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 on a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. The impact of plastic pollution is devastating the natural world.
- A company turning waste plastic bottles into colourful eco toys and preventing them from going to landfill.
- Beautiful gifts that transform lives in Tanzania through well-paid work and opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Eco-friendly cotton toys that provide fairly paid work and fund education for women in rural areas of Sri Lanka.
Watch my recent TedX to find out more about the experiences that inspired Good Things.
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.
How we work
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.
We care: about our impact on the planet; about the people who make our products; and about those who enjoy our products.
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.
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.
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.
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.