Green Directory

We can all do our bit in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint, be more nature-friendly, reduce resource consumption and support sustainable local businesses.

See our tips for a greener lifestyle and here for your Green New Year's Resolutions

Friends of the Earth

Sustainable gifts and clothing

Friends of the Earth sells gifts that make a difference. They are natural, organic and sustainable. Our clothing is made from organic cotton and everything comes in plastic-free packaging. The range includes t-shirts, jumpers, tote bags, socks, notepads and prints.

Kent Wildlife Trust

Wildlife gifts and products

Kent Wildlife Trust is creating a Wilder Kent, with a vision for restoring nature. You can support this work by adopting a species, which includes information about the projects and a soft toy. They also sell gifts, such as Kent Wildlife Trust products, wildlife books and Beebombs. 

Khoa Jewellery

Handmade silver jewellery

Khoa creates silver jewellery embellished with freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones for elegant and sophisticated people to embrace their unique styles. Each piece is inspired by the natural forms and textures which reflect the beauty of nature captured in a moment of contemplation.

Bindfulness

Cards, books and more

Hope makes beautiful handmade books, recycled greetings cards with plastic-free packaging, bags and bookbinding kits. She also makes books to order and runs bookcraft workshops in Kent.

Homemade by Dawn H

Upcycled gifts

Dawn sells homemade sewn, knitted or crocheted items, some of which are made from upcycled materials. Ideal for Christmas gifts or just for you. Such as bunting, super soft sock animals, advent calendars, bags, hats, gloves and scarfs.

Vicky Ellis Designs

Wildlife artwork

Vicky is a Kent-based watercolour artist painting British wildlife, which is reproduced onto products such as greetings cards, wrapping paper, tea towels, cushions, canvas prints and traditional fine art prints. All fabric used is unbleached and natural cotton or linen. All cards and prints are packaged in a compostable wrap.  

Simply Home-spun

Handmade silver jewellery

Sandra and Shirley make and sell hand crocheted and knitted clothing, toys and useful household items. They also hand spin locally sourced wool fleeces. Being green and environmentally friendly is central to their ethos and where possible they repurpose, upcycle or reuse materials.

Mariana Stevens

Independent Tropic ambassador

Mariana has worked with Tropic for over five years and it is part of her lifestyle. She offers product recommendations tailored to your skin type to help you create a natural beauty regime that’s kinder to skin and planet, as well as gifts.

Edibleculture

Plants, trees, tools and gifts

Chris sells many ethical, sustainable and plastic-free gardening gifts. New this year, they have gift boxes, including a ‘Bee Box’ which includes essentials to help encourage bees into your garden.

Land Marks

Natural inks made by artist Amanda Thesiger. Quiet colours for drawing and painting

Reflecting seasonal hues, these natural inks are made with oak gall, black walnut and alder buckthorn. Most of the plant materials are sourced in north Kent. Preserved with essential oils, they will last at least a year.

Oxfam’s Online Shop

Ethical new and donated gifts

Find a bargain or a unique treasure in Oxfam’s Online Shop and join thousands of supporters who help to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Choose from thousands of donated and new products or buy a loved one a fun and quirky charity gift from Oxfam Unwrapped.

Oxenden Soap House

Natural, handmade and vegan soaps

Artisan cold process soaps created using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Natural skin and hair products, always vegan and cruelty free. Handcrafted in small batches in Herne Bay. Natural ingredients and sustainable palm oil.

Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens

Tickets and gift vouchers

Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens is a privately-owned family home near Faversham comprising of over 800 acres of woodland, pasture and a fruit farm. At the heart of the estate lies the main house and gardens with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Tickets (including Season Tickets as Gift Vouchers) are available for 2021.

Top Hat & Tales

Book and hat shop

Home to a growing independent bookshop and hat shop, selling hats for day wear (all weathers) and occasions. They also sell clothes, accessories and gifts.

D&G Florists

Local florists

Local florists selling bouquets, wreaths and gifts. Available to order online for delivery or collection. 

Mad Cat Brewery

Local beer and ales

Order Mad Cat's beers, online for click and collect and discounted or free local delivery. 

Royal Cinema

Gift vouchers

Help support your local cinema. Gift vouchers are available now and can be redeemed against any event at The Royal.

Faversham & Villages Refugee Solidarity Group

Face masks

Reusable face masks made from 100% cotton and to WHO recommended standards of three layers, with a flexible nose bridge and adjustable elastic for added comfort. Made by Celia Mothes, these masks help support the charity's work. 

Cheesemakers of Canterbury

Locally made cheese

Home to the award-winning Ashmore Farmhouse and Kelly’s Canterbury Goat and a wide selection of other unpasteurised and pasteurised cheeses, made locally and traditionally.

Artists and Artisans
on Sheppey

An online marketplace for artists, crafters, artisans, music makers and published authors.

Moo Mop

Local artist

A local artist selling cards featuring her adorable Moo Mop Mouse.

and for December 2021!!

HOW TO HAVE A GREENER CHRISTMAS

  • Shop local and give gifts like crafts, organic hampers, or locally-brewed beer

  • Give with love by making your own presents, such as home-made chutneys or chocolates

  • Treat family or friends to things they love to do, like cinema & theatre tickets or book vouchers

  • Help our wildlife by buying bee-friendly plants or seeds, bird-feeders or planting a tree

  • For your own festive food and drink, choose local, seasonal, high-welfare produce

  • Avoid plastic packaging and disposable plates and cups, and send e-cards

  • Compost your kitchen waste

  • Recycle cards and wrapping and check if you can get your tree collected.

  • Use this guide to choose palm oil-free Christmas food and help save wild habitats from deforestation

  • Before you buy a digital product, look up its repairability score out of 10 at iFixit.co.uk

  • Recycle cards and wrapping and check if you can get your tree collected.

  • Use this guide to choose palm oil-free Christmas food and help save wild habitats from deforestation

  • Before you buy a digital product, look up its repairability score out of 10 at iFixit.co.uk

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