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With the long summer holidays now drawing to a close all over the UK,
parents have been heading to the shops to kit out their kids to go back
With everything from bags and books to shirts and skirts needed to keep up in the playground, The Big Issue Shop
is packed with products that help to make learning easy. And it’s not
simply items for kids to stuff in their schoolbags take to class here in
Britain: the social echo of many of our products at The Big Issue Shop
has the added bonus of giving a little back to ensure that children
around the globe can enjoy some ‘education, education, education’ in
more deprived areas of the world.
The importance of education is very much the lesson that Elephant Branded are hoping to teach the world, with their vintage-looking school bags and kit.
For every one of the ethically made bags or products that the company
sell, a child in Cambodia receives a school bag or kit made out of
locally sourced, recycled materials as part of the bargain.
James Munro Boon, Elephant Branded founder, said: “Education is not
just about donating school books, it is also about giving local ladies
the skills to start their own businesses and the opportunity to get
themselves out of poverty.
“By supporting local ladies through the making of each bag and their
children by providing school equipment, we hope to break the cycle and
provide real long-term change for each family.”
Buy Rice Back could
teach anyone a thing or two about how to take a product that has
outlived its usefulness and upcycle it into a stylish must-have
They take used rice sacks from southern India and produce beautiful
tote bags and accessories – ensuring workers are paid a fair wage in the
process while old rice sacks are saved from landfill.
And the best bit? All the profits go to sister charity, My Name is
Kumar, to help educate children to break the poverty cycle and help them
realise a life beyond begging.
aims to live up to its name by shaking up homeware with their exciting
range. The firm’s bright and vibrant cushions and other products are
made by adults referred through mental health services in a bid to
challenging the culture of low expectation.
Lanka Kade make education fun with their intricate wooden toys and
gifts for children. Their range is exclusively designed in the UK and
handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka who work in coherence with
the 10 principles of Fair Trade.
And while ties may often be seen tied around heads or lamp posts at the end of term, that’s not what you’d want to do with Reddendi’s
beautiful, luxury neckties. Not for schoolwear, the profits from each
Reddendi tie sold helps to ensure that underprivileged children in
Africa, India, Peru or Syria get the same opportunity to attend school
for a full year.
Reddendi revolves around giving back to education
And, as Reddendi managing director Stefan Humphries explains, the
company’s ties with education are fundamental to the core of everything
He says: “The Reddendi brand revolves around giving back to education. Reddendi is actually from the Latin to give back.
“For us, the one real way to drive sustainable change is through
education. It provides underprivileged children with the tools to escape
the desperate situation that they were born into.”
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