Pressure is coming from consumers to have the choice to shop with a social conscience. Even the local milkman is not immune! Charities are also reacting to this drive for a need to do good. Many of their products available from their retail stores are meeting environmental, health and fashion trends.
Delivering a healthier world to your door ….
Despite often being more expensive than normal food shops, people are asking for more than just milk from their milkman. David Derbyshire wrote an article in The Telegraph. His article; Milkmen ‘saved by rise of doorstep veg box’, suggests that ‘The middle-class fashion for organic vegetable boxes and home grocery deliveries’ has potentially ‘saved the British milkman from extinction’.
Why are people willing to pay more for products from the milkman? According to Carina Perkins, writing in The Grocer, awareness of plastic awareness has grown. People are turning to a glass alternative. Amazingly one bottle can be re-used up to 70 times with the average being 25. The milkman of today sells more than just milk. There are many of the daily essentials are sourced from local producers and suppliers. This suggests a desire to ‘buy local’ and support local communities. Many products are organic. Also packaging is often sustainable and plastic free and the method of delivery is becoming ever greener.
Companies are using solar power to charge it’s fleet and Milk & More have bought 200 zero-emission battery-powered electric StreetScooter vans. Not only are these environmentally friendly but reduce noise pollution. However, there is a school of thought that even glass bottles are not a solution. High temperatures and chemicals required to meet health standards have a negative environmental impact. But it’s a move in the right direction.
Help a cause, help the planet.
Heading in the right direction from those wanting to shop with a social conscious for eco-friendly goods and healthy eating. Areas not being over looked by UK charities are sustainability, promoting local businesses, and recycling.
Oxfam sells a range of products made from recycled fabric left from unwanted fashion textiles. The majority of their food items are fair trade. Wood products are from sustainable sources including Bamboo lunch boxes. The natural range of hair care products use organic ingredients are paragon free and approved by the Vegan Society.
At The National Trust for every pair of wood framed sunglasses bought, 10 trees are planted. Organic products vary from domestic cleaning products through to storage products, and even children’s dining sets. Zero-plastic is a strong theme amongst products. Products include:, alternative straws (metal and bamboo), bees wax wraps, organic storage bags and The Guppyfriend™ Washing Bag. This Outdoor Industry Gold Award 2016 Winner protects synthetic garments from releasing harmful microfibres in to the environment, offering a solution against microplastic pollution.
Here themes for recycling is echoed in the range of products available on The English Heritage site. Their site offers recycled wool blankets and cashmere hand warmers as well as a wide selection of sustainable bamboo socks with their anti-microbial properties.
At Cancer Research UK, they offer an extensive range of bamboo products for al fresco dining and plastic alternative picnic tableware along with organic beauty products by Jennifer Young.
Just One Ocean offers a great range of clothing. They are all made using organic cotton and promoting the need to tackle pollution of our seas. Moreover, they openly encourage you to see the supply chain of their products: https://justoneocean.teemill.co.uk/the-journey/
It’s not just Just One Ocean focussing on organic tee’s, Cool Earth does too, along with organic jewellery. Necklaces are made using seeds harvested by the women from their surrounding rainforest.
This small charity sells a book called Green Power, all about the health benefits of spirulina. But spirulina isn’t just a foodie fad. This super food is a valuable weapon in maintaining the health of the children in western Kenya. It’s properties make it a great immune system booster and is effective against HIV. Also remarkably, the amazing Spirulina is cultivated and sold to create income. This helps the communities in which the Nasio Trust work to break the cycle of poverty. They hope to cross to producing organic spirulina.
Charities are supporting UK and local food and drink industries. Even down to promoting the traditional methods used to make them. From traditionally made jams to organic wine and local gin, the range of food and drink is vaste. Helping one cause and making a difference to more.
Helping more than you know!
Preserving our national treasures or fighting against poverty, your purchase from these causes means so much more. So, supporting one cause, you end up supporting wider causes. Could this be a trend to develop across consumerism in general? BOON Gives is thrilled to support all these amazing causes knowing they are doing more good than you think!! ! Check out all the complete range of products from UK charities at BOON Gives! Do some good.