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!
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.
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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.
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.
Happy International Women’s Day!
With International Women’s Day being celebrated today and Mother’s Day coming Sunday, this week really is for the women. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. We’re celebrating and empowering this change by promoting a range of products which are made by and support inspirational women across the globe.
These include promoting financial independence and job flexibility such as Quazi jewellery and Pebble Toys. This allows a lot of women to support dependants and form a community, whilst also learning and sharing skills. Others, like Taylor + Rani and Damsel & Daughter, focus on providing education and feminine hygiene supplies to disadvantaged women.
We also have a range of street art by women who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. These include Tangerine, Rene Robbins and Robyn Forman. To see more of these products which support women, please take as look at our dedicated collection:
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.
Stephen Mundy served two years of a four-year prison sentence at HMP Lewes, Sussex. “While I was in prison I was given the choice of working in the workshop, or going to education,” he says, “I chose education. I was very mental ill, and practicing art was a real benefit to my mental health.” He describes this painting as “a bit of fun on a haulage pallet, part of my college end of year project. It is quite a simple painting, full of colour, energy and hope.”
TreatYour Mother – Shop Our Mother’s Day Collection
Treat your mother or guardian to lovely treat whilst supporting a variety of causes! A small gift can go a long way withThe Big issue Shop, for example luxury soaps from ARTHOUSE Meath. These soaps include intricate artwork which showcase the skills and talents of people living with a variety learning and physical difficulties. They aim to produce beautiful products in a safe and supportive working environment.
Or make your Mum a fine brew with this triple gift set pack of The London Tea Company’s finest blends: Earl Grey, Sencha Green Tea, Peach & Rhubarb. London Tea Company is a part of Cafédirect, who invest up to 50% of its profits into the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation, a UK charity that is run by farmers, for farmers, taking leadership and developing innovative solutions to the challenges they face.
These are just a few great examples available in store now, we also have range of handmade jewellery and textiles. So to see the full range, shop our handy Mother’s Day collection:
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Share The Love With This Valentine’s Collection
This Valentine’s Day, give the special one in your life a unique gift, whilst giving a little love back to a variety of causes. Plus, with our dedicated Valentine’s Day collection we’ve made it even easier to find the perfect gift!
For the girlfriend, wife or fiancée in your life who is style savvy and socially conscious, look no further than weareone:collective’s beautiful Drop Earrings Not Bombs. Each pair of these handmade DROP earrings is a unique display of creativity and design, with a story told through the eyes of a person who has been through more than anyone in life should experience. The Drop Earrings Not Bombs project creates a space for colour therapy, community building and artistic expression.
For the perfect wallet for your husband, fiancée or boyfriend, look no further than this stylish bi-fold wallet. It is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and is lined with reclaimed military grade parachute silk. Elvis & Kresse was established in 2005 to save London’s decommissioned firehose that were going to landfill. Their highly skilled craftspeople make beautifully designed bags and homeware with 50% of profits from the fire hose range go to The Fire Fighters Charity.
For those just wanting to spread the love Hopeful Traders have it covered with their ‘Love Has No Borders’ card. This Valentine’s Day, Hopeful Traders is encouraging people to take a broader approach to love. To spread this message they have designed the card to raise money for Refugee-Action, a charity that helps refugees settle into safe, happy and stable lives in the UK.
The Big Issue Shop Winter Sale is On!
The Winter Sale is now on at The Big Issue Shop! There is up to 30% off some of our most popular social brands. So, stock up on a warm scarf, grab yourself a bargain and for all those super organised – start buying for this year’s Christmas…
There are lots to choose from including beautiful soaps and toiletries from The Soap Co, an eclectic range of Street Art and unique, jewellery pieces from Quazi, and Studio 306. All products come from social enterprises that help and support a variety of causes from around the world. From funding access to clean water, to employment for those struck with poverty, you can be sure your money goes further with The Big Issue Shop.
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Just To Say A Big Thanks!
With the year coming to a close and a new one coming just around the corner, The Big Issue Shop would just like to thank you all for supporting the cause! Together, we have supported a variety of social enterprises and initiatives that have positively affected people from around the world, whilst also spreading awareness of homelessness within the UK.
It’s been a whole year since The Big Issue Shop has opened and twenty-five more since The Big Issue Magazine started. Since then we’ve helped support thousands of people out of homelessness and continue to believe in giving a hand up and not a handout.
So to celebrate, here are some our favourite highlights of the year which include our Call For Change Campaign, featuring a discussion with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Another highlight is Peter Capaldi proudly showing off his Tucker Vs Partridge magazine. We hope next year will be brighter, bigger and better, with the goal of eradicating poverty still firmly in our sights.
Be A Social Santa!
The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and what better way to make your money stretch further than to get a gift that also supports a great cause in the UK and beyond? To make it even easier, we’ve got ‘Gifts for Him‘, ‘Gifts for Her‘ and ‘Gifts for Kids‘ collections so you can get everybody covered.
We’ve also got limited edition wrapping paper which were designed by various top artists including Ben Eine and Sarah Pope. Other designs include ones by Street Artists Rene Robbins, John Sheehy, and even our own founder, John Bird!
If that’s not enough we’ve also got a collection of exclusive festive cards, featuring six of our best Christmas Big Issue magazine covers. These also include some very special covers designed by winners of our Kids Christmas Competition.
All profits go to help people living on the margins a hand up. So be a Social Santa this Christmas and get a gift that keeps on giving!
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