Aerende provides an antidote to high street homeware retailers. Their unique products are made by people who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to access conventional routes to employment or the craft arena. They show that conscious shopping doesn’t have to mean forgoing service or style. Their products challenge stigma and the culture of low-expectation around their makers, helping to boost self-esteem and practical skills as well as providing revenue for supporting organisations.
Alive and Kicking
Alive and Kicking sets up and supports not-for-profit social enterprises in Africa. Through the manufacture of sports balls in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, they generate employment for adults, raise awareness about preventable diseases such as HIV and malaria among young people, and provides robust and affordable balls for disadvantaged children. They create fairly paid jobs and donate sports balls to disadvantaged children.
You can change a life from the comfort of your sink by simply switching up your soap to BECO. All of our products create real jobs for real people in the UK who are visually impaired, disabled or disadvantaged. From the ingredients they pour in, to the benefits that pour back out, every product they create is Better Considered.
Birdsong delivers original wardrobe staples that are ethical and sustainable, made by expert women makers in the UK. From the berets of the black panthers in the Sixties to the quiet resolution to only wear clothes made in the UK, fashion is an important ally for change. They work with expert women makers who face barriers to employment – from artists and printmakers to seamstresses and painters – and pay them London living wage to bring their designs to life.
Elvis & Kresse
Elvis & Kresse are an award-winning sustainable luxury brand. Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing niche raw materials such as fire-hose, leather off-cuts, and tea sacks from landfills and transforming them into timeless luxury lifestyle accessories. 50% of all their profits are donated back to charity and renewable energy projects.
Freeset exists for the many women who have never had the choice to be free. They care about the thousands in West Bengal, India who are vulnerable to sex trafficking. These women don’t get to choose their occupation, and Freeset wants to change that. They make bags, tees, and hand-woven fabrics, and love that they are part of India’s long tradition of cotton and jute production.
From Babies With Love
Every penny of profit from their unique, ethically sourced designs goes to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. And in safe, happy places, vulnerable children can grow up in a loving family. They started this company to make a difference. And with every baby gift that you buy, you are too.
Pioneering a new expression of ethical ath-leisure accessories, Glow is about style, safety and social impact, delivering innovation to functional fashion, aiming to make high – vis accessories a part of our everyday wardrobe. Their transitional accessories change with the wearers needs, providing light responsive, reflective accessories for the safety + style conscious city dweller. Their knitwear is handcrafted in London by skilled women from disadvantaged backgrounds paying them the London Living Wage per piece, and providing them an opportunity to gain a supplementary income and be part of a greater community. Glow empowers their makers, utilising their established skills and enabling them to believe and realise their value.
The Goodwash Company
The Goodwash Company is a luxury wash and lifestyle brand, created in Wales, on a mission to change the world one wash at a time. All of their products are sourced with the finest ingredients from the Welsh land and sea, and vegan society approved. They are strongly against animal testing and cruelty. Their purpose is to improve the lives of animals and people. Their products are a mechanism for raising funds to achieve this end. 100% of all profits are donated to ‘The Good Wash Foundation’ to fund projects, organisations and social entrepreneurs that can make a difference.
Hopeful Traders are an arts and sustainable fashion brand collaborating with artists affected by homelessness and mental illness. The brand acts as a platform to create dialogue around social issues and creativity, as well as supporting disadvantaged individuals and charities. Hopeful work with people affected by these issues on designs for products, which they then produce and sell in support of the collaborator and their chosen charity.
JOLT is the homeware and lifestyle brand of Designs in Mind; a working studio where adults living with mental health challenges work as a team on experimental, ambitious and high-quality art and design work. Working together they make it possible to live life and through their work challenge the predominant culture of low expectations that surrounds their makers.
Juta creates reclaimed leather shoes and runs shoemaking workshops, designed and delivered by marginalised women. They support, train and employ women who face barriers to work, providing them with flexible, well-paid work. They offer their makers opportunities to build confidence, gain new skills, and join a strong supportive community. Since 2016, they have reached over 60 women, run workshops for over 300 people, and saved over 200 kilos of leather from landfill.
Madlug was founded in 2015 by Dave Linton. A man whose only experience in the luggage industry was bags of enthusiasm. This 40-something Youth Worker was heartbroken to learn that most children in care transport their worldly belongings in a bin bag. In that moment, Dave set out to do something about it. With just £480, he started Madlug and came up with their ‘Buy one Give one’ approach: with every bag you purchase, one will be given to a child in care. There are over 90,000 children in care in the UK and Ireland. One child enters the UK care system every 15 minutes. What’s more, over half are victims of neglect or abuse. Because children in care aren’t given a voice, the public don’t know about the problems they face every day. Which is why it’s so important that their story is heard.
Project_Sweat is a collaborative initiative, founded on the simple idea that designing a better kit bag could make a world of difference. The kit bags are designed to fully enclose damp swimsuits or sweaty activewear. The various, graphic bag motifs have been designed by Central Saint Martins BA Textile Design graduates. The Project_Sweat initiative has a strong focus on encouraging women through education. 25% of its profits go to the Central Saint Martins Hardship Fund, in order to help students receive the training and support they need. An additional 25% is donated to Pathways for Promise, which provides education to Bangladeshi garment factory workers.
Seabirds Ltd’s profits are donated to local community groups and charities
that work to improve wellbeing and the environment. As keen sea swimmers they recognise the huge benefits of getting in the sea to their wellbeing. Their aim is to introduce the joy of the waves and salted wellbeing to those who most need it. They source and sell products that are built to last and ethically made and avoid environmental waste and marine pollution damage to our oceans.
Secret Projects is a social business training and empowering women in India through the making and selling of ethical fashion and homeware. Their most popular products are the Secret Pillow, a pillow that unfolds into a blanket and the Secret Sari Dress, a clever beach wrap that unfolds out of itself made from Indian saris. All Makers are paid double minimum wage and receive a minimum of 3 free, trainings. The Makers send the income they generate on paying their children’s school fees, buying food and medicine and paying off crippling loans.
The Soap Co. is no compromise bath and beauty care with a conscience. Designed for good, their cruelty-free and paraben-free collections are crafted in small batches by people with a range of disabilities. A not-for-profit social enterprise, they provide meaningful employment that changes people’s lives for the better. But that’s just half the story. With natural botanicals and nourishing vitamins, their collections not only look good, they smell good and feel good too. Good for your skin. Good for the environment. Good for everyone.
Stand 4 Socks
What if socks could change the world? …Yes Socks! By reinventing the humble sock they hope to do just that, each pair of ethically made bold socks stand out for causes that matter and show what you stand for. Whats more each pair sold = one thick antibacterial pair is donated to a homeless person. Not only keeping feet warm, but providing employment opportunities as well. #SockOn
Studio 306 is an arts studio, based in Wood Green, London, where mental health recovery is aided through the creative process. Working with local disadvantaged individuals, the studio offers teaching, mentoring and access to an equipped studio space across four disciplines of ceramics, textiles, screen printing and Sterling Silver jewellery making. Members produce products on behalf of Studio 306, developing and learning new skills and boosting their confidence.
Zaytoun CIC supports the livelihoods of family farmers in Palestine, developing a market for their fairly traded artisan produce in the UK. Their products are a celebration of the exceptional quality that is produced in Palestine despite the obstacles presented by the illegal occupation. They work with Palestinian producers to trial new products and bring product quality and packaging up to exacting UK standards.