Whether you’re looking for planet-friendly presents, or gifts that give back this Christmas, you’ll find a range of stallholders at Bath Christmas Market selling products that are sustainable or socially responsible. Here are a few of them…
Lick the Spoon
The perfect presents for the chocolate lover in your life, Lick the Spoon’s hot chocolate spoons and boxed chocolates come in plastic-free compostable and biodegradable packaging, with 75% of it made in Wiltshire, from recycled sources. Celebrations are in order for the family-run company, after they pledged to go fully plastic-free by this Christmas and succeeded!
Grown Up Marshmallows
Grown Up Marshmallows are hand-cut and made using fresh fruit or fair-trade chocolate. Gluten-, dairy-, egg- and fat-free, they are also packaged in 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable material, meaning that you can enjoy an indulgent sweet treat safe in the knowledge that they’re doing good for the environment.
Sniff out Slimbridge Soaps’ chalet on Abbey Green and take a look at their range of gentle soaps, soaks and balms made locally from natural materials. New for 2019, many of their products are wrapped in brown paper instead of plastic, and their shower scrubs (bars of soap in reusable loofah pouches) mean you can reduce the number of plastic shower gel bottles you buy.
Say No to Single-Use
With sustainability at the heart of Bath Christmas Market, each year we take steps to reduce the amount of plastic used. Our policy against single-use plastic, encouraging stallholders and visitors to opt for reusable materials where possible, ensures plastic use is minimised, with the aim of phasing it out fully in years to come, and finding alternatives.
A Kinder Christmas
Regulars at the Market, photos of Paper Starlights’ beautiful hanging lanterns pop up without fail on social media every year. While you may, therefore, recognise their products, you might not know that they are a fair-trade company, having worked with a family business in India in a partnership spanning two generations, with each lantern handcrafted by artists using traditional techniques.
Felt So Good
Felt So Good’s cute decorations are perfect for adding some festive charm to your home. Inspired by Nepalese handmade felt crafting, each and every product is designed in the UK and made by Nepalese cottage industries, with skilled artisans using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation. In this way, the company promote fair trade business within small craft communities.
New to the Market this year, Ubiety is a Bath brand making home and body fragrance products. Aside from smelling divine (they use essential oils, vegan and environmentally friendly ingredients in their ranges), all profits are donated to local hospice charity Dorothy House.
Barty’s Trading Company
With a range of homeware and gifts on offer, Barty’s Trading Company, based in Frome, source products to sell at fêtes and fairs across the country. Known for their hand-weaved colourful baskets from Africa, each one is ethically sourced, ensuring in each case that the working conditions are safe and hygienic and that wages exceed the national average for the skilled craft.
Made to Last
To add some character to your garden, head to Chi-Africa’s chalet on Milsom Street to check out their sculptures. Core to their work is their partnership with artists in Zimbabwe, with each product being handmade in Africa from recycled and reclaimed metal and skillfully crafted by local artisans into quirky pieces of art.
From their workshop in Bradford-on-Avon, Wood Heavens make a variety of timber products, from oak apple crates to kitchen herb planters, and from lamps to chopping boards. With all the wood ethically sourced from the local area, and their creative process being as plastic-free as possible, you can be sure of picking up a durable and made-to-last gift from them this Christmas.
Reducing their impact on the environment is key to the Wolfe Academy team’s ethos. Their clothing, designed with outdoor life in mind and made to be ready for adventure, is manufactured solely with renewable green energy, from wind and solar, and hand-screen-printed in Somerset with water-based inks.
If your eyes have recently been opened to the problem of fast fashion, take a look at AwaxUK’s range of handcrafted leather bags and accessories. From rucksacks to totes, each bag is carefully put together by a small team of skilled crafters using high-quality materials to make sure each is robust and long-lasting.
Wild Flour Cake Co
There’s no need to worry if you’re vegan and fancy a sweet treat at Bath Christmas Market. Based just outside Bath, the Wild Flour Cake Co was established with support from The Prince’s Trust in 2015, to transform traditional cakes using natural flavours and free-from ranges. Head to their chalet to pick up delicious vegan and gluten-free options.
If a visit to Wild Flour’s chalet inspires you to get your own vegan bake on, you’ll need some sweet ingredients. Check out Pure Maple on Bath Street, a British-Canadian family business selling award-winning maple syrup and other delicious products, from butter to popcorn and from granola to fudge, the majority of which are vegan.
The Vegan Spice
If Market-browsing has you feeling peckish, make for The Vegan Spice on York Street for a filling bowl of flavoursome goodness. The Market’s first solely vegan catering chalet, their Katsu Curry is the ultimate street food, incorporating sticky rice and a spicy bean patty smothered in katsu sauce and garnished with pickled ginger, coriander and sesame seeds.
Expect indulgent treats at Feniton Foods’ chalet on Abbeygate Street – bringing their salted caramel sauces and cordials to Bath, they offer an ever-increasing range of luxury fudges that are dairy-free and made with coconut oil and cream or soya milk. You wouldn’t know that their crumbly vanilla fudge is vegan!