Winners in Each Category
Accessory Brand of the Year Winner
Our winner for this category is Pala. Pala is a powerful, sustainable fashion brand which offers its market a beautiful product which is reasonably priced and gives back to communities as much as it takes out.
We were impressed by a number of sustainable aspects which Pala has built their brand around: from their use of ethical and recycled materials, both for product and packaging, providing fair wage employment for workers, empowering women and giving back to communities by supporting eye-care programmes in Africa, and the fact that they also offset their carbon emissions with every purchase of eyewear.
The transparency of the entire process is clear for consumers on their website and the finished product is well-packaged and commercialised.
Accessory Joint Runner Up
Beauty Brand of the Year Winner
Our judges felt that Evolve’s ethos and aesthetic lived up to the qualities the Sustainable Lifestyle Awards are looking for in a beauty brand. Evolve’s commitment to sourcing ingredients not only in a sustainable, ethical way but also as close to home as possible, before venturing out for exotic ingredients from far-flung corners of the world, is what all brands should be looking to emulate.
Evolve Beauty’s price point means that the brand is accessible to a broader section of society, whilst not undermining the cost involved in sourcing ingredients in an honourable way. The products also perform effectively, thereby encouraging the consumer to be concerned with both the exterior and interior of the products, adding to the overall sustainability of the brand. Ultimately, Evolve has built a brand that we feel is trustworthy and are delivering on their promises to their customers and the environment.
Beauty Runner Up
Beauty Honourable Mention
* This category was originally intended for makeup, hair care, nails and fragrance - as we did not receive a wide enough cross section of products and were only sent skin and haircare products, we took this into account in making our final decision and looked at the brands that were offering a variety of beauty and personal care products.
In our opinion. Blanc was the obvious winner for this category based on the fact that they are tackling an industry where toxicity is really rampant. Many traditional dry cleaners use a chemical known as PERC (perchloroethylene) that is bad for both our health and the environment. However, Blanc works with non-toxic, biodegradable detergents and pure water which is safe for both people and the planet. Blanc are also vocal about the issues with plastic within the dry cleaning industry and have switched to brown paper bags where possible and reduce as much as possible. They are constantly looking for more solutions to the problem at hand and always ask the customer for feedback - the judging panel really appreciated this transparency. Blanc does a great job in being as honest and as green as possible in the dry cleaning industry, an industry which really needs to be called out for being damaging to our environment.
Content Creator of the Year Winner
Kestrel Jenkins, founder of Conscious Chatter, has created an open-source audio platform to great success.
With a growing and engaged audience, the content is informative and engaging whilst providing a level of substance which encourages repeat listens and shareability. Her content sheds light and questions on key and emerging issues within the fashion industry, such as consumerism, production practices and representation. Using an inquisitive interview-style, Kestrel pushes her guests to share opinions and digs a little deeper on rich topics and themes.
The content’s visual styles and branding also shake off the norms of sustainability, eco ‘stylings’ and bring a modern spin to the cause. A definite winner for this year’s category!
Content Creator Runner Up
Fashion Brand of the Year Winner
Riley Studio is a hugely impactful sustainable fashion brand that balances responsible business practices with a pleasing aesthetic. Garments are ethically produced from waste such as plastic bottles, fishing nets and textiles. Their small but perfectly formed collections are underpinned by a principled approach to manufacture and a well-communicated ethos of mindful consumption. The brand gives a lifetime guarantee to all its products, offering a Recycle Programme in order to prevent their garments ending up in landfill. Some helpful feedback would be to advise Riley Studio to include clearer washing instructions and garment care on their garment tags, enabling their customers to find this information quickly and easily.
Fashion Brand Runner Up
Footwear Brand of the Year Winner
As an espadrille, the style of Juta Shoes are not fashion forward nor high-tech but rather a craft classic. And when is a classic not stylish!
Juta Shoes combines this celebration of style with a preservation of traditional craft whilst teaching skills and providing a route to employment for marginalised women.
Juta Shoes are a great example of the type of business model we need to foster if we want to see more inclusive, slow, sustainable businesses.
Gift & Lifestyle Brand of the Year Winner
Overall, the judges were very impressed with all of the entrants however, Kloris stood out to us as a business that is committed to sustainability from start to finish, who do not compromise design, quality, and innovation, and who produce products that are not only deserving of a place on our planet but are worthy of the planet’s resources that it takes to create the products.
Gift & Lifestyle Brand Runner Up
Homeware Brand of the Year Winner
The judging panel was blown away by the winner for the homeware category, Aerende. We think that the aesthetic, branding, thought and meaning behind the brand’s name and above all Aerende’s approach to social enterprise are exemplary.
We were particularly impressed and humbled by the backstory of the brand, and - above all - how Aerende’s workforce is made up of people who are facing social challenges in the UK. We truly believe that Aerende is one of the most impressive brands any of us have come across in terms of combining different needs and products with incredibly desirable designs. We were impressed by the wide range of products offered by the brand - from bed linen and candles, to pottery and chopping boards, there is something for everyone!
We appreciate the transparency of the brand’s website and think other brands should take note of this and replicate it across their own platforms. We really were truly impressed by Aerende and their mission to make every home ethical.
Homeware Brand Runner Up
Innovation Brand of the Year Winner
From the effort put into their application, it was clear to our judging panel that Dame is a business who take their goals seriously down to every last detail.
Whilst the Dame tampon isn’t a product all of our judging panel had a need for, we understand that there is a huge need and gap in the marketplace for sustainable tampons. To this end, Dame have provided a well-resolved solution with a good practical design: we were all unanimous in agreement that the product was considered and unique and sat well within the ‘green’ message of the Sustainable Lifestyle Awards.
The only information which we would have liked to have seen, which was not provided, was information about the manufacturing of the applicator. We think Dame’s application and our judgement on the product itself would have benefited from a better understanding of how the applicators are made and what raw materials are used in the production.
Nevertheless, we really could not find a reason to fault the intentions of the company. Dame are already a B-corp and the sustainability heart of the business clearly drives the team forward daily. Dame is an innovative brand with an innovative product. A truly deserving winner!
Innovation Runner Up
Launch of the Year Winner
The panel have chosen Springbond due to the sustainable innovation of an item that is so fundamental to most homes. Each roll of this new underlay material uses a combination of recycled single-use plastics and PET bottles, which aims to combat the 8 million tonnes of plastic thrown into our oceans every year. Further more, Springbond are combating indoor air pollution, which is a huge problem here in the UK, and are 100% recyclable, therefore giving it an infinite lifespan.
We loved the thoughtful aspects of this material - from start to finish. It's ability and mission to serve numerous households in becoming more eco-friendly is admirable and impressive.
Launch of the Year Runner Up
Jewellery Brand of the Year Winner
The brand Yala presented a complete picture of their supply chain, including many strong sustainable elements, all in a transparent manner.
Yala scored highly for our judging panel on its sustainable story - including responsibly sourced materials, environmental impact, fair wage policies, transparency of process and social impact with the added certification that comes from being a B Corp.
The judges were taken by the ability of Yala’s founder to make a success of the business with so little outside support. Finally and just as importantly in this application, the product is simple, beautiful and honest.
Jewellery Brand Runner Up
Person of the Year Winner
Toxic chemicals and palm oil are some of the accepted harmful ingredients used by big businesses in their hair products, both of which are damaging to people and the environment.
To produce a product that offers an alternative, whilst re-educating people on how to manage their hair and seek to challenge the lack of industry regulation, our Person of the Year choice is Tabitha James Kraan. Tabitha’s work covers so many important issues, from mitigating plastics to promoting the organic. She is a true aspiration.
Person of the Year RUNNER UP
Restaurant of the Year Winner
Pensons is the epitome of a sustainable restaurant, with hyper-local food, investment in local artisans and community, and a view to continuing this same ethos as it establishes itself (being less than a year old at the time of judging). There is a well-rounded focus on the wellbeing of staff, community, and guests. Style-wise, the chefs, food, and interior speak for themselves, showcased in a classic rural England style without any unnecessary frills.
Restaurant Runner Up
Skincare Brand of the Year Winner
The Judges chose Beauty Kitchen as their winner because Beauty Kitchen have made huge steps to maintain true to their ethos as a fully sustainable brand.
Beauty Kitchen have reimagined the supply chain from a consumable one to a durable refill one making it affordable. Their return, refill, repeat initiative is fantastic, making it easy for the customer to reduce their waste. As well as packaging, they’re certified B Corp, donate a portion of sales, their products use 100% natural ingredients and their product is certified and traceable from cradle to cradle.
We feel that the aesthetic/ branding is not as strong compared to some of the other brands; however we see Beauty Kitchen as forward thinking in their approach to being a sustainable brand who have carefully and conscientiously considered sustainability in all facets of the business.
Skincare Runner Up
Vegan Brand of the Year Winner
Tropic Skincare has been a leading vegan beauty brand and they keep getting better. Having recently launched their refillable palettes, they are also now offering refillable serums too. They are certified carbon negative and, since this month (October 2019), they have started working with United World Schools to help give education to children in Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar. The products are made in the UK, without harmful chemicals and sustainably sourced. All products are recyclable too.
Tropic Skincare has a signature paper packaging that is completely recyclable, with bold, exotic prints which catches the eye. RRP is reasonable and the product does last well. Because of the nature of the products being more natural, they need to be applied thoroughly but they have a lovely texture and feel to them, perfect for everyday use. We loved that the lipstick has refillable packaging and it lasted well.
Tropic Skincare ticks the boxes as a beauty brand delivering both in style and sustainability. The products work very well, and they strive to make this world a better place. Well done Tropic!