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B3B3 Posts: 25,218
Can you name 10 or even 5 non-food household items that you have bought in the last five years that were made in the UK?
Designed in the UK (large font). Made in China ( small font) seems to feature a lot. 
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    I've bought two max-min thermometers and a timer from Brannan, who manufacture in the UK. Does this count as three?!?
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    I've bought quite a few things on Etsy from UK makers. I can't vouch for where their materials come from though. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    You've definitely made me think! I buy quite a lot of sheet music. Most seems to be from Germany but some is definitely printed and published in the UK. And the bass clef and flute earrings I've bought are manufactured in the UK. 

    I don't really buy very much new stuff. Apart from one piece of (UK) sheet music and some favourite treat foods (def not UK!), all my daughter's birthday gifts yesterday were secondhand.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,191
    I’ve bought three pairs of shoes from Hotter in the last year, all made in England. ( one pair for OH, not all for me!) However, I did order a second pair for OH, and when they arrived, discovered they were made in India -  and smelt strongly of glue, for some reason. I contacted Hotter and had a go at them for not stating clearly on their website which shoes are made in the UK and which aren’t - I do know that most of their ‘fashion’ range are made abroad. 
    I made them refund not only the cost of the shoes, but also the return postage. If I’m planning to buy any more, I’ll contact them first to check where the style I want are made.

    Recently had to buy a new toaster, and tried to buy British. I even looked at the eyewateringly expensive Dualit ones, but turns out only the £180 upwards ones are made in the UK! Ended up with a cheapie, made in China. Very frustrating.

    We’ve settled for a bit of a compromise, in that while we can’t buy made in UK, we can try to avoid made in China. So far, tv assembled in Poland, and tumble dryer made in Turkey. Dishwasher made in Germany. Of course, I’m sure many of the parts originated in China.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,279
    I hate shopping, unless it's for plants, and even those are often not British grown, as we all know!  However, out of necessity I bought a new Dualit toaster recently which claims to be made in Crawley.  Also, last year I bought two terracotta pots from Whichford Pottery, made in the UK.  I'm struggling to identify anything else!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,218
    What made me ask the question is: you look at a familiar brand, you think it's British  but often the name of the product is the only thing British about it.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Guess we're now global, but it is so frustrating. I've had a NatWest joint account with my OH since 1996 when we got married, previously my OH originally set up the account in the 60s in his name only - so we must have one of their oldest accounts. Recently I tried to open a saving with NatWest through our current account; I had so much trouble trying to set up their biometrics that it drove me doolally and I gave up!

    Just recently I set up a savings account with the Post Office - I'm not looking to invest, just want somewhere to store the odd few £s. Setting up the account was so easy! But what I can't understand, the Post Office works with the Bank of Ireland. Why? Why not the Bank of England?
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • Nel_StaffsNel_Staffs Posts: 88
    edited January 2022
    The Post Office, as we think of it, doesn't provide financial services such as currency exchange and savings accounts. That's all done by Post Office Money.  The Bank of Ireland  is an ordinary bank and offers its products through Post Office Money. The Irish equivalent to the Bank of England is the Central  Bank of Ireland. 😊 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,831
    My favourite brand of shoes/boots is made in Portugal, and out of curiosity I've just checked the labels in my trainers and lightweight walking boots that are sitting in the hall - Indonesia and Vietnam, respectively. Not the best perhaps, but at least not China.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,674
    Do remember that a table that is manufactured in china can have "Made in England" stamped on it if it comes flatpacked and is assembled in England, screwing on the legs counts.
    I grow veg for sale. I can buy plant starts from Holland or Morocco put them in the ground, pull them up the next day and call them Danish. Labeling has very little meaning.
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