The Handbook’s Eco Edit is back for 2023 showcasing the best eco-friendly brands, products, and services doing their thing with a conscience. This month, we take a look at the five-star hotel for sustainably-minded skiers to the farm-to-face brand switching up men’s skincare. Scroll to find out more about this month’s edit.
If your interiors style errs on the side of boho, you need to bookmark The Colombia Collective. The website is a cornucopia of rustic delights – think woven wicker placemats to dainty beach baskets – all made by artisan communities across Colombia, fusing traditional techniques with modern design.
The brand was born in 2019 by architect Kate Wrigley, who was living in Colombia at the time and working for the Mayor of Bogota – quite the gig. Kate fell in love with the country’s incredible craftsmanship, lovingly passed down from generation to generation and so The Colombia Collective was born. They now work with over 800 artisans from 14 different communities and aim to develop sustainable economic growth within.
The new collection has just dropped and we’ve got our eyes on the adorable cherry and lobster-shaped napkin rings – surely the best gift you can take to a dinner party ever; as well as the Conchita woven bowl to elevate your five-a-day; and the sweet straw baskets that will have you wanting to book your next holiday immediately.
Fashion brand to know – Essén
One of our 2023 fashion resolutions is to be more mindful when we shop, only buying things we really need and really love. If there’s one brand that encompasses both, it’s shoe label Essén.
This sustainable fashion brand creates timeless, lasting staples that will fill the holes in your footwear artillery, from chunky black boots to wear with anything from cut-off denim to silky slip skirts, to polished loafers to slip under wide-leg trousers; and barely there sandals that will accompany you on all your summer trips.
This season, they’ve also teamed up with Friends with Frank, a fellow Melbourne-based brand, to create a concise edit of timeless belts. offering high-quality timeless staples. Made in Italy, the three-piece collection has been consciously crafted from premium LWG-Gold certified leathers and recycled metal hardware.
The Double Wrap is our favourite, adding shape to boxy blazers, floaty midi dresses and classic white shirts/jeans combos.
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Never be caught out again having to shamefully pay for a plastic bag with arguably the coolest reusable totes we’ve seen.
Ware The Label create practical and chic totes in seven different colours and prints that can easily be folded up into your regular handbag or stylish enough to use all day. The design cleverly uses a unique ribbed knit that is expandable and has easy-hold top handles, perfect for schlepping your supermarket haul / spare flats/umbrella/all of the above from A to B.
Our favourite is the simple black and white striped affair.
We love to keep you in the know of all the latest restaurant openings here at The Handbook and this is one to bookmark if you’re keen to complete Veganuary, generally eat plant-based or just love great food.
Enter Edit, the hyper-seasonal, veg-forward new opening from architect-turned-restaurateur Elly Ward’s in the heart of Hackney, With a changing menu to ensure produce used is as sustainable as possible, a zero-waste mentality and ingredients sourced from small-scale farms, foragers and independent producers, the kitchen will be headed up by chefs Fabrice Jacquet and Beth Olivier.
When the sustainable restaurant launches later this month, expect menu heroes like roasted salsify with smoked aioli, crispy kalettes with purple potato mash, and beetroot à trois; larger plates of wild mushroom fricassée with creamed barley and wilted chard; and in the puddings corner, seasonal fruits with homemade chaga ice cream and blood orange granita. Delicious.
Elly’s background in architecture and design has also helped with the interiors – think stripped-back bare brick walls and original cast iron columns, recycled wood waste tables and a striking tomato-red floor, making Edit a 360 approach to eating out sustainably.
You don’t come across many beauty brands founded by a farmer, but here we are. One of the most sustainable brands out there, BAZ & CO. is the first (that we know of) dedicated men’s skincare brand founded by humble Herefordshire farmer James Chase. Given that the brand creates natural-led products with zero parabens, soap, harsh exfoliants, detergents, sulphates and synthetic chemicals, it makes sense, as who knows ingredients and what comes from the ground better than a farmer?
The collection is small but considered with a body wash, exfoliator-cum-cleanser and a daily moisturiser packed full of naturally derived products like grapefruit and spearmint and their hero ingredient, basil – picked thanks to its natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
This farm to face skincare brand will give you the morning pep up you need with ingredients like basil, spearmint and grapefruit.
If you’re looking to hit the slopes more consciously this ski season, head to the impossibly stylishHotel au Charmant Petit Lache in Italy. Nestled in the heart of Champoluc in the Aosta Valley with views of snow-topped Valle d’Ayas woods, the hotel has been thought out with respect, harmony and sustainability to its beautiful surroundings.
The design, from the inside out, has been entirely built with renewable resources from wood and glass, and has an A-class energy efficiency certification meaning it uses only renewable energy.
The hotel is situated in the perfect location to hit the powder, with the Crest gondola about 300 metres away and the nearby Monterosa ski area. Travel there in the warmer months and you can enjoy breathtaking mountain hikes, drinks by the lake or an afternoon of R&R in the five-star spa and pool.
Hotel Charmant Petit Lache, Route Ramey, 50, 11020 Champoluc AO, Italy
Rentable Childrenswear by The Little Loop App
We all know how quickly little ones grow out of their wardrobes and The Little Loop is here to help. The app allows you to rent over 12,000 items of childrenswear from ethical brands like Rachel Riley, Little Green Radicals and Frugi, and swap sizes and styles in and out as much as you like.
From mini adventures to messy play. this is a childrenswear service with their planet and your pocket in mind.