18 Jan 2018
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The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. If you follow us on social media, you will have seen our Fighting the Good Fight digital advent calendar.
Every day since the start of December, we have been showcasing organisations and businesses that are tackling the biggest social and environmental issues we face today. We believe they deserve to be celebrated, for they are the daring innovators, the movers and the shakers, the disruptors to ‘business as normal’, taking the lead for industry and consumers to follow.
Every year we are told to stop wasting so much at Christmas. If you wanted to go completely cold turkey on presents this year, have a look at UnGifted. But for those of you who aren’t quite ready for a present-free Christmas, here’s the next best thing- our Fighting the Good Fight Gift Guide 2017! By making just one small purchase from this guide, you could make a big impact.
1/ Ginerosity 50cl Gin, £25
A social enterprise gin, whose profits are poured back into projects to help disadvantaged young adults in the UK and abroad. We’ve heard the gin tastes delicious as well!
2/ Toast Ale, Bloomin’ Lovely Session IPA, £2.50 –
An award-winning craft beer brewed with fresh surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted. All profits go to the charity, Feedback, to put an end to food waste. Bloomin’ Lovely has a punchy, intense hop aroma. It’s moderate alcohol versus other IPAs in the market so you can enjoy it as a session beer.
3/ Change Please, Lucy’s Blend Roasted Coffee Beans, £4
Backed by the Big Issue, Change Please is a social enterprise that provides homeless people with the skills, equipment and support required to become fully fledged baristas, selling specially selected, high-quality coffee from mobile carts. Lucy was the very first Change Please employee and is now living off the streets, earning the London living wage and serving up coffee in Canary Wharf. 100% of the profits from every packet of coffee helps to support formerly homeless people.
4/ KeepCup, Brew- Cork Edition 12oz, £19
The first barista standard reusable cup, designed for coffee lovers on the move, replicating the core form and functions of disposable cups but allowing reusability. We’ve all got one at Veris HQ and we definitely recommend making the swap! #SaluteTheReuser
5/ The Soap Co. Black Poppy and Wild Fig Gift Set, £23
Naturally rich and moisturising, Black Poppy & Wild Fig bar soap invigorates your skin with added poppy seeds to aid exfoliation.
The Soap Co. is made in Keswick, supporting more than 10 people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged. The soap is wrapped in a compostable biofilm, 100% recycled paper and then finished with a compostable sticky label.
6/ Sseko Designs, Half Moon Crossbody Clutch, £97
Sseko Designs is on a mission to educate and empower women in Uganda, every exquisitely crafted Sseko product is helping to end the cycle of poverty by creating dignified jobs and sustainable economic opportunity across Africa. This beautiful bag is handcrafted from small batch, rugged, oil-tanned cowhide leather.
7/ ChicP Hummus, £2.50
An ethically-conscious foodie making healthy hummus dips from fruit and vegetables that are not seen ‘fit’ for supermarket use. We love dipping our veg into the Beetroot, Horseradish and Sage hummus!
8/ Snact, Apple & Cinnamon Kick Banana bar (5 bars), £5.99
The newest addition to the Snact collection, hand-made banana bars packed with all the nutrition of flawless fruit and help the UK tackle food waste. The packaging is also fully compostable, so it also helps to tackle plastic waste too!
*This is not an affiliated blog post, all prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change.*