Eco business Bath & Wick that sells vegan-friendly bath bombs and candles in Fareham and Wickham hopes to expand and create community hub

BUSINESSMAN David Beedle is hoping to spread some happiness and health into the world with his vegan friendly bath and candle products.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 4:00 pm
Bath & Wick in Warwick Lane, Wickham, are launching a community project running on crowdfunder.co.uk and are looking to raise funds to create a fully eco friendly shop that sells not only their products but also local producers or handmade products from the local community. Pictured is: (l-r) David Beedle, owner, Julia Locke, head of production, and Satin Bailey, general manager. Picture: Sarah Standing (010421-5880)

David, from Horndean, owns Bath & Wick, a plastic free company that sells products made with natural and sustainably sourced ingredients.

All the items are handmade, and include bath bombs, fairy dust and Himalayan spa salts.

Now the 35-year-old is hoping to expand – and he has launched a crowdfunder in order to muster support for his idea.

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Bath & Wick in Warwick Lane, Wickham, are launching a community project running on crowdfunder.co.uk and are looking to raise funds to create a fully eco friendly shop that sells not only their products but also local producers or handmade products from the local community. Pictured is: (l-r) Satin Bailey, general manager, Julia Locke, head of production and David Beedle, owner. Picture: Sarah Standing (010421-5888)

Starting in 2019, David stationed his company in a Christmas market, before opening a kiosk in Fareham Shopping Centre in February 2020.

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The business also operates from a unit in in Warwick Lane, Wickham and has shops in Marlands Shopping Centre in Southampton and The Swan Centre in Eastleigh.

The company was originally created for fun, but was soon turned into an opportunity to help the environment where it has grown ever since.

David said: ‘I wanted to help sell more eco-friendly products, and try to get people to sometimes change the way they think about what they buy and where they buy it from.

‘We know the eco-friendly choices are not always the most affordable and we want to be able to start changing this, making it more common to be able to access them.

‘We want to bring our community together to make a big impact on people’s wellbeing and our environment around us.’

He started the crowdfunder to help build a new store for Bath & Wick, where he plans to stock a wider range of eco-friendly products, offer free exhibitions and create a community hub.

David also wants to donate part of every sale to charities such as Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Society.

The funds raised will help Bath & Wick reach their goals of creating a super eco-friendly space for the public to enjoy.

Future goals include craft-making experiences and environmental learning for disadvantaged children and adults and people with disabilities.

David said: ‘We feel it’s important to make sure we offer a place where people can socialise in a very friendly, open atmosphere in order to increase

confidence and peace in their lives, whilst being able to help educate people in a way that will benefit our planet.’

He said: ‘Please join our movement and help us change the face of our environment and the way we shop. Let’s be authentic. Help the environment and support one another.’

To get involved with the crowdfunder go to bit.ly/3aOOMtv or for more go to facebook.com/bathandwick

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