The festive season this year is like no other and presents us with an opportunity to support local business and give back to our communities. Buying from an Australian Social Traders certified social enterprise this festive season means your spend will help support an important social cause.
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people with access to employment and training, or help the environment. At Social Traders we are fortunate to collaborate with some super progressive and socially aware businesses who produce top quality, unique goods ideal to give as presents this festive season.
Co-Ground’s new social enterprise, Do-Good Books is all about stories that inspire social change in young minds. They sell empowering and diverse children’s storybooks, inspiring the next generation of change-makers with titles such as All Bodies are Good Bodies, A Kids Book About Racism and Queer Heroes. All profits go towards Co-Ground’s education projects in the Asia-Pacific. Shop the range here.
Etiko is a family owned and operated apparel, footwear and sports ball business that has had the respect and promotion of human rights at the centre of its mission since its foundation in 2005. mas. Make your journey into ethical fashion here this Christmas.
Buying an artisan Christmas Hamper from Food Connect means supporting small-batch makers, increasing regional resilience and ensuring regenerative farmers are paid a fair price for their work. From the decadent to the budget-friendly, the ethically sourced, gourmet goods have been carefully curated in line with Food Connect’s vision for a world where everyone has access to healthy, fresh food that’s fair for growers, eaters and the environment. Shop there store for an ethical Christmas gift here.
Free to Feed was founded with the express purpose of assisting people seeking asylum to find meaningful employment opportunities and break the stifling sense of social isolation often faced by new arrivals. You can gift a friend or colleague the opportunity to share in an immersive, hands-on cooking experience and learn recipes that tell tales of generations of home cooks. Fervent foodie or first-timer, everyone’s welcome in the Free to Feed kitchen. Shop here now to book an immersive and delicious cooking experience for yourself, friends or colleagues with Free to Feed.
Fruit2Work recently introduced their home delivery service, which means you can order a fantastic box of fresh fruit or a mixed box of fruit & vegetables as a healthy gift option this festive season. All the fruit and vegetables are seasonal to ensure the best quality available and your purchase will support a for-purpose, certified social enterprise. Shop here to a order a unique gift for your colleagues or loved ones this Christmas.
The team at Goodwill Wine have so far donated over $250,000 and supported over 300 charities in pursuit of their vision that drinking wine might just be able to help change the world for the better. Shop here to help spread the goodwill this holiday season and treat colleagues, clients, family and friends to a bottle of delicious Coonawarra Red or maybe a Macedon Ranges Sparkling from the quality Goodwill Wine cellar.
GG’s Flowers and Hampers is Australia’s leading socially conscious gift basket delivery service providing employment opportunities for people with special needs, and they have teamed up with some incredible social enterprises around the nation to bring you the perfect gift you can send anywhere! Shop here to select the perfect hamper of scrumptious savoury and sweet treats guaranteed to impress clients, family and friends alike!
Green Collect are the specialists in finding the best environmental outcome for a wide variety of hard-to-recycle items from the office and home. Their focus is on innovative resource recovery, and are dedicated to keeping excess and waste office items out of landfill, keeping them in the circular economy through reuse, remake, and recycle. Shop here for environmentally-conscious products for the home and body – helping you live a little greener.
#GoKindly’s motivation is to make the world kinder, and by striving to be better people. Partnering with two female-centric organisations who do amazing work to help vulnerable women. They provide emergency accommodation, long-term affordable housing options and other crisis services. Shop now, for those who want a great nights sleep!
her.platform are on a mission to promote and empower women. 100% of profits from each sale of their essential oils, tees and totes, or subscriptions to their online community are invested in mental health and wellbeing programs delivered for free to women experiencing crisis and vulnerabilities. Shop their range here.
HoMie started out of curiosity in 2015, between 3 friends eager to break down the stigma associated with homelessness and those experiencing it rough on the streets.
Starting as just a Facebook page – Homelessness of Melbourne aimed to draw awareness to the faces and stories of everyday people affected by homelessness and allow people to share their own narrative in a dignified way, ultimately destigmatising and humanising the issue. Shop here for cool new threads this Christmas!
Kinfolk are a not-for-profit cafe. They believe in ‘eating well, for good’ and 100% of their distributable profits are donated to Australian charities. There in-house training program delivers capacity building and a community for volunteers from all walks of life and each week the team deliver food relief to vulnerable Victorians. Shop here for stunning Christmas gift hampers for your loved ones!
LoveLuvo was created by WCIG in 2011 to provide sustainable, paid employment opportunities for people who experience barriers to finding a job. Giving people an opportunity to build skills and confidence in a supportive work environment. Their commitment to the community stems from LoveLuvo’s central ethos; The good you do comes back to you. Find your perfect Christmas gift here for a wonderful range of candles, homewares and much more!
Magpie Goose is a social impact business that partners with Aboriginal artists to create powerful statement clothing. Magpie Goose creates new economic + creative opportunities for Aboriginal people around Australia; and provides a platform for people to connect, celebrate and learn from Aboriginal people, culture and stories. Shop here for powerful statement clothing created by Aboriginal artists.
Nigretta of Hamilton are one of the most successful producers of hand crafted wooden chopping boards in Australia. They are most well known for their Australian Made and Eco friendly chopping and serving boards. Their cutting and serving boards are shaped, crafted and sanded by a combination of skilled support employees and employees with a disability or disadvantage. Their supervisors and support workers focus on helping their supported employees learn new vocational and life skills and develop old ones, promoting independence, confidence, and sense of accomplishment. Shop here for the perfect gift this Christmas
What makes RREPP’s products so unique is that environmental sustainability and social justice causes have been taken into account throughout every step of their supply chains. They also reinvest a portion of their profits into a range of community and social causes. This Christmas until midnight on the 6th December, they are offering a free organic Fairtrade gift for any purchases made via their online shop. Shop here for there match quality range of sporting balls and street wear.
She Maps supports the development of STEM skills for groups traditionally under-represented in the STEM workforce. They’ve recently published Pippa & Dronie, a children’s book for young readers aged 5-9, celebrating diversity in STEM. The book introduces children to real-life female role models doing amazing things in their work with drones. Purchase Pippa & Dronie here.
SisterWorks Inc was born in May 2013, there vision is an Australia where all migrant women are given the opportunities to become economically empowered. Through work and entrepreneurship, SisterWorks’ mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants so they can improve their confidence, mental wellbeing, sense of belonging and economic outlook. Shop here to give women the support they need to reach their full potential.
This holiday season, Society Melbourne have put together the ‘Melbourne Community Goods Hampers’. If your stuck for ideas and feeling overwhelmed by choice in this gift guide, then you can purchase one of these hampers and support up to eight social enterprises! 100% of the profits of these hampers will go towards a range of social causes from empowering young people experiencing homelessness to supporting refugees, migrants and community building projects in neighbouring countries. Shop for a Melbourne Community Goods Hamper here.
When you buy from Stitches and Prints, you are providing people living with disability with the opportunity of paid, meaningful employment and training and development pathways. Stitches and Prints produce reusable, recycled and re-purposed shopping bags, every day bags and tea towels. Shop their range of ecofriendly Christmas gifts here.
Youth homelessness and disadvantage are hard to swallow. That’s why STREAT works to stop it, one mouthful at a time, in order to provide disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 with a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. By purchasing gifts for family, colleagues, clients and friends through STREAT’s Go Green for Good campaign, you’ll be helping young people and the planet and what’s more the Westpac Foundation will match your money! Shop here for a great range of Christmas goodies this holiday season!
Established in Australia over 130 years ago, St John Ambulance is one of Australia’s original social enterprises and are passionate about saving lives through first aid. Wondering what to get that person who seems to have everything? Why not a first aid kit? Shop their range here.
Discover what the locals know and where the foodies go! Each tour is a back-stage pass to Sydney’s authentic and modern multicultural cuisines, all enhanced by Australia’s freshest local ingredients. The tours support diverse local communities through training programs and employment opportunities. Shop here and book a tasty behind the scenes tour for yourself or a group of colleagues to kick off the holiday season in style!
Thankyou is a social enterprise which believes in ending global poverty in this lifetime. That’s why they commit profits from their products in order to help people in need. When a product is purchased from their online shop, purchasers can use the unique Tracker ID on the Thankyou product to see the exact details of the project the purchase is assigned to fund. Shop here for a great range of body washes, hand creams, gift sets and holiday gift giving inspo.
If you’re looking to leave 2020 behind and start afresh, The Big Issue has you sorted with its 2021 calendar – on sale today! Packed full of stories and photographs from Big Issue vendors all over Australia and hilarious cartoons by Andrew Weldon, it’s a celebration of 25 years of Big Issue vendors proudly working to positively change their lives. At $15 it’s the perfect gift for your mother, brother, neighbour, dentist, juggling instructor…or anybody! Purchase a calendar from your local Big Issue Vendor or if you’re in Melbourne, you can shop online here.
The Freedom Hub Ethical Gift store products have all been sourced with the risk of slavery in supply chains in mind. Browse their range of locally handmade soy candles, Italian wines, boutique handpicked Australian herbal teas and a limited edition ballerina print sketched by a survivor of slavery. The Freedom Fighter Coffee Bean profits help rescue child soldiers in the coffee’s country of origin. 100% of profits from all purchases support survivors who have experienced modern slavery here in Australia. Shop online or get in contact for bulk discounts and wholesale prices.
The Good Box provides those experiencing homelessness with a beautiful gift along with a conversation to brighten up their day. The boxes are a vehicle to an important conversation which can help some of the most isolated people in our society to be more likely to seek and accept assistance. Buy his and hers Goodie Boxes now, and you can even spoil your pets too!
We all saw the devastation caused by the bushfires, with an estimated 1 billion animals killed or impacted. That’s why in 2016, the founders started making candles at home to sell at markets around Melbourne and have now expanded into retail stores across Australia. The Karma Collective online store now includes a beautiful range of gift products. When you purchase from Karma Collective, you can be confident that you are giving a quality gift and you can also be proud that 50% of profits are donated to animal charities. Find your perfect Christmas gift here for a wonderful range of hand-made candles, art prints, earrings, foods and much more!
The Mildura Chocolate Company is not only a producer of one of the tastiest ranges of chocolate treats around, but they are also a work-skills provider for its supported workforce. Mildura Chocolate Company is a branch of the Christie Centre, a not-for-profit Disability Support Organisation. Shop here for delicious Secret Santa gifts and all your holiday treats.
The Social Outfit is a fashion label with a difference. They are an ethical trading social enterprise that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities in clothing production, retail, design and marketing. Shop here for socially conscious fashion, accessories, stationery and more to step out in style this holiday season.
Two Good Co. began ten years ago as an ad-hoc Kings Cross cook-out for the area’s less fortunate. Their road-side barbecue evolved into Australia’s first organic soup kitchen at Saint Canice’s in Kings Cross. Now, they run a ‘buy one give one’ social enterprise, for each meal sold they give an identical meal to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors. They also sell a range of body products, apparel and an excellent cook book, all available on their online store. Shop here now for Good Things.
Waverley Catering is one of Melbourne’s largest employers of adults living with disability. They are also an all time favourite social enterprise caterer. Waverley Catering expanded to produce gift boxes during COVID and are proud to offer them for Christmas 2020. They have partnered with Melbourne companies to curate a range of gift boxes full of popular products to delight your family, friends, neighbours, clients and colleagues. Each box also contains a card letting the recipient know that the purchase has supported Waverley employees. Shop now to order online now and avoid missing out!
Wild Timor Coffee beans are more than just coffee – each one represents support provided for a developing community. Wild Timor Coffee was founded in 2012 by four mates, all soldiers in the Australian Army who were deployed to Timor-Leste as peacekeepers. Together they formed Wild Timor Coffee to buy coffee beans directly from Timorese farmers, offering them a fair price and using the funds raised through roasting and selling the coffee, to invest in a range of social impact programs to support communities back in Timor-Leste. Shop here for Wild Timor gift hampers, coffee beans, chai, hot chocolate and more. Every bean counts!
Who Gives A Crap was started with the knowledge that 2.4 billion people across the world do not have access to a toilet (now 2 billion – yay for progress!). That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. The Who Gives a Crap toilet paper range is not only kind to the environment – with its 100% bamboo and plastic free products – but 50% of their profits help fund new toilets. Shop their range of toilet paper packs, tissues, paper towels and dream cloths here. They have also just dropped a super fun A-Z range of toilet paper and offer seriously cute gift cards.
Rebuild’s online store sells unique, custom-made woodwork pieces that are manufactured by participants of YMCA ReBuild, a social enterprise dedicated to rebuilding the lives of young people involved in, or who are at risk of being involved in, the criminal justice system. All proceeds are invested straight back into YMCA ReBuild enabling them to train, employ, mentor and build long term careers for more young people. Shop their wide range of pots, grazing boards, furniture and wooden toys here.
To find out how you can build social enterprise spend into your daily business activities reach out to our business and government member team here.
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