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Our favourite ethical places: The Big Beanbag Company

Looking to shop sustainably for your home and holidays? Who better to ask than the West Country creators of the world's first eco-friendly beanbag.

We are super-thrilled to say a big Muddy hello to David and Lucy, the founders and owners of The Big Beanbag Company. Driven by a loathing for polystyrene, in 2018 they cleverly invented the world’s first truly eco-friendly beanbags and accessories made with BioFoam® beads, a compostable biopolymer that is kind to the environment and uber-stylish too. If you want to shop the range, you can find them on our Indie Store.

When we found out the pair are based on the Devon/Cornwall border we tapped them up for their favourite places, locally and online, as where they shop and play must match their eco-friendly principles. And it’s always good to have a few of those in your go-to, no?

The Copper Pot Campsite, Callington

Sustainable eco friendly camping on the Devon Cornwall border, the whole site has been crafted by hand by James, the owner. James uses our waste cardboard in his large composters and reuses our pallets to make buildings and stores on-site. He also makes a mean BBQ!

Plastic Freedom

Pic credit: Plastic Freedom

An online plastic free store launched by a wonderful woman called Beth Noy who is based in Cornwall. Here’s where we buy our household goods, including personal care items. She also stocks our range of beanbag products!

Talland Bay, Polperro

Pic credit: Visit Cornwall/Adam Gibbard

We love taking our paddleboards to Talland Bay to explore its rugged coastline. We also make sure to take a bin bag with us each time and do a little beach clean when we’re there.

Milk & More

We love getting glass bottled milk delivered to our house – real British milk delivered to our doorstep by a real milkman or woman! – and we shop from Milk and More’s dedicated zero waste section for other eco friendly bits and bobs for use around the house.

Thought

Usually Lucy likes to make her own clothes, but on the occasion, we do shop online for clothes, and when we do we use Thought. Their quality of fabrics is fantastic, and they have some awesome designs too.

Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash

Pic credit: National Trust/John Hartland

We love this National Trust property on the River Tamar where you can walk along the river, explore the woodlands and get up close and personal with the only fully restored Tamar sailing barge in the world, The Shamrock.

Kit Hill, Callington

With panoramic views across Cornwall and stretching as far as Dartmoor National Park this is one of our most favourite spots and it’s only a five minute drive from the office.

We’ll take a cheeky packet of Elizabeth & Ernest‘s (Lucy’s own eco-friendly gift business, pictured above) retro vegan pick ’n’ mix to enjoy while we take in the beautiful views – it makes the moment that bit more of a special treat! We feel very lucky to live in such an amazing part of the world and very spoilt to have both Devon and Cornwall right on our doorstep. 

Want to get your mitts on the world’s first ethical bean bag chair?

There’s still time to win a Big Bean Bag Chair worth £199 in your choice of six colour ways, courtesy of David and Lucy.

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