If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that we need to support small businesses, or they will not survive the other end of this. It’s easy to get caught up in massive chain businesses, maybe it’s easier or more convenient, but let’s not forget about those small businesses that are out there fighting to keep going. Sure it might be easy to go into the Costa you work next to, but what about the independent coffee shop that’s around the corner? Instead of shopping in Waterstones, why not take a trip to that independent bookshop in town?
The thing I love most about supporting a small business is knowing that the owner most likely does a little happy dance every time an order comes through. I get it when someone buys one of my guides or comes to one of my classes, it makes my heart happy.
If you have a small business, it’s your baby and you want it to grow and be successful, so every step you take towards that is a milestone to celebrate. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite small businesses so that you can go and check out their work.
So let’s cut to the chase, here’s some small businesses I’ve been loving:
Cocabana Their mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage environmental awareness and build a community of coconut heads – through selling the most beautiful coconut bowls and accessories. I’ve had mine for a few weeks now and I’m obsessed. You also get a free recipe book when you subscribe to their mailing list along with a 10% discount.
Sasstainable currently offering bamboo cutlery and biodegradable toothbrushes (which are adorably designed), Sasstainable is all about promoting sustainable living.
DUMB BLONDE CLUB
Dumb Blonde Club depsite the name, make beautiful handmade garments for any hair colour. The edgy designs are perfect for festivals and holidays abroad.
STAY WILD SWIM
Stay Wild Swim mission is to ‘provide swimwear with a purpose’. Their pieces are created using regenerated ocean plastic through sustainable practises. The swimwear is a little pricey but absolutely gorgeous and considering the impact it makes on the environment and the quality of the garments, there’s many more positives. I encourage you to read more about their sustainable practises on their website.
JANA FIT CLOTHING
Jana Fit Clothing creates gorgeous, flattering, sustainable homemade activewear. There’s something special about owning a piece of clothing that’s been loving handmade by someone in their home, isn’t there? I have a pair of their leggings and they are so comfortable too.
Worthi Clothing are all about producing high quality activewear that is also affordable. Their sets come in such gorgeous colours and I can’t wait to get my hands on some in the future. And currently offering free shipping! I also wrote a blog post for them.
Ricarica Store is a home run business providing high quality, low impact toiletries. They have a focus on reducing the use of plastic and aim for a zero waste outlook. They have a range of hair, skincare, body and self care products available. As mentioned in my recent post about self care, they have kindly given me a discount code ‘LAUREN10’ which gets you 10% off your entire order. (This is not an affiliate link and I don’t get anything from your purchase with my code).
Pretty Athletic produce skincare products designed for women who exercise frequently that are 95% natural and vegan. I recently became an ambassador for Pretty Athletic and am loving their products, they’re perfect to use on your skin before and after a workout, not at all harsh and in fact sooth the skin after it’s put through its paces with sweating and being exposed to all the elements when we workout outside.
I also put the feelers out on my socials asking you for your favourite small businesses and got a few responses that I wanted to include, please also check them out:
- Homemade Blessings Homemade soap, body bars, shea cream
- Art By Lena Prints, Postcards, Bookmarks
- Correctbook Making writing available to children in development projects
- Jubel Beer Use code JOYCRATE10 for 10% off your order
- WithanOceanView Art Prints and Bookmarks
- Zoe Ware Prints, Home Decor, Thrifted Fahsion
- Hay Max Natural, Organic and Drug Free Hayfever Relief
- Indigo Rose Beauty Cruelty Free Lashes
Reminder: Supporting small businesses doesn’t mean you have to go and buy something/everything from every single one. For a small business, a simple like, follow, share and (genuine) comments on social media can go a long way! Word of mouth is the quickest way for a business to grow so whether that’s on social media or in person, you could be making a massive difference.
Another way to support is to buy gift certificates or vouchers that could be given as Christmas or birthday presents!
In the comments below, feel free to drop any local/small businesses so we can all learn about and support more of them! I’m also thinking about making this into a whole series about small businesses, so if you are a small business owner or know someone who is, please get in touch.