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Sustainable Swaps

Posted on: January 11th, 2022 by Dawn

For ages I’ve been wanting to share some of my favourite sustainable swaps I’ve made in my shopping and lifestyle habits over the last few years, so I thought I’d draw some! ✏️

I hope that you can decipher my emoji key below, and find some helpful sustainable alternatives for your own eco missions!

🧼 The humble bar of soap is a great replacement for bottled shower gel. I also get a big container of hand soap refilled at our local zero waste shop @preserve_foods when our pump dispensers are running low.

🥛 Consider switching from cow’s milk to oat milk (@minorfigures is my favourite, and claims to be ‘carbon neutral’), or if you drink dairy, find out if you can get milk delivered to your door as part of the local milk round.

☕️ Some teabags contain plastic! Try a biodegradable brand, like PG Tips.

🥚 If you eat eggs, consider buying organic. Free-range may sound like the best option, but organic assures much higher welfare standards for hens. If you’re interested, find out more info here.

🥕 Get a food waste bin! They’re free in Bristol, collected weekly, and the waste is used to make bio-fertiliser for farmers, generate electricity and fuel Bristol’s bio-bus. If you can’t recycle food waste locally, get in touch with your local MP or councillor.

🥕 Veg boxes can be on the higher end of the affordability scale, but so worthwhile if it works with your budget. Less packaging, seasonal and often local.

🧦 One of my favourite swaps I’ve made is 100% plastic free laundry detergent capsules posted through my door from @smolproducts. They’re really good value and affordable on a smaller budget.

💧 You can re-use your old cleaning spray bottles by using plastic-free soluble anti-bacterial sachets like @ironandvelvet, or use refillable spray bottles from @smolproducts.

🧺 Consider swapping your usual scouring pad for machine washable dish cloths. I use @tabithaeveco; a slightly higher price tag, but long-lasting and good for harder scrubbing!

✉️ I keep a lot of the postal packaging I receive to re-use for Etsy orders or returns. You can jazz it up and save money!

👚 Buy second-hand! There are often lovely things in charity shops, and I sometimes buy pre-loved clothes on Depop.

🧩 You can also find amazing used toys on Facebook Marketplace, but you sometimes have to travel to pick them up. If you’re buying wooden toys new, look for the FSC certified wood mark.

🏠 If you can afford to, take a staycation instead of a holiday abroad. I hope rail prices will become more affordable soon to support this style of holidaying.

🦷 I’ve found cornstarch toothbrushes and plastic-free dental floss to be just as good or better than plastic alternatives. You can also get recyclable toothbrush heads for your electric toothbrush from @livecocouk.

💳 Green your money! I recently switched my Barclays account for a @triodosuk account when I found out how much Barclays had invested in fossil fuels in 2020. The Triodos customer support team is based in Bristol and they only invest in ethical schemes. Hit me up if you know of any ethical credit cards, because I’m still searching.

🥾 Vegan Doc Martens – possibly my favourite gift from last year! They’re not cheap, but they have seen many a muddy walk and always keep me dry and look brand new after a quick clean. I think they will easily stand the test of time.

🥚 Lastly, another egg-shaped product. @Lush has a brilliant natural range of foundations called Slapstick which are almost completely zero waste.

Please share with me your personal favourite ethical products. You can find me at @drawnbydawn. I’m keen to learn! I’m sure there are plenty of things I’ve forgotten (low-waste makeup, recyclable razors) – perhaps a follow-up post is due some other time!

New work

Posted on: March 25th, 2018 by Dawn


I’ve given my Artworks portfolio page a bit of a spruce! Head over here to have a look at some of my latest projects, including some of the Heath & Heather tea range and some brand new book covers for Puffin.

Love Your National Parks

Posted on: March 25th, 2018 by Dawn


Excitingly, you can now buy a whole range of products featuring illustrations of Britain’s beautiful national parks, which I worked on with Love Your National Parks back in 2016! The range features poster images of the Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales. Treat yourself to a new mug, set of postcards or laptop case (among other things) here. Working on these images really made me want to abandon my desk and put my walking shoes on to visit each and every one of these stunning locations! I have since made it to Dartmoor to troop around some stone ruins.


Fortnum & Mason

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 by Dawn


I heard word earlier this year that the elephant I illustrated for Fortnum & Mason’s beautiful champagne packaging has been re-licensed!?

This was a really fun one to draw, as I was actively encouraged to include as much detail as possible! I loved penning all of the fine lines in his wrinkled skin.


F(L)IGHT exhibition

Posted on: June 12th, 2016 by Dawn


It is rare that I get the opportunity to indulge in a bit of personal work, so I wanted to share this piece I’ve just created for F(L)IGHT, an exhibition launching at Hamilton House next week.

The exhibition brings together a whopping number of artists, promoting peace through a series of works in support of War Child and Veterans for Peace. The artists involved were only given two specifications; that each piece should be no bigger than A4, and must feature a white dove in some way.

This isn’t the first of Paul Roberts‘ ambitious group shows I’ve been involved in, and I can’t wait to see the result. The exhibition is up from 14 June to 27 June, with a private showing on Thursday 17 June and you can find out more about it here.

New website from The Artworks

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Dawn



The Artworks has just unveiled their sumptuous new website, which not only looks the business, but is jam-packed with really beautiful illustration work.

This also means that I have a new profile, which I’m absolutely thrilled with! There are a few new bits of work on there, so do take a look here.


Season’s greetings!

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by Dawn



I recently designed this colourful festive wreath card for the lovely folks at Art Liaison, a leading illustration agency based in Japan, who will be sending it out to their clients this month.

I’ve also popped a few cards in the post, so keep an eye on your pigeon holes…!

Season’s Readings quotes for Penguin

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by Dawn


I am very excited to reveal some of the designs I’ve been contributing to Penguin Books’ Season’s Readings campaign this Christmas. These seasonal literary quotes have been popping up on Penguin’s Twitter page during the countdown to Christmas. This one coincided nicely with Christmas Jumper Day!


You can take a look at the page here, and I’d recommend hitting the follow button, as their Christmas gift suggestions and bookish discussions have been marvellous!

I have also helped with their Instagram Book-a-Day Challenge, for which I illustrated this little graphic. It’s not too late if you want to get involved!


Shipshape winter issue

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by Dawn



This month, I reconnected with the team behind Shipshape magazine, a quarterly publication which showcases upcoming goings on in Bristol, with a focus on the city’s historic harbourside. I illustrated the winter-themed cover, which was a lot of fun to draw, and answered a few questions inside the mag. You can also find my map illustration if you flick to the centre spread!


Small Fortunes at the Here Gallery

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by Dawn


At the end of the summer, I produced some new work inspired by fortune telling, divination and folklore, which was on display at the Here Gallery in Stokes Croft.

Among the illustrations were two zodiac signs, Gemini and Leo. I hope to add to these and make a full set, so let me know if there’s a particular sign you’d like to see!