AN ETHICAL PRESENTS GUIDE FOR CHRISTMAS

AN ETHICAL PRESENTS GUIDE FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s that time of the year again, presents will be bought, exchanged and given. We want to express our love, say thank you, pamper and make loved ones feel good. We think that this a great opportunity to make a difference, why not choose something that looks good and does good? With our 50/50 Project, half of the profits go to good causes. Our first partnership is with UK Charity The Passage, when you buy a poster from the range, together, we’re helping them end homelessness. But we know that we’re not the only ones trying to make a difference, that’s why we’ve created an Ethical Presents Pinterest Board that we hope will inspire you next time you’re looking for a present. Below are the posters from our 50/50 Project plus a small sample from our  Ethical Presents Pinterest board, don’t forget to check it as we’ll keep updating it! 1. 50/50 Project Sharing 50% of the profits with homelessness charity The Passage, for sale on Etsy: 2. The Soap Co. An ethical luxury brand that employs people who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged. Have a look.   3. Living Naturally. A Plant-based Laundry, Haircare & Skincare Range for sensitive skin, based on Certified Organic Herbs & Certified Organic Wild-crafted Soapnuts. More about them here.   4. Iam By Nature. The easy way to make natural products at home. 0% Preservatives. 100% Natural. Gives 1% of profits away to Find Your Feet, to help women in rural communities build a sustainable future for their families. More here.   5. Faith In Nature. “We believe in doing good for our customers. We believe in doing...
AN OPEN LETTER TO COCA COLA

AN OPEN LETTER TO COCA COLA

Dear Coca Cola, Congratulations on your PlantBottle™. You developed it in 2009, and it’s a fantastic step forward. We applaud the fact that it substitutes 30% of its fossil-based resources with sugarcane. We also applaud that you have licensed the technology to Ford for their interiors their Ford Fusion and Heinz for their ketchup bottles. PlantBottle™ now accounts for 7% of your global packaging volume (30% in the USA). You have made 35 billion of them. By 2020 you want to convert all your PET bottles to PlantBottle™. It’s great news that you are developing a 100% plant-based bottle for the future. It seems like a genuine move by you to a more sustainable future. It’s good business too, as you say yourselves: “The innovative PlantBottle Technology™ has resonated with consumers, helped boost sales, generated headlines, and earned sustainable and innovation awards.” But we have one problem with all of this. And it’s the little ™ on the end of PlantBottle™. Why do we have a problem with this? After all, you developed it, it’s your intellectual property and you have every right to be in control of who uses it. You are sharing it with other non-competitive companies. It’s your asset. It’s your brand. Fleming famously didn’t patent Penicillin and others progressed the medicine for the benefit of all. What would the world be like if he’s kept hold of the patents? Elon Musk made Tesla’s technology open source. He wrote in 2014 “patents… stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors.” So Coke, it’s really great that you are developing...
10 ECO FRIENDLY PRINT & PACKAGING RESOURCES

10 ECO FRIENDLY PRINT & PACKAGING RESOURCES

  Do you need help with your packaging? Are you a start-up food business or just want to reduce waste? We like sharing and believe that we should try to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible. Here are 10 links to producers and information about sustainable eco-friendly packaging. We hope you find it helpful (the titles are links to their websites). 1 WRAP. They can help with all your inquiries regarding the most sustainable solution for your packaging based on current thinking. 2 KINYL Interesting paper pulp packaging. They use Bagasse, products are non-toxic, compostable and biodegradable. Can be moulded into any shape. Available in a variety of colours. 3 ECOLOGIC BRANDS Ecologic Brands is dedicated to creating a more sustainable world through better packaging choices. Let’s face it, much of today’s packaging is not recycled and piles up in landfills. In fact, 71% of today’s plastic milk and laundry bottles are sent to landfill where they sit for centuries. 4 BE GREEN PACKAGING Plant fibre based pulp8, can be moulded into most shapes. They are Cradle 2 Cradle certified. 5 FRUGALPAC The Frugalpac cup is made from recycled paper and can be put in any recycling bin marked paper or cardboard. Most cups used can’t be recycled in all but one recycling facility in the UK, meaning that 2.5 billion paper cups a year are sent to landfill. 6 LONDON BIO PACKAGING London Bio Packaging supplies compostable and recycled packaging to the food and catering industry. They also offer printing services. We have found them to be very helpful and good to work with. They offer many different types of packaging...
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

The 21st day of September has been marked since 1981 by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace. You can find out more about it here: http://internationaldayofpeace.org We thought it would be nice to celebrate it with an olive branch, but with a local flavour. That’s why we chose the Robin. It would be lovely to see designers from all over the world celebrate it with birds that represent their countries, especially as birds...
ETHICS UNKOWN: Do we need an ethical labelling system?

ETHICS UNKOWN: Do we need an ethical labelling system?

Do you choose the ethical or sustainable alternative as often as you can? It feels good making a purchase that helps people or the planet. But do you choose things that aren’t? I mean, do you choose a product based on the fact that it isn’t ethical? Or do you choose it because you like it, it’s cheap etc? i.e. You ignore the ethics or sustainability of the product? Obviously, there are schemes out there such as Fairtrade (who do great work) that tell you if something is ethical. But these schemes are like a switch. You either are or you aren’t part of it. What if a business was trying to be ethical, but wasn’t quite there yet? Or what if they ignored ethics entirely? If you were buying an appliance in the UK, would you choose the product that was the least energy efficient? No, of course not. It’s difficult to even buy an appliance that isn’t highly rated for energy efficiency because it’s what consumers want. There are many stories about brands that say they have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but then we hear about them using child labour or factories that collapse on their workers, or used factories that forced pregnant workers to get abortions, or confiscating migrant workers’ passports, unsafe working conditions, sweatshops, etc. They apologise, say they ‘will do better next time’ and then it happens again. And again. Often products are outsourced, then that company outsources, and the chain of custody is difficult to trace. That doesn’t let the corporations off the hook. The issue is that they squeeze the supply chain for...
LOVE ORGANIC ICE CREAM LAUNCHED IN EDIBLE CARTON

LOVE ORGANIC ICE CREAM LAUNCHED IN EDIBLE CARTON

We’ve been working with a start up on a new range or Organic ice creams, the first flavour they’re launching is chocolate, it’s organic of course and is going into shelves as we write this post. But there is something else that makes this project really special. We love the fact that José Warren (the founder of Love Ice Cream) is passionate about local, organic and natural ingredients. For him making a good ice cream wasn’t enough though, the packaging had to match the principles of the product it’ll contain, waste was something he was keen to avoid. That’s why Warren together with his team developed an edible carton. This wasn’t an easy job, a lot of time, research and effort went into it. After over 2 years of tests and prototypes they found a solution they were happy with. When Warren approached us asking to help him with the branding and packaging design we were a bit skeptical, we’re amazed at what he had achieved in principle, but wondered if the carton would taste any  good. He explained that they’ve worked with a mixture of potato starch, rice, corn, and oils flavoured with almonds, coconut, vanilla or cinnamon. We got to try the ice creams and cartons before working on the project and loved them. Here are some pictures of the finished product and of a little taste session. We loved this project, hopefully you’ll enjoy it just as much. #Aprilfools (sorry, we wish it were...