We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

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We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

We’re excited to show you our new look here at the Big Issue Shop! We’ve got lots of new things to check out, including a new layout throughout our store. We also have revamped vendor pages – so you can find out more about your favourite social enterprises and who you’re supporting. 

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There’s also updated product pages which better state the social echo! All our products support a variety of causes and people. So, take a look and make your money go further with the Big Issue Shop: 

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Street Art: Anthony Pye

Anthony Pye

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.

Antony Pye suffers from psychosis and was homeless for a long period of time after being kicked out of his parents’ house. After staying in different places including a tent, a boat and a garden shed, he now finally has a flat of his own. “I do not want anybody experiencing what I had to,” he says, “I want to help those who are in need by the distribution of survival goods starting off with survival blankets with art on them.”

Vendor Spotlight: Impossible

Impossible Photo Credit: Peppermint Magazine

Vendor Spotlight: Impossible

Impossible creates products with a transparent supply chain and great design. They aim to give consumers more choice by knowing where the products come from and who they are made by. Every Impossible product has great people and a great story behind it.

One of these products is the Josiah ceramic speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is made from Cornish clay in Stoke-on-Trent and hand finished in London. This speaker is chargeable and portable so perfect for summer evenings out in the garden or long baths in the winter. Josiah is compatible with any smartphone that is Bluetooth enabled and has no buttons as it features a unique touch interface.

This product is presented in recycled and recyclable materials and is available here.

Speaker

Speaker

 

Vendor Spotlight: The Social Mercenary

The Social Mercenary

Vendor Spotlight: The Social Mercenary

Founded by Jack Fellows, The Social Mercenary is dedicated to bringing a distinctly West African flavour to modern street apparel. They take an ethical approach to textile manufacturing and have teamed up with social enterprises in Ghana to create a unique range of clothing, bags and accessories. All of their products are manufactured using local fabrics and our business supports local communities to create an incredible set of unique on-trend products.

It all started in Hong Kong when Jack, working in a job he didn’t enjoy living in a room effectively the size of a coffin he began to think of those precious times back in Ghana and back to those beautiful fabrics that so inspired him and, the amount of attention and praise he got for his new, quirky backpack.

It took time but day after day Jack shared this message with others and at one particular fair, was dragging people in through the door in order to tell people about his mission. “On the days that I didn’t have meetings I took a suitcase full of bags and flyers down to the local universities and just set up and told my story to EVERY single person that walked past”. After time Jack began to sell more and more bags and was even picked up by news journalist Alessandro Meccheri that studied at Hong Kong University.

Jack then managed to make enough money to go back to Ghana, where he met Ethical Apparel Africa. He found with the first set of backpacks that they were all so different and that quality wasn’t consistent throughout. After several meetings with EAA they have redesigned the backpacks for superior quality.

Street Art: Mary Vallely

Mary Vallely

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.

Mary Vallely studied art and design for five years in college and has been working as an artist in London for 10 years, selling and exhibiting work through Café Art and Crisis. She has a history of homelessness and uses day Centre’s to access art materials. “Art helps with my depression,” says Mary. “I love using colour, it helps my mood. The sadder I am the more colour comes out, the pain becomes beautiful. I love to experiment and my art is always changing and evolving.”

Mary Vallely

Street Art: Stavros Enilaou

Street Art Print

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.

Stavros Enilaoui is a Greek national originally from North Africa who came to the UK five years ago. He was reintroduced to painting – something he had enjoyed as a youth – via the 240 Project, a West London arts and health activity centre for people affected by homelessness, vulnerability and exclusion, whom he approached for support while rough sleeping on Ladbroke Grove. Painting for Stavros is a joyous thing that comes from a happy place.

Vendor Spotlight: GLOW

GLOW

Vendor Spotlight: GLOW

Founded by Comet Chukura, who graduated from The London College of Fashion, GLOW enables you to stand with those who are vulnerable, as you stand out at night. Each piece is individually handmade by disadvantaged women, providing them with an opportunity to gain work skills, a supplementary income and be part of a greater community. GLOW aims to empower their makers, paying them a fair wage, utilising their established skill set and enabling them to believe and realise their value.

Glow Agape White Hat

The light reflective accessories range are expertly crocheted using a cutting-edge wool blend that has a 15% glass fibre component woven into it which is light reflective. Meaning in the daytime, the pieces look trendy whilst at night, the glass fibre elements reflect light: car light, road lights etc and come to life, illuminating the wearer as light bounces off of it. The delicate knit texture makes it soft to the skin and luxurious to wear making it a unique gift that looks good and feels good.

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!

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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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