A Farnham firm has been named the Best Sustainable Business in the UK at Lux Life’s 2022 Perfect Gift Awards.

Green Laurels, which is based in Farnham, is an eco-friendly company which was formed by Simon Mitchell in January 2020.

Simon, who lives and makes the items in Farnham, had worked in photography for many years before forming the business.

He said: “I always enjoyed being creative, but wanted a product-based business that could also be scaleable.

“After working in Santa’s grotto as one of my last photography jobs, it was Santa who gave me the idea to run an eco-friendly bathroom products business.

“I started exploring different ideas and soy candles and soap came first, but the product range has now been widened to shampoo bars, bath salts, cuticle oil, shave soap and lots more.

“I sell online, at craft fairs, and sell wholesale to a few shops too, including a department store – Bobby’s of Bournemouth.

“The main emphasis is being eco friendly and I am careful to use sustainable ingredients, and no single- use plastic.

“I am currently working on a new subscription box which will include a natural deodorant and have teamed up with another local business, Green Up Britain, so for every subscription box sold, £1 will be donated to them so a tree can be planted to help against climate change.”

Green Laurels products are stocked in Wallababies and Bourne Mill in Farnham.