#WearABigIssue Limited Edition Pure Evil T-Shirts
Blending street art and social change, the #WeAreABigIssue and Pure Evil collaboration is limited edition and consists of two specially-designed t-shirts. Available in white or grey with yellow and white or grey with purple, Pure Evil – real name Charles Uzzell Edwards – donated his time and creativity to help create the latest in ultra-ethical fashion.
Edwards was born in Wales but his inspirations span the globe, having previously established himself in the Californian sun of San Francisco. Most familiar with urban art tools like spray paint, neon, steel, stencils and screen printing, Pure Evil settled in London where he set up a gallery – exhibiting the work of more than 60 artists so far.
The artist previously told The Telegraph: “If I’d really thought about how to run an art gallery, it would probably have put me off. If you go into it thinking, ‘Oh, I’m in this space, I’d better paint the walls and pay the electricity bill,’ then you’ve pretty much got a gallery going. You can worry about the logistics later on.”
The Big Issue’s own clothing brand has worked closely with EarthPositive®, a manufacturer whose t-shirts are produced using only sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power. Their mission is to promote awareness of and take action on climate change in what is one of the most environmentally damaging industries in the world. The artwork is printed on 100% organic, ethically traded cotton.
Launched in 1991, The Big Issue works to create the opportunity for homeless and disadvantaged people to earn an income through magazine street sales. In the 27 years since, more than 200 million copies have been sold by 100,000 people. The magazine is bought upfront by vendors for £1.25 each and sell them on for £2.50 – creating their own micro-enterprise.
Those who share Pure Evil’s ethos, “principles before profit”, can find limited edition collaboration online in The Big Issue Shop – guilt-free spending in the knowledge that proceeds will go to help marginalised people all over the country.
The Royal Wedding Collection
We are proud to present to you The Big Issue’s Royal Wedding Collection – guaranteed to be your Antiques Roadshow treasures of the future! This exclusive range of commemorative objects to treasure are all designed by contributors to our Street Art page and artists who have experienced homelessness. We have portraits by John Sheehy, Jo Adamson and Geraldine Crimms, whilst our stunning cover was created by David Tovey.
A unique way to celebrate – Big Issue style!
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.
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:
Check Out The New Shop
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.
SHOP THE MARATHON COLLECTION
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:
SHOP THE MOTHER’S DAY COLLECTION
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.