Category Archives: Kitchen Towels

Are there any towels, facecloths and tea towels still made in the UK? Made in Britain Towels and Tea Towels

I am trying to find a flannel (facecloth, wash cloth) that is made in England and it is proving much harder than I expected.  Are there any flannels or towels still made in England or elsewhere in the UK that you know of please? Is anyone actually weaving, dyeing and finishing towels in the UK now? Sadly it seems to me that there are no longer any towel weaving mills left in the UK.

UK made tea towels are readily available and I would strongly encourage that you buy these British made tea towels in preference to foreign made ones. I list some British tea towels sellers and makers here.

Towels wise though, I can find nothing really.

Chortex make no mention of a UK factory on their website and they confirmed to me (on 31st March 2014) that their towels are no longer manufactured in the UK.

Christy towels are now made in India.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

Ashtons were another well known towel maker, with 2 cotton mills in England. Taken over by Courtaulds in 1968 the company now appear to have closed.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK lable detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

Tonder and Tonder have a English made soap bar that comes with a facecloth.  At the top of their website it says “made in England”.  The facecloth too?  I’m afraid not as in fact all Tonder and Tonder towels are made in Turkey.  So, despite it saying made in England on their home page and at the top of every page on their website, not everything at Tonder and Tonder is made in England!  However, some of their products are UK made, including their Bedlinen, Ceramics, and Tablelinen. http://www.tonderandtonder.co.uk/product-category/accessories/facecloths/

With Nature Skincare make these muslin face cloths in the UK – http://www.withnatureskincare.co.uk/epages/f5rjwmzwkkar.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/f5rjwmzwkkar/Categories/Facecare/Muslin_Face_Cloths These are also available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/WithNature-Skincare-Gentle-Muslin-Cloths/dp/B007JKY2XK

Bamboo Textiles Ltd make bath towels, bath sheets, baby towels, flannels (facecloths), baby robes, wash mits, gym towels, and make-up removal towels in the UK; as well as bed linen and baby bed linen. Many of their products are made in the UK (made in the UK products are labelled as such on their website; other foreign made products do not state county of origin) – http://www.bamboo-textiles.co.uk

Bareskin Beauty say their Bamboo Bath Sheet is made in England. I do not know about the country of origin of their other products but I could not see any indication they were British made from their website – https://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

Mine! London sell a nice range of off-the-shelf or bespoke small fleece blankets, cotton towels, cotton face clothes (flannels), cotton baby bibs, and fleece scarves. All the items they sell are labelled on their website as being British made. No information about the method or place of production is given. Items are described as hand-made. Their website features the Made in Britain logo – http://www.minelondon.com

Lancashire Textiles in Burnley seem to suggest on their website that all their Pillows, Mattress Protectors, Mattress Toppers, Towels, Home Accessories, Cushions, Pet Bedding, Bed Linens & Baby Bedding are UK made. I have emailed them to check this is the case (I’ve had no response though!) but I suspect it is only their bedding that is made in the UK and not their towels. Items made in Great Britain are clearly flagged with the Made in Britain logo; other products are foreign made. UK made products from Lancashire Textiles include some of their duvets, pillows, shaped pillows (such as v-shaped pillows), anti-allergy pillows, pillow protectors, some mattress protectors, a limited amount of their bedding, the Cavenagh of London ties they sell, some cushions, some cushion inners, some support cushions, their seat pads, some pet bedding, and their bean bags. Look for the Made in Britain logo on the Lancashire Textiles website; they a good range of Britain made products and they have their own mill in Lancashire. Products are available directly from their website  – http://www.lancashire-textiles.co.uk

Jane Hamerton towels are personalised in England, but the actual towels themselves are foreign made – http://janehamerton.com

Fired Earth

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

Stamford Cuemakers Cue Towels are made in England from 100% cotton according to their website. Available on their website and also on eBay. Cue towels are for snooker / pool and are ideal for wiping down your cue when it gets a bit sticky and might be good for the gym too. Their cues and cue cases are also made in England – http://www.stamfordcuemakers.com

Lancashire Towel Co Ltd (aka the East Lancashire Towel Company) clearly label some of their products on their website as British made and it says on their website that they have (it should say had actually) their own mill. The mill is shown on their website as being in Barrowford Lancashire, whereas their address is given as Nelson, Lancashire.  According to wikipedia the mill in Barrowford Lancashire is now closed and production has been moved abroad. Stocks are limited and this is because these are old stock being sold off after the factory closure in 2009, as the company has told me. They made towels including bathroom towels, kitchen hand towels, in linen / cotton, and cotton, plus roller towel holders but these days production is sadly in Turkey – http://www.towelcompany.co.uk

The Gaddum Group (Gaddum & Gaddum) produce at least some beauty uniforms (their Tempus range) in-house in England and otherwise they add logos to imported clothing and import silks from China. Their towels and robes are foreign made as far as I can gather from their website. Gaddum and Gaddum have a factory in Leek, Staffordshire and manufacture clothing there for others, for example Hugget ladies jackets are made by Gaddum and Gaddum in England – http://www.thegaddumgroup.co.uk

Bard and Brazier towel rails are made in England – http://www.bardbrazier.com

Rutland Radiators heated towel rails are British made – http://www.rutland-radiators.co.uk/bespoke_heated_towel_rails.html

The Beach Towel Clip‘ by JDM Designs Ltd is a polypropylene beach accessory that simply pushes into the sand to stop your beach towel blowing away and is British made. The beach towel clips are manufactured at Form mould & tooling in Haverhill Suffolk UK. The beach towel clips are manufactured 100% in the Suffolk, UK. The cartons are manufactured in Glossop, UK, The assembly and distribution of the beach towel clips is done in the North West of England. On their twitter its says “The official account for http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com the multi award winning 100% UK designed & manufactured beach accessory that stops your towel blowing away.” – http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toilet Rolls (Toilet Tissue), Tissues, Wet Wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel, household clothes and Kitchen Towels produced in the UK

I noticed that on the pack of 4 Andrex toilet rolls I bought the other day (in October 2013) it says “Made in the UK and European Union”. It doesn’t say which!  In the past Andrex was always just made in the UK I think*. So, I suggest you buy a brand that is definitely made in the UK. Most still are, but you should check. The Waitrose own brand Essential range of toilet tissue for example is produced in the UK, as are the Tesco Spring Force and Tesco Luxury Soft ranges of toilet tissue in Tesco. Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes.

Buy British made toilet tissue. Check the packaging carefully and make sure the tissue you are thinking of buying is made in the UK.

* Andrex (part of Kimberly-Clark) inform me that “all ANDREX toilet tissue are manufactured in the UK, except the Andrex Eco which is manufactured in Switzerland”. Good news then it seems for people who like Andrex toilet roll. The labelling is nevertheless very unclear. The same unclear labelling is used for Andrex wet toilet tissues.

Whereas some Kimberly-Clark products, such as the commercial toilet tissues below, are clearly labeled. The commercial toilet tissue below is also made in the UK.

Kimberly-Clark Scott Brnad Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the Uinited Kingdom. Front View.

Kimberly-Clark Scott brand Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the Uinited Kingdom. Front View. Photograph by author.

Kimberly-Clark Scott Brnad Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the United Kingdom. Rear View.

Kimberly-Clark Scott brand Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the United Kingdom. Rear View. Photograph by author.

Also, are your KITCHEN TOWELS made in the UK? The Waitrose Ultra Kitchen Towels I purchased today are but a lot of the kitchen towels on supermarket shelves is not. Please check before buying. Some other Waitrose tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Waitrose Essential Toilet Tissue mentioned above and those items pictured below, but do check carefully before buying – http://www.waitrose.com

Waitrose ultra kitchen towels, white - pack of 2. Made in the UK.

Waitrose ultra kitchen towels, white – pack of 2. Made in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view. Photograph by author.

John Dale Limited is a privately owned manufacturer of a range of high quality branded and private label baby wipes, wet wipes and facial tissues products in the UK – Anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) wipes, baby wipes, wet wipes, facial cleansing wipes, skincare wipes, self tanning wipes and facial tissues. Their modern UK production facility is in North Wales. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, but the website does strongly suggest this is the case. Marketed under names such as John Dale, JD Protects, Cherish, Skin Deep, Baby Dream, Mucky Faces, Duet, Soft, Fleur, Viscount and Countess. Available in good supermarkets and chemists, on their website and elsewhere online (for example on eBay) – http://www.johndale.co.uk

John Dale Anti Viral Hand and Body Sanitising Wipes. Kills 99.99% of Bacteria, alcohol free, dermatologically tested, contains added moisturiser. Manufactured in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands.

JD Protects Anti Viral Hand and Body Sanitising Wipes by John Dale. Kills 99.99% of Bacteria, alcohol free, dermatologically tested, contains added moisturiser. Manufactured in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands and cleans generally.

Deb, founded in 1941produce occupational skin care and hand hygiene products, including their Swarfega brand (hand cleanser and other products) and anti-bacterial hand disinfectants. The company have skin care manufacturing plants in Denby, Derbyshire, UK and in Germany, Canada (2 factories), the USA (2 factories), Australia and Russia. Also they have injection moulding dispenser manufacturing plants in Little Eaton, Derbyshire, UK and one in Canada. So, some Deb products are still manufactured in the UK, whilst more are foreign made. Deb products made in the UK are clearly labelled as such. Look for the Uk made products – http://www.debgroup.com/uk

Deb Stoko Instant Foam Alcohol-based foam hand disinfectant. Made in UK.

Deb Stoko Instant Foam Alcohol-based foam hand disinfectant. Made in UK. Label detail.

Kimo Enterprises Ltd of Ascot, Berkshire make their Big D Travel Wipes in the UK. Strangely they don’t seem to have a website.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK. Rear of packet label view.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK. Rear of packet label view.

Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes are made in the UK, as are some (possibly all?) of their other products such as bar soap and the Cuticura Hand Hygiene range. Cuticura is owned by Keyline Brands Limited, which is itself owned by the Indian Godrej Group.

Banner-Hand-Wipes

Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes. Kills 99.99% of bacteria. Made in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands and cleans generally.

Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes are made in UK, as are their small pocket tissues.

Boots Cleansing Handy Wipes. Made in UK.

Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes. Made in UK. Photo by author.

Boots Soft White pocket tissues, 4 ply tissues. Made in UK.

Boots Soft White pocket tissues, 4 ply tissues. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

You should also buy anti-bacterial hand gel (and soap) that is made in the UK.  For example, and I am sure there are more, Cuticura anti-bacterial hand gel, Enliven hand sanitiser, Bio-D hand sanitiser and Tesco anti-bacterial hand gel.

Enliven Hand Sanitizer Original 500ml. Made in England.

Enliven Hand Sanitizer Original 500ml. Made in England.

Evans Vanodine International was established in 1919 and the company has a factory at Walton Summit, just outside Preston. They manufacture cleaning & hygiene chemicals and have a wide product range. Whether all their products are made in the UK I don’t know, but I have seen their Hands hand sanitiser and it said on the label that it was made in the UK. Check before buying. Products are available through distributors and on sites like ebay and Amazon – http://www.evansvanodine.co.uk

Rose Tissues produce toilet tissue and kitchen towel products in the North West of England. Branded, unbranded & private label. Supplier to wholesale businesses. Possibly all their products are UK made, but do check – http://www.rosetissues.co.uk

Splash Kitchen Towels. Produced in the UK by Rose Tissues.

Splash Kitchen Towels. Produced in the UK by Rose Tissues.

Freedom Paper Converters Ltd are manufacturers and distributor of soft tissue and disposable paper products (kitchen towels and toilet tissue), both own branded and private label. (All?) products are produced in the UK – http://freedompaper.co.uk

Freedom Luxury Kitchen Towel. Produced in the UK.

Freedom Luxury Kitchen Towel. Produced in the UK.  Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Rear view with country of origin detail. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Rear view with country of origin detail. Photograph by author.

Huggies Soft Skin wipes (baby wipes) by Kimberly Clark are made in the UK.  They packets I have seen say “Made in the UK” on the rear – http://www.huggies.co.uk/wipes

Huggies Soft Skin wipes. Made in the UK.

Huggies Soft Skin wipes. Made in the UK.

Some Tesco tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissue mentioned above (Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes) and those in the pictures below, but do check carefully before buying. Tesco products are clearly marked with country of origin and often country of origin information is given for products on their website too – http://www.tesco.com

Tesco Everyday Value tissues. Made in the UK.

Tesco Everyday Value tissues. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Teco Luxury Soft Spring Frrsh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Front view.

Tesco Luxury Soft Spring Fresh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Teco Luxury Soft Spring Frrsh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Rear view.

Tesco Luxury Soft Spring Fresh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Rear view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kitchen Towel. Made in the UK.

Tesco Kitchen Towel. Made in the UK. Photographed by author in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016.

Ora Kitchen Towel, Mighty Giant Kitchen Towel, Tesco Ultra Absorbant Kitchen Towel - all made in the UK. On display in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016.

Ora Kitchen Towel, Mighty Giant Kitchen Towel, Tesco Ultra Absorbant Kitchen Towel – all made in the UK. On display in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kids flushable toilet tissue wipes. Made in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kids flushable toilet tissue wipes. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Co-op own brand Soft White Bathroom Tissue is made in the UK – http://www.co-operative.coop

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Ora kitchen towels are made in the UK. On their website it says in response to the FAQ “Where are Ora kitchen towels made?”, “Ora is proudly made in Britain, right from the early design stage all the way through to manufacture!” – http://www.ora-home.com

Ora kitchen towels, with their inovative cone design, round shape and compactness, are made in Britain. They even double up as coffee filter papers and snack holders and can be grabbed with one hand with no need to tear off.

Ora kitchen towels, with their inovative cone design, round shape and compactness, are made in Britain. They even double up as coffee filter papers and snack holders and can be grabbed with one hand with no need to tear off. Photograph by author.

Accrol Papers Ltd, established in 1993, make branded and private label tissue paper products – toilet tissue, kitchen towels, facial tissues. They have a factory in Lancashire. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, so do check. Their Mighty Giant multi purpose wipers pictured above are made in the UK – http://www.accrol.co.uk