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For a lot of us, it can be tricky, if not impossible, accessing the eco-friendly supplies you want locally, whether through lack of options on your local high street, a lack of time to be able to shop locally, or other factors such as mobility issues. And certainly, not least because of a global pandemic. Luckily, there’s a new eco-friendly online marketplace on the block – Born-Eco – that caters to all of your eco needs on one convenient website.
Born-Eco came about when in 2018 founder Ollie travelled to Borneo, an island best known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest. Rather than the picture-perfect landscape that Ollie was expecting, he was shocked at the scale of environmental degradation of the island’s rainforests, which have been ravaged by palm oil production. Ollie found Borneo’s famous beaches had also suffered at the hands of humans, with swathes of plastic waste washed up on the island’s beaches.
Wanting to make a tangible change, Ollie came up with the idea of Born-Eco – a play on the name Borneo – where people could easily buy a wide range of eco-friendly goods.
Born-Eco flung open it’s virtual doors in October 2019, and it now acts as a single marketplace platform for sustainable products. It’s grown quickly since October, and there are now over 100 sellers, selling a vast array of eco-friendly products that are searchable by categories such as bathroom or kitchen, or by categories such as vegan or palm oil-free, making it a convenient user-friendly one-stop-shop for buyers. What’s more, all sellers are carefully vetted to make sure that Born-Eco brings you only the best eco-friendly products available.
The eco marketplace isn’t just convenient for buyers: it’s free for sellers, with Born-Eco committed to zero fees for sellers for the rest of 2020. So if you are a seller of handmade eco-friendly goods, then Born-Eco is definitely worth checking out.
Here’s a little peek at what you can find on Born-Eco’s virtual shelves. Some of these products would make an easily postable gift for an eco-conscious friend celebrating a birthday in lockdown.
Born-Eco’s bestsellers include :
This plastic-free scourer (£3.99) as an alternative to plastic kitchen scouring pads.
And these cute recycled glass birds (£6), which would make a lovely gift for someone special.
It’s easy to see why these items are top sellers, not least because of the affordability of the products on Born Eco – it all feels very budget-conscious which I’m sure most people can appreciate right now, more than ever.
I would add the following to my top picks:
Plastic-free party bag (£5) – this is a clever idea for kids parties – it’s lovely to see alternatives to the traditional party bag out there.
This reusable sandwich bag (£6.50) for lunches and snacks on the go.
And this reusable paperless kitchen towel (£4.50), for a reusable alternative to kitchen paper.
You can visit Born-Eco via their website to check out their full range of eco-friendly homewares, accessories, gifts, and more. You can also check out their really useful blog full of eco news and ideas, and follow along on either Facebook or Instagram.