Advent Door 15 | Aerende…

Behind Door number 15 reveals the gorgeous sustainable lifestyle store,  Aerende.

Aerende is an online shop selling beautiful products and gifts for your home, all of them made in the UK by people facing social challenges. You can think of it is a special place to find a range of carefully crafted products from around the British Isles, created by makers who struggle to access or maintain conventional employment.

The non-profit organisation was founded in 2016 by Emily Mathieson, a former travel editor for The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller and Red. A passion for beautiful, useful, locally made homewares led her to question the lack of high-quality options in the ethical interiors sector. Thus began a quest to create a model for considerate, socially valuable shopping that doesn’t compromise on quality or style.

Although the hub remains a home office in Hertfordshire, Aerende operates as a social enterprise in which all makers, and the organisations who represent them, are integrally involved. Their tagline of ‘life-improving homewares’ reflects their commitment to sourcing and designing unique, limited-edition products that will bring joy, beauty and utility to their customers, as well as a sense of purpose, pride and revenue to the makers, via the charities and social enterprises that support them.

A noble and beautiful project, and one I wholeheartedly support.


Behind door #15:

So, opening up Door 15 – you will find:

  • a beautifully scented candle – Denu
    • The name, Denu, is an Olde English word meaning valley, which references the earthy but fresh essential oil fragrance of lemon, geranium and patchouli. The simple, utilitarian style makes them suitable for indoor or outdoor use and when you’re finished with the candle, the glass makes a handy container (or can be easily recycled). The textured boxes come with a letterpressed bellyband with information about the candles and the name of the maker written on them.  Each candle is hand-poured in Wales by people with learning disabilities at Beacons Creative.

To enter:

  1. Head to Aerende website and find out the answer to the following question:
  2. What does Aerende mean?’  Leave a comment below with your answer.
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The giveaway will end on midnight (GMT) 31st December 2019.  The winner will be notified by Sunday 5th January 2020 via email.  Open to UK residents only.

By participating, you agree to our competition rules.

This article was written in cooperation with Aerende.


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