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.
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
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
Deb, founded in 1941, produce 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
Kimo Enterprises Ltd of Ascot, Berkshire make their Big D Travel Wipes in the UK. Strangely they don’t seem to have a website.
Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes are made in the UK, as are some 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.
Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes are made in UK, as are their small pocket tissues. Boots the Chemist have a long British history but I note many of their own brand products no longer label the country of origin. For example Boots multivitamins and Boots kitchen soap do not state the country of origin. If their products do not say made in the UK on them we can assume they are made abroad. Some Boots own label products, such as some Boots moisturisers, Boots suntan cream which is made in the UK and their Botanics range some of which is made in the UK, are still labelled with the country of origin and they sell other UK made products such as Rimmel London too some of whose products are UK made. When shopping in Boots check the packaging and only buy British made products. Boots themselves are now an American owned company, Walgreens.
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.
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
Nicky is a brand of the Italian Sofidel Group. Nicky produce a wide selection of toilet tissues, kitchen towels, facial and pocket tissues, with some products still being made in the UK – http://www.nickytissue.co.uk
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
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
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
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
Neutradol air freshener is made in England. It says so on the box. It is made by M S George Limited. The company are well know for their gel odour destroying solid air fresheners. I don’t know if all their products are made in England and no country of origin information is given on their website so do check the packaging before buying – http://www.neutradol.com
Tesco spray air freshener cans, or some of them in any case, are made in the UK.