Christmas is the season of giving, and while there’s a lot of choice out there for what we can spend our money on, it’s a challenge finding ethically sourced products. In the spirit of Christmas and our recent B Corp certification, we want to celebrate the B Corp community that we are part of, by sharing some of our favourite gift ideas from B Corps around Australia.
So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your loved one, look no further than this inspiring list! Who says you can’t shop and help change the world at the same time?
Bellroy are a Melbourne-based company that create slim, beautifully designed wallets and sleeves. Their goal is to improve the way people carry their everyday essentials and have established themselves as an ethical company that cares about the planet. Check out their full catalogue here.
Why they’re good: Their wallets are long-lasting, high quality and non-toxic. They seek biodegradable or recyclable materials wherever necessary.
B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/bellroy
Dumbo Feather is a magazine about extraordinary ideas and the extraordinary people behind them. It’s the perfect gift to inspire someone to make a positive and lasting change in the New Year!
Why they’re good: Each quarterly issue features five extended profiles of people worth knowing, across enterprise, education, science, sport, politics, fashion and the arts.
B Corp Profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/dumbo-feather
Thread Harvest’s vision is for every individual to harness their potential for doing good through what they wear. Ethical fashion doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style for substance. Thread Harvest sources beautiful clothing, jewellery and gifts that are ethical and sustainable.
Why they’re good: “We are for the conscientious shoppers, change-makers who care about both style and substance, and who embrace higher virtues of empathy, respect and compassion.”
B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/thread-harvest
Honest to Goodness
Honest to Goodness is an organic and natural food supplier providing ethically sourced pantry staples. Their diverse product range promises no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, sweeteners, hydrogenated fats or GMOs. As with any food-related gift they offer hampers with delicious samples of their finest products.
Why they’re good: Wherever possible Honest to Goodness sources organic, fair trade or biodynamic products and prefer locally grown products in support of local communities and regional Australia.
B Corp Profile: https://www.bcorporation.net/community/honest-to-goodness
School of Life
Experiences can offer a longer lasting sense of fulfilment than ‘things’ do, so if you want to share an experience with someone; The School Of Life offers courses and events to attend all year round. The School of Life also offers classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person.
Why they’re good: The School of Life addresses issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past and change the world.
‘Who Gives A Crap’ Christmas Edition Toilet Paper
For those of us who really ‘don’t give a crap’ about gifts—there’s one thing that rarely goes unappreciated. Toilet paper.
Who Gives A Crap has teamed up with some of Australia’s best artists to design the ’12 Rolls of Christmas’ for their Christmas edition. Fun! Each box comes with 48 double lengths rolls of premium bamboo toilet paper. Stock up, and never run out of toilet paper again.
Why they’re good: The company donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/who-gives-a-crap
Sharing a glass with friends
Remember, although gifts are one of the reasons we all love Christmas, it’s important to connect with our families, friends and communities at this time of year. If you want to give back, you can always do so by donating to a cause you personally connect with, or on behalf of someone who would really appreciate the donation to their favourite charity or cause.
We hope we have sparked ideas for your Christmas shopping — make sure you spend wisely!