Croeso/Welcome. If you were unaware of my origins, I am Welsh. Hailing from a little island right at the tip of Wales, Anglesey (Ynys Môn) in North Wales. An absolutely beautiful area of Britain (if I do say so myself!) with lots to offer. In recent years, the number of sustainable businesses Anglesey has to offer has grown significantly, all popping up here and there.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been compiling a list of the best, during many trips home visiting family. In addition, I’ve included a handful of online shops from the area, I’ve followed on social media for a while – enjoy!
Sustainable Businesses Anglesey has to offer
You may have seen Janet Bell’s work dotted around as she recently released an art collection with Next! Bell’s flagship shop sits right in my local town of Beaumaris. An absolutely GORGEOUS shop which is full of art and homeware with an abundance of sustainable pieces. It is a shop I would happily buy every single item from (If I had the money!)
Ffabrig Cwyr Gwenyn (in welsh!)
A local Anglesey business I have purchased a beautiful wax wrap from (pictured) is ‘Beeswax Fabric Wraps’. A great plastic eliminator, Beeswax Fabric Wraps was started in 2018 and now sell an abundance of patterned wraps and accessories. A lovely small business to support! They also stock in lots of little shops across North Wales too, with the wraps being an incredibly high quality.
Oriel Môn is an art gallery in the centre of the island, promoting local artists and Anglesey’s rich heritage. They have a gift shop packed with an array of items from local makers, including plastic-free items, jewellery, books and everything in between.
As the Crafty Guillemot, Lillemor creates beautifully homemade pottery, including mugs, bowls, jugs and so much more. Her business practices are ethical and low impact, reusing clay trimmings, an electric kiln (powered by a green energy provider) as well as recyclable/ compostable packaging. I may sound biased as I’ve known Lillemor since primary school but I highly recommend you check out her beautiful work!!
A craft cider company, making local cider from apples which would otherwise have gone to waste. They began during the following summer of 2016, making “a plea via social media for unwanted Anglesey apples and pears and were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response“. They now produce 5 flavours of cider on Anglesey, which is available to buy online and at their farm shop in Aberffraw.
Other places worth a visit…
- Seapig, Rhosneigr – craft gallery selling a selection of upcycled, ethical and sustainable goods.
- Green Olive Vegan Cafe, Menai Bridge
- Sw Mor Môn (Anglesey Sea Zoo) – have won numerous green business awards for sustainability and conservation
- Anglesey Soap – eco-friendly & vegan soaps
On a final note, it’s also worth pointing out that in 2019, Anglesey became the first county in the UK to be awarded plastic-free status. This was awarded by a marine conservation group, who recognised the island’s “work to reduce the impact of single-use plastic on the environment”.
I’ve done a couple of other ‘Tours of..’ type posts if you enjoyed this one, including A Sustainability Tour of Brighton, A Sustainability Tour of Southampton & A Sustainability Tour of Reigate, Surrey.