Australian Companies Making a Difference
Companies that sell products for the purpose of helping people, animals and environments in need are few and far between. So it's so refreshing to see Australian companies that are not only selling great products, but are also giving something back. Here are a handful of businesses that I've discovered, please comment with any others you think I should know about.
Thankyou is a social enterprise that believes they can end global poverty in this lifetime. They give 100% of the profits from their baby, water, food and body care products to help people in need. Almost a billion people live in extreme poverty, while six billion people don't. They think the six billion of us could work together to put an end to global poverty, for good.
Two Good's vision is that no person in a refuge feels unworthy of love. Every time you buy a Two Good meal or product you do two good things - 1. You enjoy a deliciously wholesome meal created by Australia's hottest chefs and cooks; or you enjoy beautiful, high quality skin and haircare products; or you enjoy wearing well-crafted clothing. 2. You provide the same nutritious meal, skin and haircare products or clothing to domestic violence refuges and people sleeping rough. Good for them. Twice the good for you.
Who Gives a Crap
2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhoea related diseases fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 900 children under 5 every day. Who Gives a Crap make all of their toilet papers and tissues with environmentally friendly materials and donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.
One Night Stand Sleepwear
One Night Stand was born from Jamie Green’s own experience with hardship in 2010. Once back on his feet, Jamie decided that he wanted to help others who were facing hard times. With every sale of One Night Stand Sleepwear they provide a meal through their Australian giving partner Ozharvest (who run a food rescue and delivery service, ensuring all the meals provided are healthy and sustainable). In addition, 50% of their profits go towards funding projects that provide shelter and employment opportunities for homeless youth. They now have an exclusive partnership with General Pants Co. who are helping them grow and create greater impact.
HoMie stands for 'Homeless of Melbourne Incorporated Enterprise'. A street wear store on Brunswick Street in Melbourne as well as an online store, featuring not just HoMie branded clothing, but also Stussy and Cotton On, the objective of HoMie is to make donating easy for the public, to make receiving help dignified for those in need, and to ultimately eradicate local homelessness through its retail training and employment program. HoMie really is the store that gives.
Koala are not only on a mission to enhance your sleeping experience, they're on a mission to protect the future of one of our national icons. When you buy a Koala Mattress you’ll also be adopting a real live Koala in a partnership with the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. Upon your purchase, you’ll be sent an official certificate of adoption and you’re always welcome to drop by and say hello to our koala family.
Natures Organics have been producing naturally based household cleaning and personal care products dating back to the 1950’s. They are dedicated to providing products that use plant based ingredients, biodegradable surfactants and sustainable packaging. Their range of over 90 products includes haircare, skincare and household cleaning. They are 100% Australian made and owned and currently provide employment for over 130 people.
Known as the 'lungs of the earth', the rainforests in Indonesia provide 45% of the earths oxygen. Fires are raging across 5000km lengths of these rainforests, creating toxic air, causing health problems for local people and killing Orangutans. Orangatuns are only found in this part of the world and are now under threat of becoming extinct within the next 10 years. It's not a natural disaster, these fires are intentionally set by palm oil companies to clear land of native trees. This devastation effects everyone. Rainforests are the single, greatest source of the air we breathe. Hartwood House source and sell traditional rattan bags from Borneo, with the profits from each bag sold donated to The Orangutan Project - contributing to buying back land, habitat protection and animal aid.
Give first, wear second. Smile Clothing's premise is relatively simple – for every item of clothing sold, they will donate a school uniform or t-shirt to a child in need. One for one. They believe this offers a sustainable way of providing for children in parts of the world where simple things such as clean t-shirts or school uniforms are not plentiful, or in some cases, not available at all. 2010 saw Smile Co begin their clothing programs throughout Indonesia and they gave away 300 shirts to orphanages and schools in low socio-economic regions throughout Bali and Lombok. Since then they have successfully given away over 8,000 school uniforms and t-shirts to children in need.