Christmas is the season of giving, and while there’s a lot of choice out there for what we can spend our money on, we know right where we’re heading first for gifts: B Corps! B corps are companies (like us ) that have committed to using business as a force for good. They’re a wonderful first stop when you’re looking for ethically sourced goods or experiences with an extra layer of meaning.
Without further ado, here’s our list updated for 2017!
Who says you can’t shop and help change the world at the same time?
The little ones on your list will love Oishi-m’s colourful, quirky and, most importantly, comfy clothes. They’re unisex and made to last and be passed down – the opposite of fast fashion.
Why they’re good: Oishi-m produces clothing with environmentally friendly dyes in worker-friendly factories.
B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/oishi-m
In need of a stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift, or something for your coworker? Let us call your attention to Kester Black nail polishes. Apart from doing good, their polishes are super-high quality and come in a range of colours.
Why they’re good: Kester Black polishes are environmentally conscious, cruelty free, and 100% Australian made and owned. They also donate $1 for every online order to charity.
B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/kester-black
memobottle make reusable water bottles for the modern design-obsessor on your list. And they fit perfectly into bags and briefcases.
Why they’re good: The makers behind memobottle want you to use a refillable water bottle, and by making it a laptop bag-friendly modern design, you might just keep this one forever. And that would be a lot of bottles saved!
B Corp Profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/memobottle-pty-ltd
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
Eat Me Chutneys
Eat Me Chutneys make a whole bunch of delicious chutneys for the condiment connoisseur on your Christmas list. Also delicious for your own holiday feast!
Why they’re good: Eat Me Chutneys works against food wastage (by using wonky and bruised produce) and against unfair trade terms for farmers in developing nations (by using fairtrade certified ingredients). They also actively seek to employ and mentor those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
B Corp Profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/eat-me-chutneys
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!