WAWWA clothing puts people and planet before profit

WAWWA clothing

The cool sustainable fashion brand are now available in The Big Issue Shop

An estimated £140 million-worth of clothing goes into landfill each year – with the annual carbon emissions used up to make a household’s newly purchased clothing equating to driving a modern car for 6,000 miles.

And with the public shift from fast fashion there’s a hunger for style that is sustainably sourced – forget rugs made from rags and jumpers that look like they’d scratch you to pieces – WAWWA is here to make your eco-conscious clothing stylish and cool, but it doesn’t end there.

The small team behind WAWWA is trying hard to make as high a quality product as possible, with as small an impact on the planet as possible, but in doing so, they try to have as big a positive impact on its inhabitants as possible.

The clothing firm uses sustainable manufacturing techniques and pays a fair wage for an end product that’s longer lasting and minimises its impact on the world. To top it off, their 1+1 collection donates an item to someone less fortunate for each item bought.

WAWWA Tshirt

For every heavyweight organic cotton tee purchased, another is donated to someone experiencing homelessness. Each tee is created in a factory using renewable energy, by workers earning a fair wage – they’re even PETA approved and rack up a 91 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint than your standard tee.
WAWWA socks

And with socks one of the most requested items at homeless shelters, they’ve recently introduced their own WAWWA sports socks. Stress tested and comfort tested – the socks are produced in a small batch right here in the UK to help reduce their carbon footprint.

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Don’t panic! Shop last minute Christmas gifts at The Big Issue Shop

Christmas Gifts From The Big Issue Shop

Last minute shoppers rejoice! We’ve pulled together some of our favourite products from The Big Issue Shop to help you find that perfect pressie.

So you’ve left it pretty late to start your Christmas shopping huh? Don’t worry we’re not judging you. We’re here to help.

The Big Issue Shop brings together wonderful makers across the country whose products put people and planet first, boasting an effect that ripples across the world. It’s what we at The Big Issue Shop like to call a social echo – for every purchase made, a disadvantaged person benefits somewhere across the world.

We’ve picked just some of our makers here, but there are hundreds more gift ideas throughout The Big Issue Shop!

For the homebody

Based in Haringey, North London, Studio 306 collective is a creative project set up to aid recovery from mental health issues.

The studio empowers disadvantaged local individuals by offering a creative space to rediscover forgotten skills, develop new ones and boost their confidence within a working environment. Working across four disciplines; ceramics, jewellery, sewing craft and screen printed products, all profits from sales are reinvested in the collective.

Christmas Gift Mug

The Studio 306 ‘Fragile’ mug is perfect for when only a brew will do! Grab one for that frazzled friend who needs a cuppa to get them through.

For the eco-friendly friend

Make 2019 the year that there’s no excuse for single use! You’ve probably ditched your single-use plastic water bottle by now, you’re saying a big fat no to the straw (unless you need one, of course!), now it’s time to find an alternative vessel for that morning coffee.

2017 marked 30 years of the single-use “paper” cup, but with an estimated two trillion of them ending up in landfills, Ecoffee is here to get you on track.

Christmas Gift Ecoffee cup

Weighing in at just 135 grams, the Ecoffee cup is light, sturdy and best of all, biodegradable when you’re finished with it. Opt for a funky chevron print or a more contemporary take on a William Morris classic for true style points.

For the arty one

Our limited edition artist designed wrapping paper made it back to The Big Issue Shop for another year. Make the gifts for your arty friend extra special by wrapping it up in our paper. Or better still, grab one of our signed limited edition pieces for on their wall.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Paper

Back for a third year, the unique collection was designed in collaboration with our friends at the Jealous Gallery and Art Republic by renowned artists Pure Evil, Ben Eine, David Shrigley and Nick White.

Each signed piece is limited to just 250 copies, with profits helping us continue to give people on the margins a hand up.

For the jetsetter

Established in 2005 to save London’s decommissioned fire-hose, hoses that had become too damaged to repair and were going to landfill, Elvis & Kresse’s highly skilled craftspeople make beautifully designed bags and homeware from the reclaimed material. 50% of profits from the fire hose range go to The Fire Fighters Charity

Christmas Gift Bag

This weekend bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and the lining is made from old auction banners that once advertised products for upcoming sales events. Previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK, the hard-wearing hose is perfectly suited for your travels.

For the little ones

And don’t forget the littles ones in your life. Their stockings might be little but they still need filled! Bright, fun and unique, Mini Stitches is the little brand having a big impact. Designed and made by East London charity, Stitches in Time, the collection are made entirely by marginalised women, giving them an opportunity to learn how to sew, receive support and make friends.

Christmas Gift Childrenswear

The unisex SPLODGE print sweatshirt is made of organic cotton and is perfect for keeping kids cosy while still looking cool.

For the fussy friend

If you’re still stuck for a gift, why not opt for the gift of choice AND a social echo! Every single brand in The Big Issue Shop puts people and planet first, with a Big Issue Shop gift card, your lucky recipient will get to choose a gift of their own, all knowing that somewhere across the world someone is benefitting from that purchase.

Shop the full Big Issue Shop Christmas collection here

Give the gift that gives back this Christmas with The Big Issue Shop

Christmas Gifts For Her

Shopping for Christmas gifts for the women in your life can fall into a bit of a routine. Perfume, beauty gift set, gym gear, jewellery… not that those aren’t often great, thoughtful and welcome gifts, but this year why not be a little more savvy and social with your spending?

The Big Issue Shop Christmas collection of gifts for her brings together wonderful makers across the country whose products put people and planet first, boasting an effect that ripples across the world. It’s what we at The Big Issue Shop like to call a social echo – for every purchase made, a disadvantaged person benefits somewhere across the world.

This collection brings together some of our top festive picks but don’t stop here! There are hundreds more incredible gift ideas throughout The Big Issue Shop.

Just Trade

Just Trade creates gorgeous jewellery using a combination of traditional craft skills and expert knowledge of contemporary jewellery and accessories. Everything is handmade using locally-sourced materials where possible by eight groups of artisans based in Peru, Ecuador, India and Vietnam who all receive training opportunities and a fair living wage for their work.

Christmas Gifts For Her

This ‘Naty’ pendant is handmade by Patty, Naty, Lizet, Diana and Lucie from the Hope Jewellery fair trade project in Lima, Peru. The brass elements are hand cut, textured and finished using traditional techniques. Working with Just Trade allows these makers to educate their children and secure a better future for their families.

ARTHOUSE Unlimited

ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. Working alongside instructors they create artworks which are developed into designer products.

Christmas Gifts For Her Reef Diffuser

This Reed Diffuser had been made for ARTHOUSE Unlimited using natural, vegan and paraben-free ingredients. It’s presented in a stunning abstract box and ornate aquatic glass design boasting an uplifting black pomegranate infusion, inspired by the invigoration of the ocean.

House of Gharats

House Of Gharats brings together style, substance and sustainability to empower women and girls and help break the cycle of poverty through stylish scarves.

Christmas Gifts For Her Scarf

Designed in London and crafted in Italy from the finest silk twill, 21 per cent of the profits from each scarf purchased go to Food for Life Vrindavan, a programme that educates and empowers girls and women to create a sustainable future, free from poverty.

Give Hope

For 27 years The Big Issue has been giving people a hand-up by providing a magazine for anyone experiencing homelessness, living on the margins or in poverty to sell.

ALL of our vendors buy their copies of the magazine from us for £1.25 and sell them for £2.50, making them micro-entrepreneurs and meaning every transaction and sale that Big Issue vendors make is an important step in helping them regain confidence, build their skills in sales and build towards getting their life back on track.

Last year, we launched a new drive called Exit from the Streets – a campaign that aims to give meaningful employment to our vendors, on top of selling the magazine.

It was kick started with vendors in The Big Issue Cymru’s Cardiff office employed to fulfil the despatch of our subscription sales of the magazine each week – which means that every time someone receives a subscription copy of the magazine, they also get a personalised message from the vendor who packaged it and posted it to them

Christmas Gifts For Her TShirt

£10 from every sale from our Give Hope collection goes towards the Exit from the Streets campaign to help our vendors move on and explore new opportunities utilising the skills they’ve gained from selling the magazine.

There’s plenty more wonders to be found in our Gifts for Her collection in The Big Issue Shop – stocked full of unusual gifts, and even some of the usual suspects, but all packed with a social echo.

Shop Christmas gifts for her at The Big Issue Shop and give the gift of a social echo this year

Get your hands on tricky gifts for him with our Big Issue Shop collection

Christmas Gifts For Him

Whether it’s your dad, your father-in-law, your partner or just a friend, the men of the world are the most notoriously tricky group to buy a Christmas gift for. If another festive tie and giant Toblerone aren’t gonna cut it this year, don’t fret, we’ve got you the covered with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts for him that put people and planet first.

Our collection is packed with pressies sure to bring delight on Christmas morning, and each gift you buy has a ‘social echo’ – meaning each purchase helps someone disadvantaged across the world, or right here at home.

TEES

If you’re brave enough to opt for clothing, pick up a 100% organic cotton tee from WAWWA. PETA vegan approved and with a 91% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard t-shirt, this heavyweight t-shirt is perfect for the stylish and eco-conscious man.

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WAWWA aim to make as high quality a product as possible, with as little impact on the planet as possible, and as big an impact on the planet’s inhabitants as possible. This tee makes up part of their 1+1 collection, meaning for every one bought, another is donated to someone less fortunate, with the latest collection making its way to homeless shelters and hostels.

TRAINERS

Po-Zu vegan sneakers are ideal for the sneakerhead in your life, and even more so for the Star Wars fans.

These high-top lace up sneakers are emblazoned with the subtle yet striking Corellian Bloodstripe, synonymous with the legendary Han Solo.

Big Issue Shop Christmas Gifts For Him

Po-Zu shoes are made from natural and sustainable materials such as organic cotton, pinatex (leather made from pineapple leaf fibres), wool, cork and natural latex.

SOAPS

Swap your cut price aftershave gift-set for a build your own set from The Goodwash Company instead. The luxury lifestyle brand is on a mission to change the world one wash at a time. With ingredients sourced from the Welsh land and sea, and vegan society approved, each purchase helps support those in need, enabling people in their communities, and animals in their environment the chance to improve their lives.

Big Issue Shop Christmas Gifts For Him

Buy any two Goodwash Company products and a complimentary gift box is included too.  

SOCKS

If you’re still stuck for ideas, there’s much to be said for the oft-dismissed sock, its humble nature often the butt of many jokes. But we’re here to tell you the gift of socks is so much more than a cliché – especially when it comes to Jollie’s.

Christmas Socks Gifts For Him

For every pair of colourful and creative Jollie socks bought, a pair of hardy hiking socks are donated to a homeless charity in your local area.

Treat someone to a gift with a social echo this Christmas with The Big Issue Shop

Stuff your stockings with gifts under £20 in The Big Issue Shop

Stocking fillers under 20 in the big issue shop

It’s nearly December so we can officially talk about Christmas now, right? We’re here to take the stress out of filling those Christmas stockings with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts with a social echo – all for under £20.

Ditch the tacky aftershave gift sets loitering around shop checkouts trying to lure you in, shop with a social echo instead! For every product purchased from The Big Issue Shop, a person in need is helped here in the UK, or across the world.

This silver purse from Damsel & Daughter is the perfect pressie for the fashion conscious friend. Handmade in Hackney from vegan leather off cuts, proceeds go towards producing feminine care kits for disadvantaged women in Hackney, and distributed through local night shelters; The Manna Society and the Hackney Migrant Centre.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Purse

If you want to opt for the traditional Christmas socks, why not do it with a social echo? These speckled socks come from Jollie’s. The “more-than-profit” enterprise is passionate about creating fun ways to support local homeless projects, so for every pair of their bright and cosy combed cotton socks bought, a pair is donated to a homeless charity in your local area!

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Socks

Complete that festive party outfit with this stylish bow tie in the official ‘Homeless’ tartan, designed by tartan giants Slanj. Profits generated by the Homeless tartan go to helping local homelessness organisations in Scotland to provide support and raise awareness.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Bowtie

And let’s not forget the little ones too, while their stockings might be much smaller they still need filled and nothing says Christmas like dinosaurs! This wooden set includes a T-rex, a Diplodocus, a Stegosaurus, a Saichana, a Triceratops and a Parasaurolophus (all present for the birth of baby Jesus of course). Made from eco friendly wood, each piece is handcrafted in Sri Lanka and directly supports the Lanka Kade Education Foundation, which provides disadvantaged rural schools in the area with books and more to ensure that pupils are better equipped for learning.

Once the Christmas madness is over, you’ll likely want to sit down with a good cuppa. Whether it’s a secret present for yourself, or gifted to a loved one, this fine bone china mug is perfect for a good brew. This fabulous Dogs mug was designed by Margaret Mace. Margaret works alongside ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. Artists work alongside instructors to create artwork which is developed into designer products.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Mug

And of course, wrap it all up with our limited edition artist designed wrapping paper from our friends David Shrigley, Ben Eine, Pure Evil and Nick Smith.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Wrapping Paper

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Cyber Monday deals in The Big Issue Shop

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The busiest shopping weekend of the year is almost over! But the bargains aren’t over yet, with our Cyber Monday deals. As well as all the fantastic deals we’ve been offering this weekend, there’s a discount of up to 40% off books and magazines.

Cyber Monday Sale The Big Issue Shop

Missing that all important Street Cat Bob issue? We’ve got you covered! Or fancy reliving some of our finest moments, including comedy behemoth Armando Iannucci’s guest edit which saw Malcolm Tucker and Alan Partridge go head to head on Brexit? They’re all here.

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Complete your Bob collection with 40% off back issues this Cyber Monday

If you’re still in the bargain spirit grab up to 30% off clothing and accessories20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints and up to 50% off homeware and gifts on Sunday.

Shop the entire collection here

Up To Half Off homeware in The Big Issue Shop this Black Friday weekend

Black Friday 50 Off Sale

Black Friday weekend is nearly over! But there’s still time to get started on your Christmas shopping with prices slashed on homeware and gifts across The Big Issue Shop site including ARTHOUSE Meath,  a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities.

ARTHOUSE makers work alongside instructors to create stunning artworks which are developed into packaging for ethical, designer products like tea towels and tablecloths, soaps and candles. All of their profits are invested back into the collective to help them grow, with the aim to see ARTHOUSE Meath workshops appear all over the country.

Black Friday Home and Gift Sale

For the little ones in your life, colourful handmade toys, that not only look gorgeous (and are machine washable!) but create fairly paid and flexible jobs in rural Bangladesh, providing jobs for women that keeps them out of the sweatshops of Dhaka.

Black Friday Sale The Big Issue Shop

With an exclusive discount of up to 50% off across home and gift in The Big Issue Shop it’s easy to find the perfect Christmas gift with a social echo this Black Friday weekend.

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Grab 20% off street art at The Big Issue Shop this Black Friday weekend

Black Friday up to 20 off

The busiest shopping weekend of the year has arrived in all its excess, Black Friday! But we’re asking why not support causes right here in the UK and around the world with your hard earned cash instead of opting for a sub-par supermarket 40” telly.

Today is your chance to brighten up the long winter days and spruce up your walls with up to 20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints.

Each week in The Big Issue our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression and now you can pick up prints of your own. This ‘Three for the Price of One’ print from Michael Crosswaite is sure to put a smile on your face.

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After years spent travelling and squatting, Michael ended up homeless in London with a drug habit. “I got into a hostel and eventually got myself clean,” he says. “Now I’ve got a Peabody Flat and things are cool. With my painting my thing is humour. The more ridiculous the better. I loved Monty Python and the whole silliness thing. I think the world is a very silly place and hopefully this comes though in my pictures”

And if that wasn’t enough, you can splash your walls with prints of your favourite Big Issue covers, including graphic designer Butcher Billy’s iconic Tucker VS Partridge cover, designed exclusively for comedy behemoth Armando Iannucci’s Big Issue guest edit in which two great British treasures, Alan Partridge and Malcolm Tucker square off a glorious Brexit debate.

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Buy Social this Black Friday up to 30% off clothing in The Big Issue Shop

Black Friday Sale up to 30 off

The busiest shopping weekend of the year has arrived in all its excess! But we’re asking why not support causes right here in the UK and around the world with your hard earned cash instead of opting for a sub-par supermarket 40” telly. Take a discount of 30% off clothing across The Big Issue Shop instead!

Be stylish, safe and seen with 15% off GLOW accessories. Each piece is packed with warm and protection, featuring light-reflective fibreglass fused with the fibres of the yarn.

Don’t worry, you can’t feel it, but you will see it when it catches the light. GLOW is the brainchild of London fashion designer and stylist Comet Chukura. Each designed is hand crocheted by disadvantaged women in London, enabling them to grow their skills and earn an income as part of a wider community. You’re spoiled for choice with money off across their entire collection, hats and snoods included!

If that wasn’t enough to help you stand out from the crowd, a gorgeous silk scarf from House of Gharats will certainly help. The design house bring together style, substance and sustainability to empower women and girls to break out of the poverty cycle. Each piece, available in either pocket square or scarf size is made from the finest Italian silk twill brings together timeless design with modern style to create these sleek designs. There’s a special Black Friday discount of up to 15% off across the collection.

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House of Gharats bring together style, substance and sustainability to empower women to break out of poverty. Take 10% off across the range this Black Friday

We promised you clothes, we’ve got clothes! Hopeful Traders collaborate with individuals who been affected by homelessness or mental illness to design clothing, with both the artists and a cause of their choice receiving profits from each piece sold. Feel hopeful in their own brand t-shirts or cosy up with an organic cotton sweatshirt designed by one of their artists.

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Artist David Tovey tried to take his own life in October 2013. Cancer, HIV, cardiac arrests and a stroke were just some of the extreme difficulties he had faced. In the years since, David has found his own home, his health has improved and his artistic talents and charity work have attracted the attention and admiration of the London community.

Let your tee do the talking with our very own #WearABigIssue collection with a discount of 30% off across the range. Grab the Pale Blue Dot design from Angry Dan in either roll or plain sleeves or Fight Like A Girl in one of our slogan hoodies. Every purchase of Big Issue products help us continue our mission to give a hand up, not a hand out to those living on the margins. There has never been a more stylish way to wear your heart on your tee!

Shop 30% off clothes and accessories at The Big Issue Shop

Be a Social Shopper this Black Friday weekend with The Big Issue Shop

The busiest shopping weekend of the year is almost upon us, in all its discount excess – Black Friday!

The bargain bonanza is back for another year, with retailers across the country slashing their prices to lure customers into splurging.

But this year, instead of queuing all evening for a big purchase you don’t even really want, why not spend your cash a little savvier and shop with a social echo thanks to The Big Issue Shop’s Black Friday discounts.

We’ll be cutting prices across the shop all weekend, from Black Friday right through to Cyber Monday, to help you use your spending power for good this weekend and support causes right here in the UK and across the globe.

Kicking it all off on Friday, 23 November, there a discount of up to 30% off clothing and accessories including best sellers, Big Issue classics and even some of our latest shop suppliers.

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Saturday is your chance to brighten up the long winter days and spruce up your walls with a discount of to 20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints. Each week in The Big Issue our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression and now you can pick up prints of your own.

Get started on your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your couch with a special Black Friday discount of up to 50% off homeware and gifts on Sunday. With money off everything from toys to candles, soaps and mugs there’s bound to be something for that special someone, plus your auntie, plus your granny, plus your mum, plus your colleagues… you get the picture, right?

Cyber Monday is your chance to relax after a hard weekend of shopping with our final discount of up to 40% off magazines and books, so stock up on your back issues and fill any gaps in your collection.

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Stay tuned for more details on all our Black Friday weekend deals in The Big Issue Shop!

Head here for a sneak peek at our upcoming Big Issue Shop bargains