Written by Lauren Smith - 15th December 2021
Send A Christmas Gift That Makes A Difference
As the world slowly recovers from the Covid 19 pandemic, it’s becoming clear that the last 19 months has had a lasting effect on our lives. Not only have there been changes to our work and social lives but we’re seeing a huge shift in priorities and preferences when it comes to our shopping habits as well. More and more consumers are looking for honesty and trust with the brands that they purchase from, and this includes sustainability practices. With the climate crisis rarely being off the news, many of us are looking for ways to make a difference and one such way is where we choose to spend our money this festive season.
The impact of social enterprise
Social enterprises invest most or all of their profits into supporting social causes, tackling a wide range of issues from climate change to inequality, or helping fight food waste. By purchasing from these businesses, we can keep these organisations thriving which in turn has a positive effect on the causes they support.
Social enterprises operate in most industries, providing valuable training and employment opportunities for those furthest from the job market. However, awareness of them can sometimes be the biggest challenge.
Did you know? In the UK alone around 100,000 Social Enterprises are operating in all industries, employing nearly 2 million people and contributing £60 billion to the economy each year.
Unique Christmas gifts you won’t find anywhere else
Part of our mission here at Social Stories Club is to introduce as many people as possible to the world of social enterprise and the fantastic work that they can do for our communities and environment. We envision a world where you can make a positive impact with every single purchase you make, but by shopping with social enterprises we can make a difference right now.
There are thousands of businesses out there offering ethical alternatives to everyday products, gifts, and services. Buy Social Scotland has made it super easy by putting together a gift directory showcasing hundreds of sustainable and ethical gift ideas made by social enterprises from around Scotland.
Sustainable gifts by Social Stories Club
We are currently partnered with over 30 social ventures from around the UK and our gift boxes feature a wide range of products from food, drinks, beauty, and lifestyle, providing the perfect introduction to the world of social enterprise. Each one of the social venture partners has a powerful story and one we love to share, so included in every gift is a story booklet that documents the causes they support and how their business is having a positive impact.
We also work to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and hope to support all 17 by the end of 2022. These goals act as our guide and illustrate all the areas that we need to work on to make the world a better place.
Our Social Impact
Reducing our impact on the environment is a priority for us and we are constantly researching ways to minimise our waste and improve our carbon footprint. All of our packaging is 100% sustainable and our deliveries are carbon-neutral too which means that whenever we send out one of our sustainable gift boxes, the carbon emissions released during its transport will be offset.
We also provide employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment who fulfil our orders. We are proud to work with such a diverse team and it’s important to us that everyone feels valued and cared for when they come to work for Social Stories Club. We believe in equality, equal opportunities, and fair wages.
Earlier this year we were thrilled to receive our Living Wage Employer accreditation and we hope that this shows our growing team how much we value their hard work. Find out more through our Impact Report.
This festive season consider buying gifts that make a difference and shop social! These businesses are having a positive impact on our environment and communities right now and there is almost certainly a social enterprise out there providing an ethical alternative to what you are looking for.
If you’d like more Christmas gift inspiration check out our Christmas Gift guide or you can find our full collection over in our Shop