Curver – some of Curver’s products (including the Union Jack plastic box in the picture below) are made in the UK, but many of their products are made abroad. You’ll need to check whether the products from this company you are interested in are made in the UK or not, as no country of origin information is given on their website. Curver have a range of products made in the UK, in Redruth in Cornwall, but most are foreign made. It will be best to check the packaging itself as the company’s staff are not very knowledgeable about where their products are made. For example, they told me that they manufacture all the 5, 20 and 40 litre Deco bins in the UK, whereas currently the 50 litre Deco and the Duo Deco recycling bins are manufactured in Europe. I ordered a 5L Deco bin and when it arrived it was made in Luxembourg so I had to return it – http://www.curver.com
Some of Addis’s plastic products are also still made in the UK; many are manufactured aboard. You’ll need to check whether the products from this company you are interested in are made in the UK or not, as no country of origin information is given on their website. British Family have written about the British made Addis Super Mop and more generally about Addis here. For example, their Roll & Lift up Lid Bins are manufactured in Wales, whereas their toilet brushes are foreign made – http://www.addis.co.uk
Tesco sponge mop and sponge mop heads are made in the UK. Various other products in Tesco are also made in the UK (check the labels) and much of their foodstuffs (again check the label).
Wilko (Wilkinson) sell a good number of quality British made items including various motor oils, car wash liquids, car cleaning sponges, 3-in1 type oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, bicycle cleaners and oils (lubes), bicycle tyre sealant, various paints, dustpan and brushes, plastic containers, washing-up bowls, sink drainers, rubbish bins, mops, DIY fillers, paint roller sets, hand cream, hand cleaning gel, toner, garden bird peanuts, etc. Many of their own brand products are made in the UK. Check the packaging in-store – https://www.wilko.com
You can also find various British made plastic boxes on e-bay.
R. Sankey made both water butts and compost bins, as well as watering cans, water butt connection kits and plastic plant pots (including manufacture of own brand products for others) and said on their website (which is now gone) that they try to make all their products in the UK. You’ll need to check whether the product you want is actually made in the UK. They were part of the Finnish Fishers company until 2013 when they were taken over by Strata Products Limited. Strata were taken over by plastics company the RPC Group in 2015. Now marketed under the Strata name in addition to the Sankey garden products name. Strata also sell plastic baby bath time products and home and office plastic products such as tubs and baskets, plastic storage boxes and buckets. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website and some products may be foreign made, so please check before buying. They have a factory in Nottinghamshire. Strata have acquired various other manufacturers over the years – Panda Plastics Limited (1996), the ‘Ward’ brand (2001), and in 2013 Sankey. As far as I can see these acquired brands and their factories have been closed down, although I did find some Ward Enterprises products online in March 2018 such as a small garden storage box. No indication is given on their website as to which of their products are UK made. Trade only and no information is given on their website as to where you can buy their products. In 2015 Strata became part of the RPC Group who, through various acquisitions, have manufacturing facilities worldwide, including in the UK. RPC Group plc is a packaging and plastics business based in the United Kingdom for industry such as food, non-food, personal care, beverage, healthcare, and technical components. Trade only, they do not say which products are made in the UK on their website but they do have a number of UK manufacturing sites, including watering cans, garden sieves, and garden storage boxes. Best to ask Strata directly if a product is UK made – for example I asked them “Can you tell me if your Garden Sieve is made in the UK please?” to which they quickly responded “Yes this item is made in our Factory in Pinxton Nottinghamshire” – great stuff.
TML Housewares of Birmingham state on their website that their products are “100% British Made”. TML Housewares are a manufacturers of plastic housewares and storage systems for domestic, commercial and industrial use, such as sink drainers, storage boxes, tool trays, mop buckets, and bins. Founded in 2004. I’m not sure where you can buy their products but I did find a few on eBay – https://tmlhw.co.uk
“Garland are manufacturers of innovative, plastic garden products – all designed and manufactured in the UK at our Kingswinford factory using recycled polymer wherever possible” according to their website. They also sell a range of non plastic garden products and I presume these are imported. Garland Products is the company’s garden product division. The company also operates an industrial moulding division, operating as Glendenning Plastics Ltd. They offer a wide range of products such garden sieves, watering cans, water butts, boot tidies, paint trays, propagation trays, and much more. Unfortunately no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so you’ll need to ask before buying – https://www.garlandproducts.com
Weston Boxes colourful plastic storage boxes for artists and crafters are made in the UK. It says on their website “All boxes in the WestonBoxes range are manufactured in the UK from Polypropylene – a recyclable material.” Products are available direct from their website. Weston Boxes belong to SB Weston Ltd, a plastic injection moulding business based in west London, who amongst many other things make poppy components for the Royal British Legion – http://www.westonboxes.com – http://www.sbweston.com
What More UK Limited make plastic storage boxes under the brand name of Wham – http://whatmoreuk.com. Plastic food storage boxes, garden pots, storage boxes, kitchen products, kitchen bowls, kitchen drainers, bins, laundry products, bathroom products, laundry baskets and so on. Their British made laundry baskets come in practical durable plastic – round and rectangular laundry (washing) baskets and tall round laundry bins. Many of this companies products are made in the UK, in Lancashire, but not all and many of their products are foreign made. Their brushware and clothes lines are imported. The Cuisine 400ml Screw Top Beaker is made in China. There under bed lidded boxes are made in abroad in Europe and the UK. Their toilet brushes are all foreign made. Check if what you want is made in the UK. Thanks Rich for letting me know about these. Rich found them in Tesco. They are also available on other shops and through online retailers. What More UK say they are the UK’s largest manufacturer of quality plastic household & storage products. In 2017 What More purchased the brand name and moulds of TSR Plastics Ltd of Northamptonshire, including their B-Line and Kiddyland brands, but not their factory which I assume has now closed.
Whitefurze say on their About page “All our products are manufactured at our facility in Nuneaton”. The Whitefurze product range includes food storage, general storage, housewares and gardening storage containers. For example, their F0310 0.4 L Beaker and Lid is made in the UK, as are their food storers (tupperware). The company was founded in 1978. All their products are made in Nuneaton Coventry, by a company called Langstone Plastics. Their extensive range includes kitchen bins, waste paper baskets, laundry baskets, laundry bins, clothes hangers, step stools, dish drainers, draining mats, sink tidies, kitchen roll holders, vegetable racks, colanders, trays, buckets, bowls, mop buckets, plastic storage boxes, food storers, jugs, bowls, microwave food covers, funnels, ice cube trays, mixing bowls, cake boxes, garden planters, garden pots, garden accessories, watering cans, pet bowls, pet carriers, pet scoops, cat litter trays, etc – all made in England. Interestingly my Whitefurze ice cube tray does not say made in UK on it, so I suspect that odd Whitefurze product is foreign made, so it’s worth checking before buying – http://www.whitefurze.net
Satco Plastics Ltd is a leading UK manufacturer of quality Plastic Microwaveable Containers. Satco Plastics Ltd are renowned for their tough, durable microwavable containers with very easy openable lids. The company was established in 2006 and manufactures plastic & foil containers in their plant in Dunstable, Bedfordshire using state of the art machinery using food grade materials to produce hygienic plastic containers, plastic cups and foil containers in a wide range of sizes. Trade only. Satco plastic containers are used by Chinese take aways amongst others – http://www.satcoplastics.com
Pink Apple Matricpac clear plastic snap-on lid containers for foods (such as Chinese food) are made in the UK. They are available in bulk over the internet, but I cannot find a website for the company.
Shalam Packaging, an Israeli company, opened a UK factory in Basildon in 2009. Shalam Packaging have factories in Israel, South Africa and the UK and some items are made in the UK. They make tubs, food containers, buckets, lids etc for food, cometic, animal feed, supplement and chemical industries – http://www.shalampackaging.com/
Midland Holloware Limited are manufacturers and suppliers of galvanized steel hollowware products. Their product range includes galvanised steel dustbins, garden incinerators, and many general hardware products such as galvanised steel buckets, coal hods, coal bunkers, sack trucks, tar cans, wheelbarrows, metal mop squeeze buckets, composters, paint cans, fireside sets, etc. Established in 1990, they have a factory in Lye, West Midlands. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you’ll need to ask if something you are interested in is British made before buying but on their website they do say “our goods are British made” They also say “Established in 1990, our factory in Lye, West Midlands prides itself on producing quality UK manufactured goods, that also now includes a fully-functional range of ornamental fireside products and traditional brass and bronze buckets” – http://www.midlandholloware.co.uk
Tupperware used be made in the UK (and in other countries such as Australia and Greece). The brand closed down its UK operations in 2003 and, if it is still available in other countries, I assume it is foreign made now.
Cole and Mason used to manufacture in the UK, such as the plastic cutlery below, but looking around their website selling salt and pepper shakers there is no suggestion they make in the UK now and I assume everything Cole and Mason sell these days is foreign made.
Twinco Plastic Mugs (like the one in the picture below) were made in England. I can find no such company on the internet today (28 Feb 2017), so I assume they have closed down. Possibly the same company also the combs also pictured below.
Lifeventure Ellipse Cookware is made in the UK and the range includes a mug, plate, bowl, and cutlery set, in four colours and is BPA free. Lifeventure say “We’re proud to make this vibrant range of original cookware in the UK. The cutlery clicks neatly together and the mugs, bowls and plates can be connected with a karabiner. They’ll withstand the harshest of treatment and a smooth interior makes them easy to clean.” They also do an insulated travel mug with lid. Available online for example at Blacks or Millets or via the Lifeventure website- https://www.lifeventure.co.uk/product/cookware/ellipse-cookware
InHouse make a small but increasing range of handy home innovations which are are currently stocked exclusively in Lakeland stores. Currently they seem to make a squeegee that sicks to tiles or a shower screen with little suckers – useful in order to prevent a build up of lime scale in your shower – and Stikcups which stick shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and so on to tiles using little suction cups. British Family reviewed both products in October 2015. Both products are made in Britain and look very useful. Their website is just a ‘holding page‘ and has been like that since at least June 2015 – http://www.inhouseinnovation.com
www.britishdrainers.co.uk sell British made Dish Drainers, sink baskets and sink mats, plate racks, bathroom tidies, shoe tidies, clothes airers, fruit and vegetable storage stands, milk bottle carriers, wine racks, spice racks and saucepan stands in various designs of mixes of stainless steel, chrome and black or white plastic coating. Country of origin is clearly labeled on their website. Most items are manufactured in the UK, but no all so do check before buying. For example their folding clothes airers are foreign made. British Drainers is a trading name of Legend Cookshops of Kent.
Delfinware is manufactured in Kent, England. Physical and online stockists are listed on their website. They do not supply directly to members of the public. They make wire ware for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and living room – dish drainers, storage racks, wine racks, cutlery racks, utensil racks, radiator hangers, bath trays, oven racks, table stands, milk bottle carriers, plastic trays, shoe racks, stacking shelves, milk order indictors, ironing boards, etc. Various finishes, such as white, black, chrome, grey, etc. Prices shown on their website are trade prices – http://www.delfinware.co.uk
Paradean rotary clothes airers for the garden and Coal Shovels, Hand Shovels, Rakes & Tongs are UK made. “All Paradean Rotary Airers Are Made In The UK at Our Factory In Shropshire” according to their website. “Coal Shovels, Hand Shovels, Rakes & Tongs By Paradean
Manufactured in The UK”. Paradean are UK manufacturers of rotary airers, hand shovels and coal shovels. Formerly known as Matt Pressings, Paradean are based in Ditton Priors, Shropshire. Their website seems to be trade only. their products look great but sadly no information is provided on their website about where to buy their products – https://www.paradean.co.uk
Stewart Garden, originally established in 1945, have a factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Stewart Garden produces grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries and their products are available in garden centres and the like. They import foreign made products too, but their plant pots and the like all appear to be made in England and the products which are UK made are clearly labelled as such. Sadly no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website – http://www.stewart-garden.co.uk
Harold Moore, based in Sheffield, manufacture and supply of injection moulded plastic shovels, scoops, scrapers and other tools that are used in food, cleaning, equestrian, marine, building and other industries, as well as cutlery handles, and snow shifting tools. They say on their website “To retain control of our stringent standards and quality, we continue to manufacture all our products at our UK factory.” Based on this statement it would appear everything they sell is UK made, although as always I advise checking. Country of origin is not given on the products themselves. Multiple quantities only but their products are available on the net, for example at the Hack ‘n’ Tack shop online – http://www.haroldmoore.co.uk
When I was trying to source a British made laundry basket I found the following suppliers:
Applied Thoughts manufacture and import laundry bags, laundry hampers and net bags. Primarily serving the commercial market (nursing homes, schools, hospitals, sports clubs, riding stables, etc.), their range of laundry supplies and bags is also available for online purchase to individuals. On their website they state “many of our products are made in the UK and others are imported…”. They also supply school bags, backpacks, shoulder bags, holdalls, boots bags, cool bags, plastic bags, and laundry trolleys and carts. Unfortunately they do not list country of origin on their websites, so you will need to ask if a particular product is UK made before buying – http://www.washingnet.co.uk/en/
Umpie sell a colourful made in the UK laundry bag.
Robert Scott & Sons supply janitorial, professional and retail cleaning products from buckets, mops, and dishcloths to medical cleaning trolleys and microfibre cloths. I am not sure what proportion of their products are made in the UK and no country of origin information is given on their websites, but they have 5 sites in the UK some of which may be manufacturing sites. On their Facebook about page they say “…we make and sell 410,000 mops per week, and knit 1 million dish cloths per week – all between our 5 mills across Lancashire!” and that they are “the UK’s largest cleaning product manufacturer and supplier”. You need to ask if a product you are interested in is British made – http://www.robert-scott.co.uk – http://www.rochley.co.uk
Rainbow Trugs make Flexible colourful containers – most products are made in Britain. Their Rainbow Trug (with or without a lid) will make a practical laundry basket, perhaps in the 45L size. Rainbow Trugs themselves are flexible colourful plastic containers – made in Britain. Available in 6 sizes and a wide variety of colours. Rainbow Trugs themselves and the Rainbow Trugs lid are made in Britain. Rainbow Trugs are food safe and UV stable. Inside there is a gallons and litres indicator. Some of the other stuff on their website is made abroad though. Look for the Union Flag next to the item’s picture I assume to see what is British made. British made items include Rainbow Trugs, pot stands, Rainbow Trug Riddle, Rainbow Trug lid, Easi Skip Feeders, 3 gallon buckets, Rhino feed buckets, Rainbow feeders and tidy trays.
This company do a colourful laundry bag made in Britain – http://www.originalstitch.co.uk/product/laundry-bag/
The Jet Rest sell very reasonably priced plain coloured travel laundry bags in 3 different sizes. These would also make handy duffle bags and general purpose bags.
Aquapac (waterproof bags and cases) make all of their submersible cases (the cases with the hard grey clamp on) in London. The rest of their products are either made in China or Taiwan. http://store.aquapac.net
P H Coate & Son make willow laundry (linen) baskets and washing baskets.
Cast in Style sell (and possibly make as well; it is not clear from the website) traditional ceiling hung clothes airers. Look for those items marked as British Made. Their products use metal components that are made in Asia, the wood is from Europe and the finished product is assembled in Britain.
Sheila Maid ceiling hung pulley system clothes airers are foreign made. The pulley ropes they sell are made in the UK and they also sell some metal animal shaped clothes airers that are made in the UK and some UK made log gloves, but everything else is foreign made.
Clothesmaid ceiling clothes airers are foreign made but assembled in the UK. They do sell a few UK made products including British made clothes lines, a British made wooden zig zag clothes horse, a British made extendable wooden clothes line prop, and a British made 2 pair wellie holder.
Aerende sell a British made wooden zig zag clothes horse. Aerende say on their website “All of our products are created in the UK by people facing social challenges.” They also sell things like soap, beakers, hot water bottle covers, tea towels, duvet covers, aprons, cushions, bowls, candles, and suchlike.
Turner & Harper say on their website “Our brushes are made by hand, in Buckinghamshire, by sixth generation brush makers who have been in business for over one hundred and fifty years.” They sell exclusive dustpans and brushes, brooms, back brushes, nail brushes, clothes brushes and bannister brushes – http://turnerandharper.bigcartel.com/products
Hill Brush / Salmon have a large UK factory, so at least some but but not all their products are made in the UK and for example their shoe brushes foreign made. Hill Brush is one of only a few UK manufacturers of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools, but unfortunately they do not bother to supply country of origin information on their website so you will need to ask them directly whether a specific product you want is UK made or not – http://www.hillbrush.com
R.Russell make specialist brushes to order in Chesham, England. At one point they produced mainly paper-hanging brushes and dusting brushes for painters but that market has now moved to China and they say they have “managed” their “decline since then” and are now a much smaller company making items such as bannister brushes, brooms, multi-purpose brushes and computer keyboard brushes. You can read more about the company here. Their website completely fails to tell you where you can buy their products and it is hard to know why companies like this make it so hard to buy their stuff! You might try Labour and Wait – http://www.russellbrush.co.uk
Bentley Brushware (Charles Bentley and Son Ltd) have some products manufactured in the UK (such as their cupcakes range of brushes, and a snow shovel), but only have factories in Sri Lanka and China and no longer have their own UK factory. Some products do carry a made in Britain logo, but Bentley Brushware appear to be primarily an importer these days – http://www.bentleybrushware.co.uk
Dub’l-Lif specialises in the manufacture of a range of sturdy, quality products for use in agriculture, road surfacing, sporting facilities, equestrian/small holding, emergency services and the construction industry. They are known for their squeegees, scrapers and also make boot wipers, boot scrapers, and telescopic brooms. They at their own site and all products are made in England – http://dubl-lif.co.uk
The Burford Garden Company sell an English made broom, a British made dustpan and brush, some British made chinaware and a few other British made items (try putting ‘British’ in the search box on their website) such as some garden furniture, a Tala cook’s measure (Tala have a made in England section on their website, but tellingly it is empty!), Haws watering cans, and English made candles, – http://www.burford.co.uk
Minky (Vale Mill (Rochdale) Ltd.) claim to be the UK’s leading homewares and laundry manufacturer and they state on their website that “most of our products are manufactured here in the UK”. They are by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. They have 4 factories in the UK and another in Germany. Yet they fail to mention country of origin on their website against individual products. All I can suggest is you look for the country of origin label on a product or ask them before buying. They do not mention it on their website, but they do also have products made for them in China. As an example they clearly state on their website “all our ironing boards and covers are manufactured in Lancashire” yet their Minky Table Top ironing board is actually made in China, as British Family discovered and write about here. I have a Minky ironing board and it is of very good quality, but whilst most of their products may be manufactured in the UK, not all are, and you will have to be careful in choosing a British made Minky product – http://www.minky.com
Environmental Hygiene Products Ltd (EHP) in Tain, near Inverness in Scotland is one of the largest sackholder manufacturers in the UK and a major supplier of bins to the NHS. They manufacture in the UK. On their website they say “…all EHP clinical waste bins and sack holders … are manufactured by EHP in the UK”. Trade only – http://www.ehpl.net
Established in 1924, Linton Metalware in Birmingham is a leading UK manufacturer of litter and cigarette end bins. They are a manufacturer of their own products but also sell products made by others including some British made products such as EHP sack holders (see above) and some foreign made products such as Brabantia bins. Trade only – http://www.linton.co.uk
MGB Plastics is an injection moulding company based in Rotherham, Yorkshire. They are “the UK’s Leading Manufacturer of Wheelie Bins” and they have the words “made in Great Britain” on their website front page (MGB). On their brochure they say “All of our wheeled bins and kitchen caddies are manufactured in the UK”. Trade only. They are part of the One Plastics Group who manufacture in the UK, Ireland and China – http://www.mgbplastics.com
Craemer UK is a manufacturer of plastic wheelie bins, fish boxes, storage and transport containers and plastic pallets. They are a supplier to Local Authorities as well as the environmental, logistics & manufacturing industries. German owned, they have factories in Germany (metal forming and processing), Slovakia (metal plant) and an injection moulding plant in Telford, West Midlands, England. They make plastic pallets and wheelie bins in the UK. Check which products are UK made before purchasing. Some of their plastic products may be foreign made, as only some have the Made in Britain marque next to them on their website – http://www.craemer.com/uk/craemer-uk-home/
Straight Ltd manufacture some of their waste and recycling containers in the UK. According to their website “We produce more than 75% of what we sell at this site” in Hull (which was previously Powell Plastics). British made products include for example their EcoSort Recycling System indoor recycling bins for workplaces, food waste caddies (for local councils – distributed to private households), kerbside recycling boxes, wheelie bins, water butts, etc. Trade only – http://www.straight.co.uk
“William Say & Co Limited incorporated in 1930, is now well respected manufacturer of tin products. All of our manufacturing takes place at our site situated in the heart of the UK” (from their website 16/1/17). They have a manufacturing facility in central London and manufacture tin cans for many industries. Their sister company, P. Wilkinson Containers Ltd based at the same site in London, sells metal and plastic containers, some of which they make themselves in the UK and some of which are imported – http://www.wsay.co.uk – http://www.pwcon.co.uk
HS French Flint specialise in supplying glass bottles and jars to the Food and Beverage industry and they say on their website “over 70% of our glass bottles and jars are made in the U.K.” with the rest being imported. Trade only. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website so you will need to ask for British made – http://www.frenchflint.com
H&O Plastics (RL Plastics Ltd) of Merseyside are a UK manufacturer of plastic containers such as buckets, pails, screw top plastic containers, plastic jerry cans, large plastic containers with clip on lids, UN Containers, heavy duty buckets with lids, UN Approved Open Top Drums, wet wipe containers and lids with inserts, tamper evident containers, side handle buckets, fire buckets, etc. On their website they have a logo with the words “UK Manufacturer”. However, country of origin is not given against individual products on their website and no information is given on their website to indicate if all or only some of their products are UK made and as such you will need to ask before buying. Trade and retail, small and large quantities and no minimum order (you can order just one item if you like). All of H&O Plastics’ products are made from food grade material and are heavy duty. Products do appear to be made in the UK, for example they describe their plastic fire buckets as “Manufactured at our Birkenhead production site” – http://buybuckets.co.uk
Kingsley Plastics supply GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) Kiosks, GRP Covers, GRP Cabinets, GRP Enclosures and Gas Meter Boxes to the Gas, Electrical, Transport and Services Industries. They say on their website they have a “manufacturing HQ in North Devon, with additional GRP manufacturing bases in Somerset, Wales, and Scotland”. I don’t know whether all their products are UK made, although it appears so, so do check before buying – http://www.kingsleyplastics.co.uk
“MeterBox the brand is owned by DKM Sheet Metal. All the MeterBox products shown on this site are manufactured by DKM at their 10,000 square foot production facility at Stonehouse in the historic English county of Gloucestershire.” They make gas, electric and water meter boxes. They website carries the (old) Made in Britain logo – http://www.meterbox.co.uk
Protec Temporary Protection Products (covering to stop paint and debris) for the home and commercial sectors say on their website that they are a “UK manufacturer and supplier”. A number of the products they sell are British made and carry the Made in Britain logo, making their British made products clearly distinguishable from their foreign made products on their website. Products include those for floor protection, door protection, stair protection, kitchen protection, appliance protection, bathroom protection, glazing protection, corner protection, man hole protection, and meter box protection. Many of their products are foreign made but those that are British made are clearly labelled as such on their website – https://www.protection.co.uk
Metal Box, founded in 1921, was the third largest packaging company in the world in its heyday. Since then locations like Worcester, Neath and many more have closed down. There is still a research and development facility in Wantage (Grove). It’s successor company Crown Cork (Crown Holdings, Inc a USA company who purchased CarnaudMetalbox in 1996) still have 5 locations in the UK – Sutton (making aerosol cans), Botcherby (making beverage packaging), Wisbech (making food cans), and Carlisle and Mansfield (making speciality packaging). Other production is now abroad. CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMB Engineering), also part of Crown Holdings Inc, designs, develops and manufactures metal forming and finishing machinery for the production of beverage, food and aerosol cans. They are based in Shipley, West Yorkshire but I can’t tell from their website if they have any production facilities there or not – https://www.crowncork.com