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18 Simple Ways To Give Back

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We enjoy a meal out or a new skincare treat as much as the next girl, but in our increasingly materialistic world, it’s important to give something back. From supper clubs supporting refugees to water bottles fighting world thirst, there are plenty of ways to support good causes and be more conscious with your money. Here’s our list of some of the best social enterprises helping communities and charities across the globe…

Social Pantry Social Suppers

Founded by Alex Head, Social Pantry is a catering company with a café on Lavender Hill serving up fresh, seasonal and delicious food. With a dedicated team of chefs, event planners and waiting staff, the company works with Key4Life, a charity that helps young offenders in prison and post-release get back into work and find a new path in life. Social Pantry recently launched Social Suppers, where five talented chefs partnered with five young men from the Key4Life project for an evening of canapes, drinks and inventive dishes. April’s Social Supper raised £2,000 through ticket sales – keep your eyes peeled for the second edition.

Visit SocialPantry.co.uk

 

TOMS

With every pair of TOMS purchased, the company will help a person in need, providing shoes, sight, water and safer birth services through their unique One for One model. Millions of people across the world have benefitted so far, and whether you want some easy, slip on crochet pumps or comfy sandals for the kids, you know what you’re buying could genuinely change a life.

Visit Toms.co.uk

 

Vin2o

Wine that helps combat water poverty? That’s something we can get on board with. Every bottle of Vin2o sold helps fund safe, clean water for those who desperately need it. In fact, 100% of profits go towards clean water projects. And the selection is impressive, supporting smaller, passionate winemakers who care about the environment – we recommend the organic Garnacha Tintorera.

Visit Vin2o.co.uk

 

MAC Viva Glam 

Created in 1994, Viva Glam has been raising money for the MAC AIDS fund for over 20 years. A whopping 100% of the profits of any product from the range – which comprises lipsticks and glosses in a whole host of shades – goes to the fund, which is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting organisations around the world that provide services to sufferers and their families. To date, the company has raised over $400 million. The quality is, of course, excellent, and no matter your skin tone you’re sure to find a hue to suit. As if we needed an excuse to buy more lipstick.

Visit MACCosmetics.co.uk

 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba 

Explore the stunning Riviera Maya in Mexico from the glorious setting of Banyan Tree Mayakoba, and make your holiday a sustainable one. Surrounded by freshwater lagoons, coral reefs and natural dunes, this five-star resort has warmth and charm in equal measure. A truly idyllic retreat, rejuvenate body, mind and soul whilst supporting a range of charitable causes. The hotel is committed to fair pay for all employees, helps to preserve local biodiversity, partners with charities helping to ensure sustainability and look after the Riviera Maya, is carbon neutral and is part of the Banyan Tree Global Foundation, which aims to minimise the environmental footprint of travellers through sustainable accommodation.

Visit BanyanTree.com

 

Soma Water Bottles

Practical, stylish, sustainable and helping to bring clean water to those who desperately need it, Soma’s water bottles and range of filters aim to help end the global water crisis. Though a partnership with charity: water and various limited-edition charity products, Soma have given thousands of people access to clean water through projects funded by customers. They also make a point of matching all employee donations to charity 100%. Not to mention, the designs are sleek, modern and minimal – the kindest way to bring the Scandi vibes to your home.

Visit DrinkSoma.com

 

Dans le Noir?

With outposts in London, Paris, Barcelona, St Petersburg and more, Dans le Noir? has certainly nailed location. The restaurant does what it says on the tin, diners eat in total darkness (you have to stick your finger in your glass when refilling your water to avoid spilling) without seeing the food, the people you’re sat with or the layout of the restaurant. Promising a true evening of surprise, chef Rafal Zaremba cooks up an inventive menu using locally sourced fresh products with a focus on texture, aroma and taste. Founder Edouard de Broglie was inspired to set up a profitable social enterprise to support blind people and Dans le Noir? was born. The restaurants donate 10% of profits to charity but crucially are trying to improve employment opportunities for disabled people, over 50% of staff have a disability and the venture continues to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of disabilities.

Visit DansLeNoir.com

 

Bhuti

Spend a day exploring the glorious sites of Richmond before booking into Bhuti for a luxurious spa experience. Sustainable and supporting natural beauty, the wellbeing centres offers everything from yoga and facials to sumptuous salads at their vegan café (which is well worth stopping by for). The lifestyle shop features ethical products and supports small companies and the spa is completely environmentally friendly. Book in now for a relaxing treat you can feel great about.

Visit Bhuti.co

 

Dragon Café

Set up as a ‘Mental Fight Club’, the Dragon Café is a creative space open to all that aims to support those in the local community with mental health issues. There’s a simple but refreshingly affordable menu, but you should visit for the activities. There's no booking and no fee involved, just turn up to enjoy everything from open mic poetry, art shows from mental health patients, dance classes and more. With an ever-changing roster of creative activities designed to target and boost mental wellbeing – free massage anyone? – this is where to lift your spirits. Open Monday’s 12pm-8:30pm.

Visit TheDragonCafe.com

 

Girl Stole London Tees

Blogger Lauren, aka Girl Stole London, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has since been spreading awareness of the disease, taking a no-holds-barred approach to sharing her treatment on social media. Her cheeky slogan tees, complete with ‘Fun Bags’, ‘Lady Lumps’ or ‘Knockers’, have been seen across the blogosphere, and 25% of profits go towards The Breast Cancer Haven, who support sufferers and their families. Be patient, most designs come in and out of stock due to high demand, but Lauren has promised more soon. 

Visit GirlStoleLondon.com

 

Neal's Yard Bee Lovely

Combining nourishing beeswax, organic honey and natural essential oils, Neal’s Yard’s Bee Lovely range will leave skin soft and hydrated whilst also saving the bees. A pressing issue, experts have warned that honeybees could disappear entirely from Britain as early as 2018, and Neal’s Yard are doing something about it. Since launching the range, of which at least £10,000 a year is donated to projects to help save the bees, the company has not only raised money but awareness, putting petitions to the government to take action. The beeswax and honey in the collection are sustainably sourced and the farmers are guaranteed a fair price. In need of a body moisturiser? You know which we recommend…

Visit Neal'sYardRemedies.com

 

Paper & Cup

This not-for-profit social enterprise serves up delicious treats and some of the best coffee in the capital, so there’s really no excuse not to pay a visit. Whether you’re searching for a space to finish that project or catch up with friends, Paper & Cup has you covered. Working with the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, the café offers training and support for homeless people, the long-term unemployed and those struggling with addiction. The interior is minimal and comes with plenty of books, it’s well worth an Instagram, just select something to read, order a cup of tea and while away a rainy afternoon.

Visit PaperAndCup.co.uk

 

The People's Fridge

A simple enough concept, but an effective one, The People’s Fridge is London’s first community fridge. Found in the centre of Brixton, the fridge is based on the idea that those who have food to get rid of donate it, and those who need the food take it. There’s no payment, just someone to check all food is edible and safe. An attempt to redistribute usually wasted food to those who can use it, anyone can donate and anyone can use the service.

Visit ThisIsGoodWork.org

 

The Soap Co.

Luxury skincare that does good and feels good – what’s not to love? East London-based The Soap Co. creates minimalist, body care products that are ethically and environmentally friendly.  With a host of delicious fragrances – black poppy and wild fig is our favourite – you’ll find everything from hand wash to an exfoliating soap pebble. All ingredients are sustainable, made right here in the UK, cruelty-free and are working to improve employment for disabled individuals. Around 80% of staff are disabled or disadvantaged and all profits are reinvested to help create further employment for blind people.

Visit TheSoapCo.org

 

The Starling Project

If you’re visiting the US, keep an eye out for these. The Starling Project is helping to light the world with clean energy, one candle at a time. The brand’s mission is to provide solar energy to communities in need around the world, providing development of solar power systems in various countries by supporting organisations including UNICEF. Through the sales of their hand-poured candles, the brand has raised over $100,000. Sadly, they don’t ship to the UK quite yet, but with a striking, minimal design and scents including fresh hyacinth and bamboo, and orange flower and amber, if you’re in America or know someone who is, we advise you order one or two.

Visit StarlingProject.org

 

Syrian Supper Club

Syrian Supper Club was born from the passion of three friends in 2012 who decided to do something to remind the people of Syria that amidst the tragic humanitarian crisis in their country, they have not been forgotten. To date, the suppers have raised over £100,000 towards projects in and around Syria. Book a place at one of the monthly meals held in London Fields to enjoy a delicious array of Middle Eastern dishes or contact the group to arrange your own supper.

Visit SyrianSupperClub.com

 

The Big Issue

A UK institution, The Big Issues tagline “a hand up not a hand out” explains it all. Through providing employment for magazine vendors, the foundation enables homeless individuals to take control of their lives and earn a legitimate income. It is a source of pride for many vendors and a lifeline for those facing poverty and exclusion. Empowering those they work with, The Big Issue Foundation also coordinates events and fundraising opportunities to highlight the vast inequalities in society.

Visit TheBigIssue.org.uk

 

The Brigade

Housed in a disused fire station just a stone’s throw from London Bridge, this restaurant’s six-month apprenticeship scheme supports homeless individuals, helping them develop skills and find long-term employment in the industry, and can boast hundreds of success stories to date.  Hire the Chef’s Library, a private dining area, for an intimate dining experience surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The pan-fried seabass and Farleigh Wallop strudel with red cabbage and honeyed parsnips come highly recommended, or there’s an impressive selection of sharing plates if you’re looking for a quick bite at the bar.

Visit TheBrigade.co.uk

 

 

 

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