f²: On the 1st Day of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave me the gift of “Life-improving Homewares” from Aerende — improving both our lives and those of its socially challenged makers from around the British Isles.

Aerende is an online shop selling useful and beautiful products for your home, all of them made in the UK by people facing social challenges — carefully crafted products from makers who are unable to access or maintain conventional employment. The company was founded in 2016 by Emily Mathieson, a former travel editor for The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller and Red. A passion for beautiful, useful, locally made homewares led her to question the lack of high-quality options in the ethical interiors sector. Thus began a quest to create a model for considerate, socially valuable shopping that doesn’t compromise on quality or style.

“The word Aerende means ‘care’ in Olde English – we chose it to reflect our commitment to heritage skills and British-made items, as well as to our considerate business practices and interesting in slow living,” Emily says. “We believe in the power of consumers to affect social change and we’re delighted to welcome you to our small part of this movement.”

Aerende white knitted potholder, homewares
Above: Durable and washable, these Knitted Cotton Pot Holders are versatile as well. Their weight and texture make them perfect to use as trivets or even as flannels, which is how I use them. A set of three with a bar of soap will be a much appreciated present. Handknitted from 100% Mariner Yarn heritage cotton in Hertfordshire by adults at Creatively Mindful, which tackles stress and social issues with creativity and relaxation. 18cm x 17cm, £13 each.
Aerende wood and brass candle snuffer. homewares
Above: Here’s a stylish and effective way to extinguish all those candles we light during the dark winter evenings. The Wood and Brass Candle Snuffer reduces wax spray and keeps the wick straight which helps to maximise burn time. A perfect present to match up with a pair of Amber Beeswax Candles. The residents of Newton Dee Camphill Community in Scotland make the handles from sustainable British ash grown on their site. 30cm long, 5.5cm diameter of brass cone, £24.

This year we have re-found the joy of giving by giving simply. Read our take on Full Circle Giving.

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