Carole Bamford has been championing ways to live sustainably and mindfully for over 40 years. She is the owner and founder of Daylesford Organic, one of Britain’s most pioneering organic farms. In 2006 Carole launched Bamford, inspired by her belief that what we put on our body is as important as what we put into it.
Bamford sells beautiful, consciously-created clothing and homewares crafted from natural fibres and materials, as well as body and skincare products made from organic and botanical ingredients. Ultimately, Bamford is a philosophy rather than a label, a way of life rather than a quick fix.
Inspired by Carole Bamford’s belief that what we put on our body is as important as what we put into it… Bamford is a philosophy rather than a label
Many of the brand’s face and body care products are certified by the Soil Association, which assesses the entire manufacturing process, from the sourcing of ingredients, energy and water usage right through to environmental waste management plans, premises and packaging. The brand aims to have all products certified in the future.
‘Being sustainable is not a choice,’ says Carole, ‘it is a way of life. We make clothing and create products, and to do so we use the earth’s resources, but there are things we can do to lessen our environmental impact. This needs to start with a careful assessment of our entire supply chain – to trace it right back to the raw materials and to look at where those products may end up – and when.’
The brand is constantly pursuing new ways to prevent waste and lessen its environmental footprint to remain true to its ethos of treading lightly upon the earth. It believes in quality, not quantity – garments made slowly, in limited numbers, using sustainable, cruelty-free materials and dyes that won’t release any hazardous chemicals and will biodegrade and be returned to the soil at the end of their life.