Kingdom of Wow
Tread lightly on the planet with Kingdom of Wow, an ethical brand that combines everyday luxury with sustainability to create timeless footwear.
Carefully-crafted slippers are handmade from a rich blend of wool and bamboo, making them both sustainable, eco-friendly, and comfortable year-round. Embracing slow fashion principles, every pair takes over four hours and 1,000 metres of yarn to crochet by hand. Kingdom of Wow products invoke a feeling of hygge contentment, which not only promotes self-care but allows you to curl up on the couch comfortable in the knowledge of buying responsibly.
The brand works hard to minimise its impact on the environment. Products are created mindfully, with a conscious focus on high quality, comfort and endurance. Footwear is made from biodegradable materials, offcuts are repurposed whenever possible, and their carbon footprint is offset by supporting the planting of native endangered trees in the protected areas of Cambodia.
At the same time, their workshop based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, provides a safe and healthy workplace for their all-female team. An empowering and nourishing space, where local women earn fair wages to support themselves and their families - it’s a rare and beautiful thing in these current times, in a town heavily reliant on tourism.
Kingdom of Wow’s ethical footwear is sold mainly in Europe and the US, with the option of worldwide shipping directly from their workshop for customers further afield, including the UK.
Since 2008, Original Beans has been venturing into remote rainforests in search of the world’s rarest cacao beans. Their mission is to transform the culture of chocolate, following the ethos of ‘what we consume, we must regenerate’. And their award-winning chocolate products do just that: pure cacao is sought out from rainforests across South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, with the help of Indigenous tribes and farmers who, thanks to Original Beans’ Direct Cacao certification, can make a living and support their families and communities.
Original Beans’ respect for the planet and its people doesn’t stop there. For every bar sold, the organisation plants one tree in the forest of the cocoa’s origin, and millions have been planted so far through the One Bar One Tree programme. When you indulge in Original Beans chocolate, not only are you tasting the world’s rarest cacao beans in their purest form, but you are breaking ground for a tree. All Original Beans packaging is 100% biodegradable, too.
Original Beans’ chocolate varieties include Cru de Virunga 70% dark chocolate and Femmes de Virunga 55% dark milk chocolate, made from cocoa grown by the women of the National Virunga Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Esmeralda 42% milk chocolate is made from the rare Arriba cacao of Ecuador, and Pirura 75% from an ultra-white cacao found along Peru’s coastal desert. Beni Wild 66%, on the other hand, comes from the wild trees of Amazonian islands.
Original Beans’ couverture is used by some of the world’s finest chefs, hotels and restaurants, featuring in delicious cakes, bakes, and desserts. The bars, buttons, and nibs are stocked by independent retailers and specialist stores.
Audi e-tron S
The future of transportation is electric, and car manufacturer Audi has remained consistently true to its environment-first strategy, what with the recent release of the second e-tron model. A fully electric motor means no CO2 emissions and all the luxury one would expect from Audi.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is a dynamic SUV coupé offering up to 300kW of power and a range of up to 452 kilometers (280.9 miles) from a single battery charge - leading statistics in the world of electric vehicles. Audi’s new e-tron charging system connect is designed especially for use with household outlets - with a charging capacity of up to 22kW, e-tron models can be fully charged in under five hours, even when you’re away from home.
The charging system connect includes a five-inch touch display operating unit and a wall mount, which offers both update alerts and control via the myAudi app. Audi recommends a three-phase, 400-volt outlet for optimal use of the system, and intelligent functions ensure that charging your car won’t overload the home electrical system. Together with a compatible home energy management system from SMA Solar Technology or the Hager Group, the charging system also makes room for personalisation. Green energy is a priority for many, and the e-tron can focus on energy conservation or minimising costs. If the driver’s home benefits from a solar power system, smart planning can consider upcoming periods of sunshine to maximise sustainable electricity use for charging.
Additional features of the e-tron charging system connect include PIN protection against unauthorized use, as well as the recording of charging energy to promote mindful consumption.
Hannah Sophia England
From delicious, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles to scrumptious ice creams shwoozled with ripples and whirls, Booja-Booja creates some of the most heavenly treats you’ll ever encounter with just a handful of natural ingredients, all organic and all 100 percent vegan.
Respect for the planet and the people and animals on it underpins everything the Norfolk-based company does. Certified organic by the Soil Association, it uses only ingredients that have been produced in harmony with the natural environment, without the use of weedkillers and chemical pesticides. There are no artificial sweeteners, additives, or preservatives either - Booja-Booja is all about creating naturally wholesome, joyful delights.
With eight ice cream flavours and twelve chocolate truffle flavours available in a variety of pack sizes, everything Booja-Booja makes is vegan and cruelty-free. Ice cream is created from a creamy cashew base, and a unique blend of chocolate and coconut oil makes the chocolate truffles sumptuously smooth. The production team then uses carefully selected ingredients like sweet roasted Italian hazelnuts, Cornish sea salt, Mexican coffee, and Fine de Champagne to create the mouth-watering array of truffle and ice cream varieties in the Booja-Booja range. Not an animal-derived product in sight, but plenty of flavoursome, high quality ingredients meticulously blended in pursuit of ultimate taste perfection.
Booja-Booja is one of the leading ‘free from’ confectionery brands in the UK, pioneering for over 20 years. The company has won 140 awards, including 46 prestigious Great Taste Awards, the FAIR Trophy for Best Free From Food in 2019 and Best Vegan Ice Cream at the Vegfest UK Awards for three years running.