Made In The UK - The Benefits Of Shopping Local
Afternoon tea, red buses, the royals and amazing pubs - all things that spring to mind when you think of the United Kingdom! But what many may not know, is that the UK is also home to an incredible range of sustainable suppliers who produce delicious foods and bespoke personal care products - many of which you can find on our shelves at The Source!
Benefits of shopping UK made products?
- Supporting local industries and businesses
- Investing in local communities
- Creating demand for local jobs
- Great quality!
- Reducing your carbon footprint
1. Pulses & Grains
Our delicious range of locally sourced pulses & grains are grown by independently owned British farms across the UK from Suffock to Cambridgeshire. This passionate group of farmers are particularly interested in producing less well-know pulses like fava beans. Did you know that fava beans have been grown in the UK since the Iron Age!? 😲
Whether you are looking for healthy dinner ingredients like yellow split peas or quinoa, or just want a simple and tasty snack like our roasted salt and vinegar fava beans - we have a locally sourced option for you!
Who doesn't love cozying up with a warm cup of tea on a cold winters day? Rather than reaching for a traditional tea bag made from non-recyclable polypropylene, why not grab a reusable tea strainer and try some delicious local blends at home - calming Camomile anyone?
We have a wide range of locally sourced tea's to choose from to suit any mood or time of day, such as our Organic English Breakfast, Green Tea, Hibiscus, and Matcha (which can be enjoyed plain or mixed with milk for a frothy latte - simply combine with hot water, whisk vigorously with our bamboo matcha whisk and top with your favourite milk).
As well as providing delicious locally grown tea blends, our tea supplier provides fair work conditions for all it's employees through Fairtrade terms. In traditional tea farming workers often don't earn enough to support their families, whereas, Fairtrade terms ensure that all their employees can benefit from better working conditions, proper training and improved healthcare and education within their communities.
And there's even more! Our UK tea supplier works with refugees to provide them with local employment and job ready skills which helps with integration into wider society. So when you brew your next tea blend you can feel warm and fuzzy for more than one reason!
Whether you start your day with a hearty bowl of porridge or enjoy some wholesome weekend baking, oats are a pantry staple! Sourced from a local independent business started by two friends back in the 70's, our range of UK made oats are the perfect addition to your pantry staples. Choose from a range of organic, biodynamic and gluten-free options including...
- Gluten-friendly rolled oats
- Organic pinhead oats
- Organic porridge oats
- Organic jumbo oats
Looking for a new recipe to try? Check out our Cinnamon & Vanilla Protein Porridge for your next breakfast!
Nestled in the home counties of South Downs lies a local bee farm where we source our delicious Home Counties Honey from. Started in the 1920's by a local family, our Honey supplier now runs 1500 hives using modern hives and bee treatments that keep their bees happy and healthy! The honey is only harvested twice a year to minimise disruption of the bee colony and the bee keepers leave enough honey behind to see the bees through the winter.
Made from mixed wild flowers, our Home Counties Honey has has a beautiful yet subtle flavour that makes it perfect drizzled on top of your morning cereal or yoghurt, or used as a sweetener in your tea or baked goods!
5. Cleaning Liquids
Get the eco-friendly home you always dreamed of with our amazing range of locally sourced household cleaning liquids! Made with a range of natural and biodegradable ingredients, all our UK made cleaning liquids are super planet-friendly and free from harsh chemicals and dyes. Bring your own containers from home and fill up on laundry detergent, fabric softener and washing up liquid instore, or shop online and have them delivered in reusable containers straight to your door anywhere across the UK!
All our products are also highly concentrated which means you can use less for the same results - a win for the planet and a win for your household!
The best part?... our local cleaning products are delivered to us in containers made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, that get picked up whenever we get a delivery and are transported back to the supplier where they get cleaned and refilled - making them completely closed loop!