather, but not the coffee, when he moved to be near wife Elle’s family.

The couple created Caribe Coffee and work directly with producers in Honduras to source ethically and sustainably grown coffee beans.

Prices start at £7.25 from Caribe Coffee Co

York Gin

York Gin’s six spirits have won multiple awards including the accolade England Gin Distillery of the Year 2021 — and the great taste is matched by great ethics.

The whole operation runs on renewable power and its plastic-free packaging comes from within Yorkshire.

Prices start at £5 from York Gin

The Social Supermarket

The Social Supermarket offers more than 1,500 products from 100 ethical brands. Shop by values: charitable contributions, eco conscious, economic empowerment, female-led business, handmade, repurposed, vegan.

Right now, it stocks Christmas hampers at a range of price points.

Prices start at £1.75 at Social Supermarket

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on purchases made through one of these links but this never influences our experts’ opinions. Products are tested and reviewed independently of commercial initiatives.

Do you have a story to share?

Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

How to get your Metro newspaper fix

Metro newspaper is still available for you to pick up every weekday morning or you can download our app for all your favourite news, features, puzzles… and the exclusive evening edition!

Download the Metro newspaper app for free on App Store and Google Play

Source: Read Full Article