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Socially Savvy Christmas: 10 social enterprises to panic buy from this week!

It’s almost Christmas time! After such a looong, confusing and difficult year, we at Ripple hope that you can end 2020 relaxed and surrounded by loved ones. 

ANNND if you're anything like us, the gift purchasing for the ones you want to sprinkle a lil' love on mayyyy have been left a tad late....or perhaps you just wanna #treatyoself (go ahead, you deserve it!)

That's why we've compiled you a list that is perfect for both panic buying, and doubling your impact by supporting some amazing social enterprises. 

Enjoy!

1. Mettle (@mettle_org)

Mettle Women Inc (Mettle) sell gift boxes that employ, train, and empower survivors of domestic & family violence. This social enterprise makes specific considerations for women with disabilities, indigenous women, older women, teenagers, women from CALD backgrounds, women from the LBTQI+ community, and women with children.

They deliver locally sourced, organic, vegan-friendly products Australia-wide in sustainable packaging – all of which work to provide financial security to women in need. No need to go any further!

 
 
 
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2. Zero Co (@zeroco.com.au)

This is a new Aussie startup we are super pumped about - Zero Co deliver incredible personal-care and home-cleaning products* direct to your door- just like the milkman (even though we are too young to remember that this happened- sometimes fake nostalgia is nice too).

…so fill the milkman void! Your initial order will include a set of empty dispensers made from ocean waste plastic, a set of refill pouches made from recycled plastic and a reply-paid postage satchel. Once the recipient has filled the dispensers, the refill pouches are sent back (for free) to Zero Co to refill and then returned to you!

*Steph from the Ripple team declares that the Zero Co laundry liquid scent is so good it will make you forget that 2020 existed.

 
 
 
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3. Karst (@karst.stonepaper)

Karst is committed to creating amazing stationery without contributing to deforestation and unsustainable environmental practices. They have shown that it’s possible to make paper without waste, chlorine, acid, water… and even trees!

Their notepads are made from 100% sustainably recycled stone (calcium carbonate from construction waste), are waterproof and each purchase is carbon neutral.

 
 
 
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4. The Good Beer Co (@goodbeerau)

Know a beer lover? Or a pun lover? We’ve got the perfect gift! The Good Beer Co. is a social enterprise where at least 10% from every beer sold goes to charity partners. Whether you gift the Great Barrier Beer, which donates its profits to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, or Pale Tail, which supports RSPCA Queensland – satisfy their tastebuds and their thirst for social justice and shop their range here:

 
 
 
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5. HoMie (@homie.com.au)

Looking for a new jacket, t-shirt or even… a facemask? (thx 2020) HoMie uses 100% of their profits to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship. Buy some clothing or a few of their Christmas raffle tickets and equip their community of young people with the skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future

 
 
 
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6. TradeMutt (@trademutt)

Gifting a tradie? Gifting a swimmer? Want to gift clothing with a bit of character?

TradeMutt began as an idea to inspire conversations around mental health in Australia’s blue-collar community by encouraging the wearing of colourful patterned shirts. Each shirt is eye-catching and bright, with text that reads ‘this shirt is a conversation starter’ on the back.

Today, TradeMutt produces patterned swimmers, collared shirts, shorts and accessories – purchases of which fund their support service that provides access to free mental health professionals over the phone. Additionally, all products are produced in conjunction with other social enterprises - She Rescue Sewing Centre, Work Restart and Sendable.

 
 
 
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7. Magpie Goose (@magpiegoose.nt)

Magpie Goose is a platform that fosters the celebration of First Nations culture, people and stories through the medium of fashion. Each unique clothing collection showcases the copyrighted work of Aboriginal artists and is ethically manufactured in Sydney. On top of their amazing support of Indigenous Australians, Magpie Goose is committed to zero waste - using biodegradable materials and avoiding plastic packaging.

 
 
 
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8. The Very Good Bra (@theverygoodbra)

Going for the classic gift of undergarments this Christmas?

Look no further than ‘The Very Good Bra’! From their bras to their loungewear, every product is completely compostable and biodegradable - the world’s first zero post-consumer waste bra! Additionally, they’re super comfortable and come in 27 sizes.

 
 
 
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9. Fruit2Work (@fruit2work)

Looking for a healthy gift option? Or want to make Christmas food shopping a little easier? Fruit2Work allows you to order a great box of fresh, seasonal fruit or a mixed box of fruit & vegetables delivered right to your doorstep. Fruit2Work is a certified Not for Profit social enterprise which works to employ and support people impacted by the justice system, removing stigma and disrupting bias.​

 
 
 
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10. Do Good Books (@dogoodbooks)

Inspire the next generation of changemakers by gifting the little ones you know (or their otherwise stressed-out parents) a box of books with a difference. Alternatively- get it for yourself and read the books you wish you had when you were a kid!

Each title focuses on empowering and inspiring youth- and supports education and health project partners in the Asia-Pacific.

 
 
 
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...now go forth and gift!