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About Us

Why we do this

Good Things seeks out inspiring ethical and sustainable gifts that support charities, empower people and protect our planet. Then we make it easy for you to find them in our online shop.

The problem

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 on a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. The impact of plastic pollution is devastating the natural world.

Plastic pollution on the beach
Lucy from Good Things with toys

Another way

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 doing good things: 

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So I had an idea: we often buy gifts for people at the last minute. What if there was a range of unusual and fun gifts which support charities and social enterprises, are kind to the environment and fair for the people who make them? Then you know the positive impact of that product goes far beyond the person receiving that gift. 

At Good Things you’ll find inspiring ethical and sustainable gifts that support charities, empower people and protect our planet. Discover gifts for all ages and inspiring ideas like cards that plant trees, beautiful handmade wooden games providing good wages healthcare, education and sanitation for artisans and their families in India,  and notebooks made from recycled coffee cups. 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 plastic-free, reusable and recyclable packaging

 

Some of our suppliers - Good Things
Clockwise from top left: creating hand-loomed cotton toys in Sri Lanka; Clemence works on a handmade card at Cards from Africa in Rwanda; cotton ready for weaving; creating artwork at ARTHOUSE Unlimited

How we work

Vision

We believe our choices, and the products we buy, can change the world - for better or for worse. Our vision is a world where the products we buy empower people and protect our planet.

Our values

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Caring

We care: about our impact on the planet; about the people who make our products; and about those who enjoy our products.

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Different

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 the products 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 - we're proud to have been awarded the Let Toys Be Toys Toymark. You can 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.

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Driven

We're driven to make things better. We don't think the products we use should harm the earth because of how they're made, what they're made of, or because the people making them are exploited. We will keep talking about this and championing alternatives until this changes.

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Fun

We love what we do, and we want you to enjoy it too. There's nothing we like more than finding fun, unusual products and sharing them with the world! We know we've got it right when people tell us how much they love them too.

We also love an office dance and of course testing the toys and games we stock. Stay in touch by following our social channels and signing up to have some Good Things popped into your inbox every weekend.

Find out lots more in our blogs: Starting a Social Enterprise and Little Ways to Love the Planet.

If you know of a charity, social enterprise or eco business making a positive difference through gifts, toys or games we'd love to know about them! Get in touch.