Yellow Bear UK, Hand-made re-usable items, Brighton

Brighton, England On Etsy since 2013


Yellow Bear UK, Hand-made re-usable items, Brighton

Brighton, England | 776 Sales

Announcement    Handmade, reusable, plastic free products made with love, helping to reduce our impact on this Earth.
Sustainable, eco-friendly small business.


Last updated on 22 Sep, 2018

Handmade, reusable, plastic free products made with love, helping to reduce our impact on this Earth.
Sustainable, eco-friendly small business.

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    Claire Griffiths

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    Claire Griffiths


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    About YellowBearUK

    Sales 776
    On Etsy since 2013

    Yellow Bear UK

    Hello! I'm Claire, and I've recently started running Yellow Bear UK; a sustainable eco-friendly business selling products made with love, by me, in Brighton. My aim is to create beautiful, simple, handmade, reusable items that help you to cut out single-use waste from your lives.

    When I was younger the slogan: ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ was followed with much enthusiasm in my family, in fact I remember always having random things used for different purposes once reaching their 'end-life'. For instance when my shoes no longer fit they became plant pots in the garden, my mums laddered tights became supports for plants to grow up, any copper pipes my dad came across became frames for his beloved tomatoes to climb up. This ethos of re-using and upcycling inspired me from a young age, whilst at school my design projects included: a sofa-bed frame made of discarded wooden pallets, a clock made from old CD's and a candle holder made of bent forks! These early experiences have meant that this ethos is at the core of Yellow Bear UK. All of my products and packaging are made from natural, compostable and/or recycled materials and I endeavour to grow and learn with the business about further ways to save our planet.

    Looking through my Etsy shop you may come across evidence of a former business of mine: Yellow Bear Wares, in which I created jewellery by bending vintage knitting needles, I decided to stop this business partly because the fumes from heating the plastic were too toxic to have in a home with a small child. Also I suffered a lot from Mental Health issues after I had my daughter (Postpartum Psychosis, Maternal OCD and General anxiety) this and becoming a mother meant I was no longer able to run my small business. Recovery is a long journey, I am still on it and probably always will be, but just recently since having started 'Yellow Bear UK' I have been doing pretty great, it's like meeting an old friend only this time I feel more connected to the purpose of the business, I am more positive, I have less anxiety, it feels so good to be making again! I am humbled by the response to my new products and am so greatful to be creating things that help people rid themselves of single-use items and it makes me incredibly happy that through running this business I am partly making a tiny, tiny difference to our earth.

    The first product I am stocking in my Etsy shop and at markets is my beeswax wraps, the perfect alternative to cling-film, these are made using a mixture of local and other UK sourced beeswax, pure organic jojoba oil and natural pine resin. All of the fabrics I use for these wraps are 100% cotton and sourced from local makers fabric cut-offs or vintage supplies. Rather than buying new, I chose the more sustainable option of using pre-loved fabrics. This means that each pack of wraps is unique to you! I am also making and selling beeswax wrap renewal blocks, these are a mixture of the wax, jojoba oil and pine resin and will give your wraps a whole new lease of life once you use them. One goal I have is to also create and sell a beeswax wrap kit so that you can make your own wraps easily and affordably at home. I will gradually be adding other kinds of items that fit in with my ethos such as reusable face wipes, eye make-up rounds, baby wipes, reusable breast-feeding pads and produce bags for shopping by weight.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my products, wholesale enquiries or just for advice on reducing the single-use waste from your lives and please check my Instagram etc for updates on the business and my own eco-friendly antics, it's a hard journey but so much easier when you take one tiny step at a time.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and please enjoy perusing my shop!

    Shop members

    • Claire Griffiths

      Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

      I'm a maker, designer, crafter, collaborator, novice knitter, filmmaker, music appreciator, workshop provider, facilitator, image-based practitioner, darkroom operator, stop-frame animator. I love making things out of other things.

    Shop policies

    Last updated on 24 July, 2018
    Hi there!
    Welcome to my Etsy shop, I hope you like my handmade, upcycled, reusables as much as I do.

    If you have any requests for custom items you would like made please don't hesitate to get in touch, I can create new items to your personal size and colour specifications.

    Accepted payment methods

    Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I hope you are happy with your item however in line with UK regulations I do offer refunds (minus shipping costs) if the item is returned within 14 days of you receiving it.
    If the item is faulty upon your receiving it, this deadline is extended.

    If you would like a refund please get in touch and I will be happy to help (I might be able to resolve your issue). If you decide to return your item I suggest using recorded delivery so that you know it arrives here with me. The responsibility of the cost of postage back to me is yours.
    Payment must be made in full at the time of purchase. You can pay using a debit or credit card through the direct payment option here on Etsy, or by using Paypal, which is also a secure and safe way to purchase. Click on the Buy Now button and follow the instructions.
    I will package and ship your item from the UK within 1-3 working days of your payment clearing. I post using First Class for UK and standard Airmail for international orders (Royal mail).

    My average delivery times are as follows:

    Overseas orders can take up to 28 working days, but are usually much quicker (around 8-14 days) Overseas customers please wait until 28 working days have passed before contacting us about any "missing" orders.

    UK - You should get delivery in 2/3 days. UK orders are sent 1st Class. Please wait until 15 working days have passed before contacting us about any "missing" orders.

    Please bear in mind that delivery might take a little longer during busy times (e.g. Christmas and other holidays).

    The buyer is responsible for any duties and/or customs fees that may be incurred by their destination country.

    If a package is undeliverable due to an inaccurate shipping address provided by the buyer, or if a package is unclaimed by the buyer, I cannot be held responsible. The buyer will therefore be responsible for the cost of re-shipping the package.

    Please let me know if you have any alternative address requests (for gifts) and I will send your order to the recipient you choose, otherwise I will post to the address listed in Etsy. I can also include a message if you'd like me to.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    Under no circumstances is my work to be copied, remade or re-sold without my authority. All original work is copyrighted, any sharing of my images or work is only to be done so with my authorisation and must always be accompanied by a full line of credit including, shop name, shop address, email and my name. Please message me if you would like to discuss this further.

    Please follow the care instructions for your item which you will receive with your order.

    If you have wholesale enquiries please email me:
    claire_e_griffiths [at]