Wherever I travel in the world, I make the effort to buy locally made souvenirs and support local people. At the very least I make sure I buy a gift that is actually made in the country I am visiting.
Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008.
Ohyo is the handy, collapsable water bottle that’s easy to take anywhere.
Made in Sheffield, England. Fits in a pocket or bag. Good for the environment (re-useable; not disposable bottled water). I saw these yesterday (17 May 2013) in the National Trust shop on Dunstable Downs. National Trust shops incidentally sell a limited range of made in the UK products that are well worth a look and some National Trust shops sell locally produced farm products.
Also available on the Ohyo website, elsewhere online and in shops, including some Boots and Marks and Spencer stores. The M&S Ohyo bottles are M&S branded.
As well as the British made 500ml Ohyo bottle, Ohyo now make a British made 1000ml collapsable bottle too.
Tip. To get around the airport security liquids ban carry an empty bottle and refil at an airport drinking fountain. Carry one when you are out and about and fill for free at a drinking water fountain or household tap.
FILL IT FOR FREE
to find out about finding free water sources near you.
via ohyo water bottle.
Some interesting information about the benefits of drinking enough water can be found here.
How much water should you drink? The situation is complex. There is some guidance here on the NHS website.
“The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting deyhdrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.”
Disappointingly the Ohyo Bag is now foreign made. On the Ohyo website the Ohyo Bottle rightly proudly states it is made in England. From their kickstarter campaign I know Ohyo’s original intention with the Ohyo Bag was that it would be made in London by Jas Sehmbi in his London workshop, where the prototypes were made. It was great that it was being manufactured in London by Jas Sehmbi at Jas MB Ltd. However I now understand from their second kickstarter campaign manufacturing now takes place overseas. As I say, disappointing.
Greetings cards, birthday Cards, Christmas cards, blank cards, thank you cards, Valentines cards, wedding cards, anniversary cards, etc. Are the cards and gift wrap you buy made in the UK?
Buy British made birthday cards – support Britain. Fortunately many shops still sell greetings cards that are made in the UK, but there is a recent trend of cards in places like Paperchase being made in China. Please look at the back of the cards you are buying and make sure they say that they are made in the UK.
If you shop carefully you should have no difficulty in getting British made greetings cards, envelopes, gift wrap and postcards.
The Tube seat fabric is known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities, is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy dog collars and coats using the fabric at the London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These are made in England by Matt Fothergill using moquette fabric. Whilst a lot of stuff in the London Transport Museum Shop is made in China, they do stock a very good range of UK made products too – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette.html