A social enterprise is a company that uses their business to create positive social change. These businesses focus on improving the well-being of people and our environment rather than maximising their profits. By choosing to buy these brands over others you know the money you’re spending is going to a great cause.
Thankyou is a consumer movement that empowers you to fund life-changing projects through simple choices in your every-day life. 1.4 billion people in our world live in extreme poverty. Meanwhile Australian spend hundres of millions of dollars every year on bottled water, food, soap and other consumer goods. What if purchasing these everyday products could provide life-changing solutions to people in need?
Once all the costs involved in bringing you great products are taken care of, every cent left funds life-changing projects in the developing world. You can even Track your Impact by using Thankyou’s web app (accessible through your smartphone or computer) that connects you with the impact you make through your purchase. We think that’s pretty awesome!
Who Gives A Crap started when founders Simon, Jehan and Danny learnt that 2.5 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 globally kill 2,000 children under 5 every day. They thought that was pretty crap.
So in July 2012, they launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in their draughty warehouse and refused to move until they had enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, they’d raised over $50,000.
Who Gives a Crap toilet paper donates 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.Their impact to date shows that every roll of Who Gives A Crap is basically providing someone with access to a toilet for about one week. When it comes to flushing out poverty and saving the planet, they’re on a roll!
The Social Studio is a fashion label, shop and cafe that celebrates the style and skills of diverse cultures in Australia. They champion diversity, community, education, sustainability, design and ethical business practices and create professional development and opportunity for young members of the community who are most in need of a voice, mode of expression and agency.
The Social Studio provides the opportunity to work and learn for young people with talent who have experienced being a refugee. They create beautifully crafted products showcasing local design and promoting sustainable and ethical fashion in Australia and create connections between people from diverse cultures and sharing knowledge, skills and stories.
These are just a few of the many businesses using the power of their consumers to create some good! If you think about it the purchases you make every day can change the world. Now doesn’t that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling?