One of our favourite things about running Vevolution, is getting to know the hugely motivated, inspiring, and conscious people behind ethical and sustainable brands. We have had the pleasure to work alongside brands that are doing incredibly innovative things, and also have the inspiring founders talk at our events.
The idea of low waste, sustainability, and creating less single-use plastic is catching on fast (and it needs to be). Everyday we are astounded by the creativity, and drive of the people that are leading the plant-powered movement. There are way too many brands to include in just one blog post, so here are a few that we have chosen this time round…
Without further ado, here are some notable, sustainable brands, along with a couple of mainstream brands slipped in that are making positive changes.
Every BOL is 100% recyclable and up-cyclable, but they have gone the extra mile with their new range; the boxes are made from offcuts of the sugarcane plant that would have otherwise gone to waste. This makes their packaging 95% plastic-free! The founder of BOL, Paul Brown, will be speaking on the investment panel at our Topics: Business event this month.
Zero Waste Club
The Zero Waste Club is an online, plastic-free grocery shop that deliver to your door. Before they started up this business, founders, Rishi and Pawan realised that many eco-friendly products are given a luxury label. Because of this, they started up Zero Waste Club, that offers eco-friendly, sustainable, well designed, affordable products. They sell things from gluten free foods, to reusable straws.
Lush now ship their solid products to you completely ‘naked’. Any products that are particularly delicate are wrapped in biodegradable, compostable cellulose wrap. This simple change saves more than half a million cellulose bags a year. When you open up your shipped package from Lush, you find your naked products that are protected and separated by recycled cardboard dividers. They are nestled in eco-flo chips, which is an alternative to polystyrene.
M*lkman produce and deliver a range of 100% natural Nut M*lks straight to your front door (or business) in re-usable glass bottles. They are a completely plastic-free, vegan business. Their focus is not just on creating the best artisan nut milks, but also being as sustainable as possible. They encourage customers to leave out and return their reusable glass bottles in order to reduce waste.
If you didn’t already know, Upcircle were once called Optiat. Co-founder, Anna Brightman, has a guest post on our blog all about the reasons for their rebrand. It has been amazing to see this brand grow, as they have been involved in many Vevolution events in the past, and even won our inaugural Pitch + Plant competition in 2017. Since the start their packaging has been 100% recyclable, but now as UpCircle they have reduced their plastic packaging by 99%. Co-founder of UpCircle, William Brightman, will be speaking on the investment panel at our Topics: Business event this month.
ASOS (ASOS recycled denim clothing)
ASOS has committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. Their recycled denim range seems to one of the first steps to this huge change. The denim is made using a mix of recycled cotton and Cotton made in Africa (CmiA). ASOS are also certified carbon neutral, and they have a very transparent page on their website all about their footprint here. Although they are far from being considered as a ‘sustainable’ company, they are clearly making a good effort, and it shows!
Rubies In The Rubble
Did you know that over 1/3 of ALL produce never reaches our plates? Which is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes of food worldwide EVERY year. Rubies In The Rubble sell a range of award-winning relishes, ketchups and mayos, all made from surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.
Peas are one of the most sustainable sources of protein on the planet. They require minimal water, and practically no fertiliser to grow. Brave source their peas exclusively from farmers in the East of England, and thus they always keep their production local. Co-founder of BRAVE, Amber Fraser, will be on the investment panel at our Topics: Business event this month!
Tideford have always been eco-conscious, which is why they started as an organic brand, and why they turned fully plant-based. Their soup pots are already recyclable, but they are currently working with suppliers to find even more sustainable and eco options.
One Planet Pizza
Not only do they sell some of the best plant-based pizza on the market, but their pizzas also have 20% lower carbon footprint than of a typical meat and dairy pizza. Their pizza boxes are 100% biodegradable and can be composted, and the pizza box wraps are fully recyclable and made from recycled materials.
Vevolution Topics are a series of talks that brings the best of the plant-powered movement together to share ideas and stories to inspire positive change in the world.
These events are an intimate experience with opportunities to connect with like-minded people and learn about important issues. We are holding 3 events from February-April at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden Town, London with each event focusing on a different area of the plant powered movement.
We will be starting with Vevolution Topics: Business on the 24th of February!