Why we do this
The lifestyles we lead are harming our home. Plastic is polluting both our land and seas; a shocking 91% of all plastic waste isn't recycled. Our demands for goods at a cheap price means that the people around the world who make our products can be exploited and often work in unsafe conditions for very little money.
Last year, I spent time working with sea turtle in Costa Rica. The impact of plastic pollution is devastating.
But the choices we make can change things for the better. I'm Lucy, the founder of Good Things. I've been inspired by innovative products changing the world:
- A company turning waste plastic bottles into colourful toys.
- A project training deaf and disabled people in craft skills, in order to earn a good wage making beautiful gifts for children.
- Products that help children care for the planet, creating homes for animals and growing trees and plants.
Here I am working with female entrepreneurs in Tanzania last year:
I've spent time in Nepal and Tanzania working with entrepreneurs as they set up small businesses. Supporting enterprises which help people earn a decent wage can be life-changing. With a regular source of income, parents were able to send their children to school and afford urgent healthcare. I know the products are out there, the challenge is that these suppliers are often small and they struggle to tell people about their brilliant products.
So I had an idea: we often buy gifts for people at the last minute. If I can offer a range of unusual and fun gifts which are kind to the environment and fair for the people who make them, then you know the positive impact goes far beyond the person receiving that gift.
Good Things seeks out innovative, fair and sustainable products for kids that do great things. We champion these suppliers, tell their stories and offer their products in our online shop. We want to make it easy for people to make choices that have a positive impact on the planet. We wrap these products up and send them out in completely recyclable packaging.
How we work
Good Things provides people with fun, ethical and sustainable choices that grow the livelihoods of those facing challenge. We believe that where we choose to spend our money is important and strive to delight our customers, help them buy better and support good causes.
We care: about our impact on the planet; about the people who make our products; about those who choose to shop with us and about the children who play with our products.
We'd love to know what you think: get in touch
We champion and celebrate difference and diversity. You'll find this in that way we do things (we want business to work for everyone!) and what we offer.
Children learn through play and we believe it's really important that they're exposed to as many different role models and situations as possible at an early age. In our shop you will never find products categorised by gender. You can also search for gender neutral products and racially diverse characters. We will keep expanding these options; it's important to us that our products include more diverse role models as we grow.
We're driven to make things better. We don't think the products we use should cost the earth; either because of how and what they're made of, or because the people making them work in bad conditions. We will keep going until this changes.
We love what we do, and we want you to enjoy it too. But our most important reviewer is our end-user: we know we've got it right when children are having fun with our products!
We also love an office dance and taking a break to play with the toys we stock.