Wales is is a powerhouse of eco-friendliness, second best household waste recycler in the world, and houses some of the best green and ethical businesses. Home to towering mountains, green valleys, and windswept open spaces, there is a lot to love about our beautiful country.
Whether you’re visiting Wales, live in Wales, or even thinking of relocating to our beautiful green country, the businesses below are just a handful of our favourite Welsh green and ethical businesses.
Babipur – ethical shopping for kids made easy
Based in Gwynedd, Babipur came to life in 2007 with couple Jolene and Peter running an online shop from a few boxes under the bed. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, building an online shop that has everything you could possibly need for a green and ethical parenting journey.
Kind Organic – founded by women, for women
Cardiff-based Kind Organic was founded with the belief that it should be easier for women to put the needs of their body first with a kinder, more natural menstrual product. Their range includes organic tampons and pads as well as a menstrual cup, which I’m reviewing very soon!
Splosh – bottles for life
I’ve been a fan of Splosh cleaning products for a while. Based in Hay-on-Wye, Splosh sell a fantastic range of vegan cleaning products with a catch – you buy the bottle once, then order refills directly from them after that. They even recycle the refill sachets for you. You can catch my full review of Splosh cleaning products here.
Robin’s Realm – meat-free country retreats
Life long vegan Robin lovingly restored this beautiful cottage and farmhouse in Carmarthen, West Wales. Powered by solar panels and restored using original materials and methods, the farmhouse is the ideal vegan retreat. Robin also offers vegan meals lovingly prepared and delivered to the farmhouse, and can provide plant based milks.
With 100% 5 star reviews on Air BnB, Robin’s Realm is the perfect place for a sustainable getaway.
Green Gathering – a festival beyond hedonism
Green Gathering is an entirely not for profit festival run by a group of festival lovers, environmentalists, activists, campaigners, gardeners, musicians, builders, philosophers, educators, travellers, health workers and artists.
The festival is perfect for families and hosts a wealth of sustainable green and ethical businesses every year. Any financial surplus from the festival goes back into the main charity which runs the Green Gathering festival. This is just one of the many reasons I try to get myself and my kids there every year.
Ripple – zero waste living.
Ripple is Cardiff’s first not-for-profit zero waste store.
Initially inspired by David Attenborough, Sophie Rae opened Ripple in November with the intention of trying to make people in Cardiff more aware of their impact on the planet. She wanted a place where she, and everyone else, could shop for a more eco-friendly lifestyle – so she opened her own.
REsource Living –experts in efficient, clean, sustainable energy
For over 10 years, REsource living have been providing sustainable and renewable energy for events and off-grid projects. Run by Dougal and Tessa, REsource Living pride themselves in not only providing energy solutions to off-grid projects, but also in helping off-grid communities, such as that of Grace Island, to learn about the process and therefore have more control over their own futures.
Crimson Moon – custom made CSPs from Flintshire
Crimson Moon is a small business ran by Jan Morgan and her partner Mal from their purpose built workshop in Flintshire, North Wales. I’ve been using their CSPs (some of which are pictured above) since May 2018 and I love them! The designs in their Etsy store* make me excited to get my period.
Atma Cafe – vegetarian food with heart
Atma is the Sanskrit word for body, mind, and soul (or simply, the self). The ethos behind everything that Atma cafe offers is to respect the sacred self, not just of us (humans) but of all beings.
The beautiful cafe, located in Capitol shopping centre in the heart of Cardiff, offers not only a vegetarian and vegan menu, but also tries to cater to a variety of dietary needs including Gluten free options. You can check out Atma Cafe’s menu here.
Tabitha Eve – be the mosquito
Tabitha Eve’s founder Debbie started her own journey with waste reduction and caring for the planet on which we live during her travels through Borneo. Debbie believes that we can all make small changes which add up to a larger positive impact.
With that in mind, she began to create plastic free products, all of which are sourced ethically. You’ll find a wide variety of alternative products at Tabitha Eve, all handmade at their studio in South Wales, including full kitchen starter kits and vegan wax food wraps.
Anna Loka – change the way you think about vegan food
Located in bohemian Roath (Cardiff), Anna Loka is a vegetarian and vegan cafe whose mission is to “offer compassionate food choices without compromising on quality or taste!” What more could you ask for?!
Anna Loka’s founder Adam, Hare Krishna monk, chose the name of the cafe carefully, combining the Sanskrit words ‘Anna’ for food, and ‘Loka’ for world or planet. Awarded a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor in 2017 and previously featured in Hello! magazine, you’d be mad to miss the culinary delights on offer at Anna Loka. One to seek out next time you find yourself in Cardiff.