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Waitrose food labelling scam – Waitrose supermarkets stops telling customers where their products are made

Waitrose logo Dec 2015

I am deeply disappointed with Waitrose / John Lewis because they no longer label where all their own brand foods and other products come from, either on the products themselves or on their website.

I was in Waitrose in Reading the other day (27th October 2015) and as usual checked the packaging of what I was buying to make sure it was made or grown in the UK and I noticed that Waitrose no longer put country of origin on all their products.

I suppose this was to be expected as John Lewis have been failing to label country of origin on many of their products for a while, but disappointing because Waitrose / John Lewis profess their support for British farmers and British manufacturers and because as a customer I want to know where what I am buying is made. There is I understand generally no legal requirement to say where goods are from, but as a consumer the lack of information and hence lack of choice now being offered by Waitrose / John Lewis is a let down.

Examples of Waitrose own brand products with no country of origin given anymore are:

  • Waitrose Sweet and Salty Popcorn.
  • Waitrose Rich Coffee Roast (see photographs below).
  • Waitrose Essential Macaroni.

Up until recently all Waitrose products, like those in other supermarkets, always stated country of origin. I am at a loss to see why Waitrose would change that, given that they are a British firm and claim to support Great Britain and their local communities.

Presumably those products with no country of origin labelling are now being made abroad, yet Waitrose customers undoubtedly think, because Waitrose have a Royal Warrant and because they say you support British manufacturing and British farming, that they will be made in Britain. This is very misleading, and it amounts to a scam to mislead their customers.

I want to buy goods that are designed, manufactured or assembled, or grown in the UK, or preferably all of these; with raw materials sourced here too where possible and packaged in the UK using UK made packaging; and with provenance clearly labeled.

Waitrose / John Lewis can work to support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing their carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying and selling British.

Of course I recognise that international trade is vital to the UK and that trade is a two way street. I don’t advocate protectionism and there is nothing wrong with buying products from abroad. I just want Waitrose / John Lewis to return to clear labelling so customers have a choice.

I want to make informed decisions about what I buy, and I’m interested in the provenance and sustainability of products. Local sourcing plays a part in that, and I’m proud to support quality British manufacturing and British farmers. Sadly, as Waitrose is my favourite supermarket, I will not be able to buy much in there now because of the lack of labelling and my money will be spent elsewhere.

Can consumers influence greedy retailers to make changes for the better? I don’t know but I would ask Waitrose / John Lewis to go back to their previous policy of clear labelling please.

I wrote to Waitrose with my concerns on 28th October 2015. They replied promptly saying they would get back to me, which they have now done. They say “that, when deciding whether or not to include country of origin we take the following in to account:

– Whether it is a legal requirement to do so, as with Beef for example. We display country of origin labelling on all meat and meat products we sell.
– Whether there is a specific policy to do so (such as with dairy, where we are currently reviewing the information we show).
– Whether the products packaging or style may indicate a geographical location, but the product is produced elsewhere – such as an Italian ‘style’ ready meal that has been produced int he UK.”

This is all very confusing and unclear.  Please join me in pushing Waitrose to go back to labelling country of origin on everything. Ask at Customer Service next time you are in store (show them a product and ask where it was made and why that is not labeled) and write to Waitrose to complain.  Please do not be buy any Waitrose own brand products that do not say where they are made on them.  Thank you for your support. Waitrose, please stop misleading your customers.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made. This coffee used to be clearly labelled as processed and packed in the UK. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Label view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection - again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection – again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection. Label detail view - again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection. Label detail view – again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product. Photograph by author.

Some products (residual lines perhaps) are still labelled with country of origin, such as the Waitrose toilet roll below.

Waitrose Essential uktra soft bathroom tissue white - labelled “Produced in the UK”.

Waitrose Essential ultra soft bathroom tissue white – labelled “Produced in the UK”. Photograph by author.

Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes

This article on British made clothes is very comprehensive – please give it a few seconds to load. You may wish to use ‘find on page’ to help you look for something in particular.

I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.

Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.

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A response from John Lewis is a very heartening read! – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming

A response from John Lewis is a very heartening read! – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming.

An update on John Lewis’s progress in buying more British goods from the British Family. JLP have delivered (and indeed it seems exceeded) on their promise to stock more British made goods. This article from the British Family gives you the detail and as James & Emily point out “his seems to be driven by a consumer demand for items made in the UK, which is exactly what needs to happen”. Well done JLP.

British Made Christmas Gift Guide 2013 – Great Places to buy UK Made Christmas Presents

10 reasons for giving British made gifts this Christmas:

  1. Helping preserve the future of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
  2. You know where what you are buying is coming from.
  3. You are preserving and creating jobs for British workers.
  4. You are bestowing a gift that does not have a massive carbon footprint.
  5. It gives you the chance to buy something of quality that will last.
  6. You are encouraging others to buy British.
  7. You are helping people to realise that we do still make many wonderful things in the UK.
  8. You are being patriotic.
  9. British factories have ethical hygienic production, fair wages & decent working conditions.
  10. You are helping ensure future security of supply.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. Please support UK industry by buying British.

I’m afraid that you are simply making excuses if you say that you can’t find anything UK made – It has never been easier to find products made in Britain and they don’t have to be expensive. Don’t just rely on the High Street (although I encourage you to buy British made gifts you find in High Street shops); use the internet to research UK made gifts.

You’ll have to be careful to check the provenance of your gifts; there’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in a way that misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK.

Anything manufactured Britain, for example any the items listed on this website or elsewhere, will make a good present. Here are some further suggestions of where you might get British made gifts this Christmas (in no particular order):

Maiden Dorset candles are made in England – http://www.maidendorset.co.uk

http://www.emmelinesimpson.co.uk – contemporary gifts celebrating British cities such as Oxford, London, Bristol and Bath. All items are made in Britain.  Made in the UK coasters, tea towels, mugs, placemats, tea pots, calendars, notecards, etc. Note though that Emmeline Simpson mugs are imported from China then decorated in England.

Emmeline Simpson Oxford Bridge of Sighs coaster. Made in Britain.

Emmeline Simpson Oxford Bridge of Sighs coaster. Made in Britain.

http://www.campbellcole.co.uk – men’s accessories made in England. One of my favourite items is the beautiful made in England key wrap.*

CAMPBELL COLE - KEY WRAP - Made in England.

CAMPBELL COLE – KEY WRAP – Made in England.

Beautiful adult or children’s aprons from http://www.thesundaygirlcompany.co.uk

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Deliciously Dotty Retro Red Sweetheart Adult Apron by Sunday Girl. Made in Britain.

Mamnick. Gifts, clothing, cycle stuff for men (and women). Shirts, t-shirts, socks, jackets, shoes, pocket squares, a foul weather wallet / pouch, penknives, hip flasks, and other Sheffield Steel items such as a chip fork, money clip, card holder, cycling trouser clip (with a hole to attach it to your key ring when not in use), bracelets, key rings, etc. Products manufactured in the UK and Japan. Available from their website and they also have a shop in Tokyo. Country of origin is clearly labelled on their website. Also Mamnick 42.21 steel road summer or winter steel road bicycle frames are handmade in Derbyshire, England, using Reynolds 531 lightweight tubing. Some Mamnick products are also, sold by Campbell Cole. Mamnick 42.21 frames are also available at Vernon Barker Cycles. There’s a fascinating interview with Thom Barnett of Mamnick here – http://www.mamnick.com

Raw Leather Workshop – James Bradshaw (of British Family fame) hand makes rugged leather accessories in Britain and they are available from Folksy – http://www.rawleather.co.uk.  You can also find other great British made gifts at Folksy – http://folksy.com*

Raw Leather Hand Stitched Wallet or Card Case (Saddle Tan). Made in England.

Raw Leather Hand Stitched Wallet or Card Case (Saddle Tan). Made in England.

Tulip and Nettle children’s clothes are all made in England and will make lovely Christmas gifts – http://www.tulipandnettle.com

Britain’s last-remaining volume teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythoughthas been handmaking the quintessential English teddy bear in Shropshire for over 80 years. For example this lovely Shrewsbury bear would make a great present – http://www.merrythought.co.uk

Merrythought Shrewsbury Bear. Made in England.

Merrythought Shrewsbury Bear. Made in England.

Reefer Sails products are all designed and manufactured in England and will make great Christmas gifts, for example their children’s crabbing kits in a recycled sailcloth carry bag or for adults perhaps one of their smartphone cases – http://www.reefersails.com

Vinnie & D sell a wonderful selection items by individual designers and contemporary artists all based in Great Britain and most of their products are made in Great Britain too and many will make great gifts. Gifts, home furnishings, jewellery ,art, stationery and produce. If it does not say something is made in Britain on this site, then it probably is not, so do check before buying – http://www.vinnieandd.com

If you’ve got plenty of cash to spare (which you probably haven’t!) or for your business, how about a made in Britain jukebox from http://www.classicjukeboxes.co.ukFor more musical things please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/organs/

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

http://www.zpm.com – wash bags, shower caps, pencil cases, baby bibs, etc. made in the UK. Please note that some of their items, such as their shopper bags, are foreign made.  Look for the words Made in Britain to get British made.*

ZPM Holiday-Hedgehog-Long-Zip. Made in Britain.

ZPM Holiday-Hedgehog-Long-Zip. Made in Britain.

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/northerngoodsco?ref=l2-shopheader-name – paracord key clips made England.

County Choppers – Exclusive made in Britain chopping boards in the shape of British Ceremonial Counties, made from sustainable anti-bacterial bamboo – http://countychoppers.co.uk

A UK made toaster by Rowlett Rutland perhaps.

Rowlett Rutland Toaster

A Rowlett Rutland Toaster. Made in the UK.

Or a UK made television from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com

http://www.madecloser.co.uk has a great range of British made items to choose from.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com – lots of gifts quite a few of which are made in the UK – look for the words made in Britain or filter to find made in Britain.*

http://www.jojoaccessories.co.uk – made in England headbands, Union Jack flag bags, pencil cases, purses and cushions, etc. Also at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket every Sunday, and on notonthehighstreet.*

Jo Jo Accessories Union Flag cushion. Made in England.

Jo Jo Accessories Union Flag cushion. Made in England.

http://www.anorakonline.co.uk/search/britain – Anorak sell a few British made things – cushions, coasters, pencil cases, purses, picnic blankets, placemats, was bags, tote bags, laundry bags, jotter pads, etc.*

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=dutchy&defaultSearch=GR&search=#_ – Dutchy British produced foodstuffs, drinks and mugs at Waitrose.

http://www.britishchristmasjumpers.com – Christmas themed jumpers made in Britain or Christmas themed clothing from Josery (with designs that can be removed after Christmas) – http://www.josery.com/mens_christmas_jumpers.html

http://ohyo.me – A made in England Ohyo collapsible water bottle would make a useful gift.

How about some darts or even a dartboard from Harrows Darts. Harrows Darts is the world’s leading and most widely distributed darts brand and the only darts brand maintaining production in England. If buying Harrows darts accessories and such items please check these are UK made, as I am not sure  – http://www.harrows-darts.com*

Harrows Darts

Harrows Darts.  Made in England.

Retriever Sports (Pentathlon, Amazon, and Elkadart brands) darts, dart flights, dart barrels, dart shafts and dart accessories are all produced at their factory in England. You can ask them for your nearest stockist or your can find their products online –http://www.retrieversports.com

Bulls Eye Darts are all made in the UK. Available on their website – http://www.bullseyedarts.co.uk

There is a possibility that some Target darts are made in the UK, as I have read on the net that they have production facilities in China and the UK. I have written to the company to clarify this, as their About and FAQ parts of their website do not work. The photograph on this website shows a packet of Target darts as having been made in China, so do check before buying.

Winmau darts and dart boards are apparently made in Kenya. They do not giving any information about country of manufacture on their website. Winmau are owned by Nodor who also do not give any information about country of manufacture on their website and presumably all their manufacturing is also abroad. Unicorn darts and dart boards are apparently made in China.

Made in England wooden toys by Croglin Designs.

UK made handbag tidies, tissue covers and purse security bells from Sandi Bags– http://www.sandibags.com*

Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags made in England – http://www.susiefaulks.co.uk

Love Lammie also specialises in oilcloth handbags, as well as homeware and accessories, all made in the UK – http://www.lovelammie.co.uk

Perhaps an elegant umbrella for a Christmas gift from http://www.foxumbrellas.com – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/umbrellas/ for more British made umbrellas.

Or a lovely mug from http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/pottery/ for more British made mugs.

Talisker is the only single-malt whisky made in Skye and would make a good present for someone.  Available in Tescos.

Nyetimber make fine English sparking wines (great for the Christmas celebrations or as a present). Available for example in Waitrose  – http://nyetimber.com

Nyetimber blanc de blancs. Made in England.

Nyetimber blanc de blancs. Made in England.

Or what about a lovely made in England soap related gift from Lush.

How about a British made adult or child bicycle or tricycle from http://www.pashley.co.uk – for more British made bikes and cycling equipment please see – https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/bicycles/

http://limandalimanda.co.uk – Coastal & nautical themed home accessories and gifts ~ cushions, tide clocks, notice boards, chalk boards, key rings, and Christmas decorations. All their products are made and designed in North Yorkshire.

DreamGB have a lovely British made recycled wool rug*, as well as British made Christmas gifts for kids and lots of other British made items which will make great gifts – http://www.dreamgb.co.uk

Recycled wool rug at Dream GB. Made in Great Britain.

Recycled wool rug at Dream GB. Made in Great Britain.

Solway Blankets blankets, throws, baby blankets and picnic blankets are made in all made in British mills and would make wonderful gifts for all ages  – http://www.solwayblankets.co.uk. For more blankets please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/blankets/

How about a fab pair of British made Union Jack slippers (or any of their designs really) from Triggerfish – for more British made shoes, boots and trainers please see – https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/english-shoes-ten-brands-still-made-in-britain/*

Triggerfish Union Jack - navy / red slippers. Made in England.

Triggerfish Union Jack – navy / red slippers. Made in England.

A lovely made in Britain scarf from http://www.miel-b.co.uk*

miel b King George scarf. Made in Britain.

miel b King George scarf. Made in Britain.

A made in the UK accessory pouch from http://www.bigxtop.com/product/accessory-pouch

iftys.com – Iftys is an online store that specialises in selling British made luxury products.

Map Marketing Limited have a production facility in Devon and make large printed wall maps, educational tools, postcode maps, digital and bespoke maps, and map gifts, for example a jigsaw puzzle map centred on your home at http://www.mapmarketing.com/map-gifts-best-sellers/customised-map-jigsaw-puzzle_ct295pd299.htm. They do not make everything they sell themselves, so please do check before buying that what you want is actually made in Britain.

Want a gift for your pet?  Please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/pet-products/*

https://thingsbritish.co.uk – Gift shops where everything is designed and handcrafted in Great Britain. They have stores in London in Carnaby Street and St Pancras Railway Station and some items are available on their website. I visited the St Pancras store yesterday (8.12.13) and it is filled with reasonably priced wonderful British made gifts. Jewellery, technology cases, mugs, cups and saucers, passport holders, card holders, stationery, greetings cards, scarves, t-shirts, children’s wear, bags, satchels, clothing, luggage labels, coasters, pet accessories, English Handmade Soap, and much more; at affordable prices and all handcrafted in Britain. This is a must visit gift shop for tourists and anyone who lives in the UK.*

I love London travel card holder at Things British.

I love London travel card holder at Things British.  Made in Great Britain.

Things British gift shop in St Pancras railway station, London. Photograph by author.

Things British gift shop in St Pancras railway station, London. Photograph by author.

Next door to the Things British shop in St Pancras you’ll find a Smart Turnout shop.  Quite a few of the items in this menswear shop are British made, for example their cricket caps, some of their jumpers and some of their scarves.

Burford Woodcraft is a shop in Burford in the Cotswolds selling just British made wood products. They have an eclectic and innovative collection of wooden and wood related products such as cabinets, sculptures, bowls and platters, jewellery boxes, desk accessories, kitchenware, notebooks, bookmarks, wooden onions, wooden glasses, greeting cards, games and toys all made in the UK. Selected products are also available from their website. It says at the top of the front page of their website “Quality Products, Handmade in Britain” – http://www.burford-woodcraft.co.uk

Burford Woodcraft shop in Burford. Photograph by author.

Burford Woodcraft shop in Burford. Photograph by author.

How about a handsome British made tie? For example from http://tinaloder.co.uk/ties2013 – entirely made in England ties.

Or a beautifully made tie from Cavenagh London – http://www.cavenaghties.co.uk.  These top quality ties are all made in the UK (using Italian silk) and prices start at just £10 a tie.*

Cavenagh Ties. Made in England.

Cavenagh Ties. Made in England.

Or how about a made in England silk cravat from http://www.cravat-club.com

The whole Merchant Fox collection is made in Britain and includes so many beautiful items – http://www.themerchantfox.co.uk.  For example this beautiful Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant.

Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant. Made in England.

Merchant Fox – Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant. Made in England.

According to this article by the Grey Fox in the Guardian, a recent survey found that men prefer underwear to gimmicky gifts. So why not buy your man British made underwear? For example from British Boxers by DAP Squared, Cock and Bull, Burtonwode, Daniel Jenkins, or Kiniki. There’s actually a wide choice out there of British made underwear and swimwear for both men and women – please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/pants-and-knickers-british-made-underwear-for-men-and-women/

British Boxers. British made.

British Boxers. British made.

Super British made socks as a gift in wool, cotton, alpaca from http://www.jarbon.comYou can find many more British made socks here.

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 - 80% British wool /20% nylon. Made in Britain.

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 – 80% British wool /20% nylon. Made in Britain.

Or perhaps a British made alpaca scarf from http://www.plumoflondon.com (their entire range of knitwear for men, women and children is British made; the alpaca is sourced from Peru).

How about a made in England box framed memo board / key hanger board by Beautiful and Useful which are available at Things British or via the Beautiful and Useful website – http://www.beautifulanduseful.co.uk*

Ticking - Key Hanger Boards. Made in England

Ticking – Key Hanger Boards. Made in England

A lovely handmade clutch bag or purse from Sew Good Bags; available at Things British – http://www.sewgoodbags.com*

Or handmade fridge magnet pegs by The Home Made Haven; available at Things British –http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHomemadeHaven?ref=shop_name_search_sugg*

The Velvet Co put together gift boxes which contain luxury products made in the UK – http://www.thevelvet.co

I hope you find this gift guide enjoyable and useful. There are so many quality British made items and it was difficult to know what to feature in this article. Do have a look around the rest of my site.  Thanks.

Also please buy British made Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and Christmas cards, for example at:

Deck the Halls British made Christmas decorations – http://www.deck-the-halls.co.uk*

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

Happy & Glorious sell British made Christmas tree decorations, as well as lots of other British made gift items. Everything on the Happy & Glorious site is made in the UK – http://www.happyglorious.co.uk*

Shakspeare Glass make contemporary blown glass in Somerset, England, including beautiful Christmas baubles – http://shakspeareglass.co.uk*

BAUBLE-250-RUBY-PAIR. Made in England by Shakspeare Glass

BAUBLE-250-RUBY-PAIR. Made in England by Shakspeare Glass

Victoria Armstrong ceramics and stationery all made in England. Much of it is dog themed. It says on their website “Using traditional, hand-made methods, our dog-themed, ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries. Our mugs and jugs are made from the best Cornish clay and our Christmas baubles from the finest English Bone China. Our stationery collection is made in Wiltshire and Kent and uses high quality, responsibly sourced board which is FSC approved” – http://www.victoriaarmstrong.co.uk

Designed and made in Britain, a Timba Tree is a wonderful sustainable alternative Christmas tree – http://www.timbatree.co.uk

ChristmasTimeUK sell an artificial pencil Christmas tree at http://www.christmastimeuk.com/display_details.php?category=&cat=1&code=011-19359&type=&brand=

You can also get a British grown real Christmas tree easily, but do check where it is grown, that the trees on the farm are sustainably managed and consider a tree with roots so you can plant it in the garden after Christmas.

All of the green gables products are made in Britain, such as their Christmas cards and gift wrap.

Nancy & Betty Studio sell a range of British made greetings cards, gift wrap, notelets, and Christmas crackers. They say on their website “All of our goods are proudly made in Great Britain, including the envelopes and presentation boxes”. Available from their website, in various well known stores and elsewhere online for example at Unique and Unityhttp://www.nancyandbetty.com

Why not tie up your Christmas presents with Twool sustainable twine (and re-use it later).*

You can get British made Christmas crackers from Simply Crackers, the only company I know of making Christmas crackers in the UK. Simply Crackers  is the trading name of Wheatley of Nottingham who manufacture crackers for all occasions. They say on their website “for your peace of mind ALL our crackers are produced at our Christmas cracker factory in Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, UK” – http://www.simplycrackers.co.uk

You can find British made tinsel at http://www.dreamgb.co.uk/seasonal/christmas-gifts/british-made-tinsel-detail* This quality tinsel is made in Wales by Festive.*

British made tinsel by Festive

British made tinsel by Festive Productions Limited

Waitrose (and John Lewis) sell British made wrapping paper, but you’ll have to buy instore as country of origin is not listed on their website.*  Marks and Spencer Christmas wrapping paper is made in Britain, but again you’ll have to buy instore as country of origin is not listed on their website.* Sainsbury sell British made wrapping paper; sensibly they do state country of origin online so you can safely buy online or instore.*

Some shops, like House of Fraser and Paperchase, only sell Chinese made Christmas wrapping paper, but you will be able to find British made wrapping paper in most other shops – just check the country of origin on the packaging.

Some Christmas cards, like those from Marks and Spencer, Cancer Research, and Tesco are usually made in China. Some cards do not state country of origin on the back (and we have to assume these are foreign made) but most give country of origin.

Most shops have British made Christmas cards – just check the country of origin on the back of the card. For example, Woodmansterne greetings cards are all designed and printed in England (the RSPB charity Christmas cards I am giving this year are made by Woodmansterne) or Heavenly Creatures by the Almanac Gallery Christmas cards (part of the Great British Card Company) are printed in the UK or Christmas cards by the green gables are made in Britain. Pony Poo Christmas cards are made in the UK (from pony poo!). Emma Burningham Christmas cards and Christmas gift wrap are manufactured in the UK. Oxfam Christmas cards (at least all those I have seen) are made in the UK. Emotional Rescue and On-The-Ceiling personalised cards are all made in the UK and can be purchased online at TheDogsDoodahs.com. Another online company that makes their personalised cards in the UK (in Guernsey) is Moonpig.

For more information on British made cards and suppliers please see:

Buy British made cards – support Britain

When buying your diary or calendar for 2014, please buy one that is made in the UK – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/british-made-diaries/ for British made diaries and calendars.

If you have more ideas for Christmas gifts, please feel free to leave a comment.

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John Lewis to ‘repatriate’ textile manufacturing in made in Britain push – Telegraph

John Lewis to ‘repatriate’ textile manufacturing in made in Britain push – Telegraph.

I originally saw this on the Tumblr blog by Spoke – http://spokefit.com – https://twitter.com/spokefit – Spoke have their men’s trousers made in London, England and the prices are reasonable.  Made using mostly Italian components.*

*Having looked at the spoke website and blog again today (22/11/14) I can find no reference to any of their products being made in England and on Facebook it says they are made in Europe, so this is wrong.  Spoke clothes appear to be foreign made after all, although they do say they use some British fabrics.

It would be nice if JLP really does increase their proportion of British made products they sell. If they can bring more textile manufacture back to the UK in doing so all the better.

Disappointingly John Lewis do not always label their products with the country of origin and where this is the case the products in question are foreign made.  JLP still have quite a way to go, as most of the products in their stores are foreign made.

The article also mentions “on-shoring” by other companies, including:

  • Topshop giving more work to British suppliers.
  • DFS increasing its UK production.
  • Hornby planning to make a new range of Airfix kits in Newhaven, East Sussex.
  • And online bathroom company Bathrooms.com giving more work to British suppliers.

Long may this trend continue.

 

British Made Blankets and Throws – Hainsworth Textiles and Scarlet and Argent / John Lewis Blankets / Melin Tregwynt Mill / Witney Blankets / etc.

Founded in 1783 Royal Warrant holders A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. manufacture a wide range of wool and textile products for both home and international markets. Best known for manufacturing the scarlet cloth from which the Queen’s guards uniform is made, Hainsworth manufacturers – protective fabric for fire services and military personnel; snooker and pool cloth; woollen coffins; car headlining cloth for the likes of Jaguar, Austin and Bentley; blankets; Newmarket horse blankets; interior fabrics; curtain fabric; military uniform cloth; ceremonial uniform dress cloth; tribal blankets; textiles for the theatre and cinema industries; specialised industrial cloth such as biscuit cloth, a woollen baize used for conveying biscuits; academic scarf cloth; blazer fabric; fabric for clothes making; fabric for making into re-enactment clothing; uniform caps; hats and badges; hot air balloon fabric; table coverings; floor coverings, hotel blankets; laundry textile products; piano baize for companies like Steinway and Renner; gaming and card table cloth; cabinet linings; etc. As far I can tell all their fabrics are made at their mill in West Yorkshire. Trade but they also have a retail site selling finished products. Hainsworth also manufactures the historic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket, which has iconic status in Canada. I am not sure how much Hainsworth use British wool.

Hainsworth is one of the few companies still making blankets in the UK.

Hainsworth also make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England.

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

http://hainsworth.co.uk/

Hainsworth’s retail site is Scarlet and Argent – http://www.scarletandargent.co.uk

Each Scarlet and Argent piece is created exclusively and entirely in their specialist Yorkshire mill.  Woollen blankets, throws and accessories (cushions, teddy bears and hot water bottle covers) made in England.

What’s the link between one of the oldest textile mills in the UK and the Royal baby? – See more at: http://makeitbritish.co.uk/gifts/what-is-the-connection-between-one-of-the-oldest-textile-mills-in-the-uk-and-the-soon-to-arrive-royal-baby/#sthash.TvXYBwfy.dpuf

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket - grey. Made in England.

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket – grey. Made in England.

John Lewis blankets

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. 2

John Lewis wool holey (cellular) blanket. Made in Britain. 2. Photo by author.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

Some John Lewis blankets are made in Britain. John Lewis is one of the few retailers still selling British made blankets. John Lewis UK made blankets are excellent quality and reasonably priced.

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British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors, pewter-ware and silverware

The United Kingdom and in particular Sheffield, England is world famous for its steel products and contrary to popular belief many fine quality steel products are still manufactured in Sheffield.  There is a wide choice of quality British made kitchen knives, cutlery, pocket knives and scissors available at reasonable prices.  British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors and silverware:-

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