As the cooler weather closes in, we instinctually crave those things that create a sense of warmth and comfort.
And the good news is that you can indulge yourself with a clear conscience by purchasing from small local businesses that care for the environment, without compromising on quality. Meet nine products to warm your winter without costing the planet.
FIRESIDE CANDLE, LUCIAN
Family-owned small business Lucian hand-pours their candles right here in Canberra and use soy wax, which is biodegradable and burns with less soot than paraffin wax.
While they have a wide range of scents to choose from, we love PineGrove that mixes fresh pine with notes of soft amber and sandalwood.
Small-batch blended by hand in Fyshwick’s Dairy Road by local tea enthusiast Finn McGrath, Waypoint’s new Campfire blend boasts a smoky blend of Indian and Chinese black tea—perfect for those who love a whisky by the fire.
Chocolate and winter go hand in hand, but you’ll feel even better about indulging in Jasper & Myrtle’s chocolate thanks to their commitment to ethically sourced cocoa beans. Another locally made indulgence, these bars are created by hand in Fyshwick.
Canberra designer Kelli Donovan has been creating eco-conscious fashion for the discerning buyer for years now, and her handmade pieces—made with ethically-sourced fabric, of course—will last you many winters to come.
Created by Canberra salon owner Jessica Peris, By The Be’s bath soak will infuse winter nights with the scent of rose geranium and lavender oils while magnesium sulphate, Himalayan pink salt and reishi mushroom unwind tired muscles.
Better yet, it comes packed in a reusable ultraviolet black glass jar and reusable cotton pouch.