Vendor Spotlight: The Do Book Company

Vendor Spotlight: The Do Book Company

The Do Book Company is an independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, London. Their books are written by speakers from the ‘Do Lectures’ whose ideas have inspired others to go and ‘Do’. The Do Book Company aims to recreate that same positive change in book form – whether that’s the mastery of a new skill or craft, a simple mind-shift, or a shot of inspiration to help you get started. Plus, 5% of the proceeds of each sale will go back into the ‘Do Lectures’ to help it achieve its aim of making positive change.

Each book is fairly short, about 100 pages, as it focuses on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory. Concise, practical guides that make it easier to ‘Do’ stuff. With a wide variety of topics and skills, there’s bound to be a book for you. The Do Book Company also has various filmed talks which can be found on their website here.

Get Ready For Earth Day!

Get Ready For Earth Day!

While President Trump continues to disparage climate change, scientists across the world have once again stressed that the hurricanes, droughts, floods and earthquakes that have struck since last summer are a sign that we need to stop talking about the threat of climate change – it’s already here.

Sustainability sits at the forefront of tackling climate change, and for many, it needs to be as much of a priority as profitability. The Big Issue Shop offers a huge range of products that put planet before profit and help you shop with a social echo. To celebrate World Earth Day on 22nd April we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a special Big Issue Shop Earth Day goodie bag, including a print of last year’s Earth Day Special cover featuring the clever cuttlefish, a choice of three #WEARABIGISSUE t-shirts printed on an organic cotton EarthPositive® T-shirt, manufactured solely on sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power and a jerry reusable water bottle – made from pure tritan with no Bpa, Lead or Phtahlates and the a removable box on the bottom of the bottle, perfect for storing your keys at the gym!

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the question below:
Which type of fish was splashed on the cover of last year’s Big Issue Earth Day Special?

If you want more information and know the answer click here to submit it!

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Run To The Big Issue Shop For Marathon Deals!

Marathon T-Shirt The Big Issue

Run To The Big Issue Shop For Marathon Deals!

Warm up for the London Marathon with custom kit that goes the extra mile.

Spring is here and that can mean only one thing – it’s marathon season. The London Marathon makes its annual return on April 22, hoping to break the world record for an annual single-day charity fundraising event for the twelfth straight year after raising £61.5 million in 2017. A total of 40,382 runners braved the historic course last year and whether you’re a 26.2 mile-veteran with a raft of anecdotes about taking on ‘the wall’ and winning, or you’re donning running shoes for the one and only time in your life in aid of a worthy cause, you need good quality equipment to get you over the line.

The Big Issue Shop will be with you every step of the way with the all-new Marathon Collection.

When you’re feeling good as you eat up the miles early on, and then when the aches and pains start to slow you down as you deliriously acknowledge the final mile marker with a grimace, our fashionable running-inspired gear will help.

If you’re tired of the dayglow neon polyester, put your best foot forward with any of the 100 per cent cotton t-shirts on offer, letting you stand out from the crowd as you sprint your way through the traffic. You can even add your own personal touch by adding your name to let the watching fans something to shout about out just as you start to flag in a last push for the finish.

And best of all, every purchase makes a difference, helping The Big Issue’s mission to eradicate poverty gather pace.

SHOP THE MARATHON COLLECTION

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Street Art: Tom Mccarthaigh

Tom The Prince

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Tom Mccarthaigh is a freelance illustrator who specialises in pencil and pen ink drawing. Mccarthaigh loves working with stories and tries to create a feeling of empathy with the characters he draws. This year one of his images was chosen for the hologram on the Bristol one pound notes. Mccarthaigh current aim is to work with authors and decorate their stories with illustrations.

“I would like to give my thanks to anyone interested in my artwork, your support is a great motivation for me. This image entitled ‘Prince’ (shown above) is based on a story a friend from Thailand told me. The story follows a prince who loses his birthright, becomes homeless and then has to go on a long journey through many hardships and challenges. I partly based the story of my long experiences in psychiatric care and dealing with trauma. I knew many people who were very damaged and unable; to me, they were lost Princes and Princes who had lost their lives. They had faded memories of the lives they used to lead and the people they used to be. To me, this was the most tragic part of living with the long-term effects of psychosis.”

Vendor Spotlight: Neema Crafts

Neema Crafts

Vendor Spotlight: Neema Crafts

Neema Crafts showcases the skills and talents of people with hearing impairments and physical disabilities in Tanzania. Through Neema, they craft items such as bags and cushions, providing dignity and hope for over 120 people who previously relied on street begging, or were hidden away at home. Through their work, they are steadily transforming negative cultural stereotypes surrounding people with disabilities.

Neema Crafts provide training for people with disabilities to become skilled artisans from carpenters, to tailors, ceramicists to paper-makers, great chefs, or entrepreneurs starting up their own enterprises. This not only has the effect of changing public attitudes, but also raises trainees’ self-esteem, and gives them access to a sustainable salary, thus raising their standard of living.

Neema Crafts

Workshops (which have included high-level local government officials, local policymakers and employers) have also helped change public opinion on disabilities, by seeing how capable people with disabilities are when given the chance.

Currently, Neema is working to build a rehabilitation centre that will include a medical practice, therapy rooms, offices and a ward where parents and their children can stay overnight. This will support those with disabilities that require frequent hospital trips but rarely have money to spend on regular transport.

Neema Crafts

Street Art: David Martin

David Martin

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

David Martin is a Big Issue vendor whose pitch is at Hammersmith in London. His love of Henri Matisse inspired him to try his hand at producing his own artworks, comprising abstract designs made from coloured card. “One of my customers took me to see Matisse paintings at the Tate Modern because he thought they were similar,” he says. “I was blown away.”

David Martin

Vendor Spotlight: Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate

Vendor Spotlight: Divine Chocolate

Founded in 1998, Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is owned by cocoa farmers. Each bar is made using ‘pa pa paa’ cocoa from Ghana – pa pa paa meaning the best of the best in the local Twi language, where it is grown with pride by Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of 85,000 smallholder farmers who own 44% of the Divine company.

Today Kuapa Kokoo proudly produces up to 5% of Ghana’s cocoa – that can be up to 640,000 sacks of cocoa a year!

Divine Chocolate

Most of the Fairtrade premium made has been re-invested in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living. Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change. So not only are profits going towards a sustainable wage for farmers but also a re-investment in creating sustainable communities.

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Vendor Spotlight: Quazi Design

Quazi Design Studio

Vendor Spotlight: Quazi Design

Starting with the concept of a rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card and believing in the potential to have a positive impact, Quazi Design now creates sustainable change and social impact by transforming waste magazines into original accessories. Based in Swaziland, all products are handmade by local women, empowering them through skill sharing and a living wage.

Quazi Design

The workshop is situated in Sidwashini, in the industrial area of Mbabane and the capital city of Swaziland. Previously unemployed, most of the artisans had on average seven dependents each, now they are employed full time with permanent contracts, giving them a new sense of job security.

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World Water Day

Give Me Tap

Happy World Water Day!

World Water Day is an annual day on 22 March to highlight the importance of freshwater and used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. There are many initiatives and events that surround these goals and these include international water aid for developing countries and reducing the use of plastic.

Water Technology Credit: WorldWaterDay.org

Here at The Big Issue Shop we are proud to stock Jerry, Give Me Tap and Sip ‘O’ Snack. Plastic waste is a major issue facing the enviroment. Only 20% of plastic bottles get recycled and over 50 billion plastic bottles go to waste every year. Yet, Britain has some of the cleanest water in the world. All these social enterprises aim to lessen the impact of plastic by creating stylish re-usable bottles.

Jerry care about decreasing plastic bottle pollution, getting clean water to everyone and furthermore, keeping you in good health. A million single use plastic water bottles are bought around the world every minute and Jerry believes we need to change this environmental crisis together. All profits from the sale of Jerry’s beautiful reusable water bottles go to making clean water projects in India and Tanzania.

GiveMeTap provides 5 years worth of drinking water for someone in Africa. How this is works is that for every bottle sold, GiveMeTap donates directly to their NGO partners in Africa to install pumps in rural communities. So far GiveMeTap has raised £114k to fund water pumps with an estimated 23,363 people with clean water for life!

Sip ‘O’ Snack is a bottle with a distinctive screw-off snack container. Each purchase from their innovative range results in a donation to Young Enterprise which provides millions of young people around the UK with opportunities, platforms and skills.

Take a look at worldwaterday.org for more information.

Jerry Bottle

Vendor Spotlight: Jollie’s Socks

Jollies Socks

Vendor Spotlight: Jollie’s Socks

Founder, Ed, started Jollie’s after becoming increasingly uneasy about walking past people sleeping rough and not knowing what to do. After volunteering at a local Shelter and chatting to some of the visitors, Ed saw a need he could meet. Socks!

Fresh socks might not seem like a life-changer but for those walking the streets day and night foot hygiene is essential. Unlike other items of clothing, socks are rarely donated to homeless shelters and fly out the minute they’re given.

Jollies Sock

Local Shelters responded immediately to the idea of receiving boxes of good quality socks and so Ed started designing and came up with a socially focused brand that gives away sustainable sock donations off each pair of Jollie’s sold. So when a pair is brought, another one goes to a local shelter.

Jollie’s socks work with a variety of shelters across the UK, including London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds.

Jollies Socks