Welcome to the Green Providers Directory
The UK’s leading green directory of eco-friendly, fairtrade, organic and ethical companies
All the companies listed in our green directory have been vetted so that you can be sure of their eco-friendly credentials. Founded in 2005 by Dr Gary Robertshaw, the directory is free and easy to use – providing everything you need for ethical and sustainable living under one roof!
We also provide customer reviews, tips on how to live more sustainably and save money, and an interactive blog. We are listed in The Guardian and Channel 4’s environmental sections and on green.tv, a United Nations Environmental Programme.
Fairtrade products for a fairer world
Fair trade is a social movement aimed at reducing poverty and exploitation by guaranteeing producers a price for their goods which never falls below the cost of production.
All the companies listed in our green directory follow fairtrade principles. More than 7 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from Fairtrade – farmers, farm workers, and their families.
Did you know? Twenty percent of the world’s population live on less than $1 a day.
Help protect the world’s rainforests
Tropical rainforests took up to 100 million years to evolve and are believed to be the oldest and most complex land-based ecosystem on earth, containing over 30 million species of plants and animals. That’s half of the Earth’s wildlife and at least two-thirds of its plant species!
Some interesting facts: A typical four square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. Rainforests provide many important medicinal products, including those used in the treatment of cancer.
Deforestation and the orang utan
Organic beauty products without the nasties
Organic beauty products do not contain harmful chemicals or pesticides. All the companies listed in our directory follow organic principles, offering everything from natural skincare products, shampoos, organic soaps and toiletries to bath salts and herbs.
Did you know? The skin is very permeable and most of the lotions you apply end up inside your body! This can include toxins and chemicals which are potentially harmful in the longer-term. Many people are also allergic to the chemicals found in High Street cosmetic products.
Conscious Skincare are passionate about making truly organic handmade skincare products from their rural retreat in West Wales. Their award winning range includes the highest quality organic face and body products, luxurious gift sets, and specialised items suitable for Hotel or Spa use.
All ingredients serve a useful purpose, none are added for colour, fragrance, filling or bleaching. They are also constantly mindful of the environment, selecting recycled or recyclable materials such as glass, aluminium and paper for all their packaging.
Conscious Skincare – beautiful items, lovingly packaged with a clean conscience. Visit www.conscious-skincare.com for more information.
Fairtrade clothing, sweatshop and pesticide free
Fairtrade clothing is both fashionable and ethical! Made with organic cotton by workers who are paid and treatly fairly. In contrast, much mass-produced department store clothing is made in sweatshops, where the workers have few rights. Some companies outsource production to third world countries because they can pay employees much less then they would have to pay for domestic labour. Often child labour is used to cut production costs.
Fairtrade t-shirts Did you know that conventionally grown cotton is the second most pesticide-laden crop in the world? It takes approximately 150g of chemicals to grow enough cotton to make just one t-shirt! Choose an ethically produced, trendy t-shirt instead.
What is the most eco-friendly type of clothing?
Fairtrade bags for every occasion
Fairtrade bags Perfect for shopping, the beach or picnic, or as a fashion accessory, fairtrade bags are becoming ever more popular. Fairtrade certified cotton bags are for life. They’re sustainable and reusable and represent a stand against throwaway “carrier bag society”.
Freeset is a leading supplier of fairtrade and ethical bags. Using recycled and natural materials, each bag tells a story of a journey to freedom. Custom made bags are also available and can provide the perfect ethical solution for your organisation. www.freesetbags.co.uk
Did you know? Five trillion plastic bags are manufactured globally each year. It takes around 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down. In the process, toxic substances leak into the soil and enter the food chain. Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags.
Sustainable living – good for the planet, good for your pockets
Sustainable living not only helps the planet, it helps your pockets too! Turn off that light and switch off the standby on your television. Recycling can also save you money. Instead of buying new items at inflated prices, why not look for second hand goods at a fraction of the price? It could save you a small fortune over the course of a year and also help the environment. Sites such as Piggy Bank offer great ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. See our mobile phone recycling section on how to recycle your old phone for cash.
Energy saving devices If everyone boiled only the water they needed, we could save enough electricity to run all the street lights in the UK! Plus, almost a billion pounds of electricity is wasted in the UK every year by people leaving appliances on standby!.
Buying electrical appliances? Look for products marked as Energy Saving Recommended. These must meet stringent low-energy standards set by an independent panel, so you’ll be able to buy with confidence.
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Environmental cost of technology
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Dinosaurs, Mother Nature and Human Destiny
How celebrities influence green issues
Rewards for polluters, prison for climate campaigners
Home insulation – top of green priorities for the UK
Big increase in plastic found in the oceans
Science fiction and pragmatism
Tips for an eco friendly home
Scandal of oil spills in the Arctic
Ridding your home of wasteful electronics
How to save pennies and the planet simultaneously
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