Brands we work with
We are currently partnered with over 30 social ventures from around the UK and our sustainable gift hampers feature a wide range of products from food, drink, beauty, and lifestyle. They each have a powerful social story of how each product is transforming communities, individuals and the environment. These social stories are included in every sustainable gift box and hamper in a colourful story booklet. Inside this story booklet you can also learn how our sustainable corporate gifts support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our sustainable packaging, our impact and environmental targets and wins and more.
We are constantly growing our product range and aim to bring you variety and high quality products in every single gift box. If you run a social enterprise or social venture business and you feel your products would be a great fit for Social Stories Club, contact email@example.com to tell us a bit more about your business and attach some images of your amazing products. We have a lot of companies reach out to us and wile we cannot include every company inside our sustainable gifts, everyone who reaches out will be considered an discussed.
The beautiful packaging of Arthouse Unlimited has been designed by a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. The artists work alongside instructors to create artworks which are developed into designer products. All the artwork is derived from the skills each artist brings to the enterprise and every contribution holds real value. Offering a sense of purpose lies at the heart of Arthouse Unlimited's philosophy in line with their belief that feeling truly respected improves health and well-being.
Bermondsey Street Bees is a sustainable beekeeping practice that makes award-winning, characterful, raw, single-source honey. They contribute time, data and resources to global bee research. Through their pioneering 'Green Offset' policy, they plant pollinator gardens in their community, while contributing to the understanding of honeybees and the issues surrounding their survival. They also run community planting projects and advise on public and private realm planting initiatives to feed both honeybees and wild pollinators. It gets better - they also donate their speaking fees and percentage of their revenue to bee charities.
Chocolate and Love are an award-winning brand that makes delicious dark chocolate from the finest organic ingredients. Every aspect of the business is run as ethically as possible from reducing their shipping to cut down on fuel costs or using FSC certified paper and plastic free silver wrappers that are completely biodegradable. They also collaborate with innovative reforestation organisation Weforest.org and to date have planted 28,000 trees! By planting trees with this organisation they can offset the production of paper used in packaging their chocolate bars.
Café Direct was the first coffee company to become Fairtrade certified. For over 25 years, they have supported farmers in coffee-growing regions. They give back 50% of their profits to the farmers to improve the quality of their crops and the quality of their livelihoods. One million families in 14 countries have been impacted. Café Direct guarantees fairtrade minimum pricing which is 50% higher than the current market price, allowing farmers to make a decent profit. On top of this almost 40% of their coffee purchases are organic.
Today, 131 million girls aged 6-17 do not go to school. Chika's are working to change that for the girls of tomorrow. They will give 38,000 girls access to education by 2024 and are working to build schools for children across Africa. Every packet of nuts helps to empower girls in Africa through education.
Dalit Goods Co. empowers and trains the Dalit people in India to make handmade candles. For 3,000 years, the Dalits, formerly known as Untouchable, have been positioned at the bottom of India's society that devalues them from birth. There are 250 million people who are exposed to this injustice and Dalit candles empower these individuals by giving them employment and opportunities. The proceeds go towards providing education and healthcare to the Dalit children.
About 40% of fruits and vegetables grown in the UK do not make it to the supermarket shelves because they are considered to be imperfect - but wonky lemons taste great too! Dash Water aims to naturally hydrate the nation and reduce food waste in a fun, sustainable way. They flavour their drinks with wonky fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. Without sugars and sweeteners, Dash Water makes the sweetest way to reduce food waste.
With Divine Chocolate, you can help the 85,000 farmers of KuapaKokoo who co-own the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine Chocolate. As owners, the farmers receive a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. The cooperative's mission is to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood. The cooperative also aims to increase women's participation in its activities and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa.
With 3.7 trillion apples wasted globally, Karina & Maciek set out on a 5-year mission to save 20,000 tonnes of wonky surplus fruit and vegetables. Upto March 2022, they saved nearly 22,99 million fruit. Along with this, they also aim to donate 1 million drinks to charities around the UK with 39,000 donated so far.
Grace Chocolates support women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system towards fulfilling, sustainable employment by making and selling exquisite chocolates: Grace chocolates is a social enterprise selling high-quality chocolates across the UK. They are committed to providing opportunities for women with barriers to their personal development, learning and economic well being.
By choosing Goodwash, you are helping improve the lives of animals and people in local communities without having to compromise on quality. Goodwash products are sourced from only the very finest natural ingredients from our land and sea. Their cruelty-free products boast an abundance of natural health benefits that will leave your skin, hair, body and fur body feeling totally replenished.
Island Bakery makes the most delicious biscuits baked in unique ovens which are heated using the local wood chips from Mull's abundant timber plantations. This is not only environmentally sustainable but the gentle heat gives the biscuits a slow, perfect bake. Their factory building is powered entirely with local sources of renewable energy. Electricity for the building is generated both by a hydro-electric turbine on the neighbouring Tobermory river, and a single wind turbine set on a hill above the bakery. Sweet FA is a new range of biscuits created by Island Bakery’s Chief Biscuit baker, Fiona Aitali (which is where the FA comes from!). After being diagnosed as Coeliac, she devoted her skills to gluten free baking and after being so impressed with her creations, Island Bakery decided to put her cookies into production. Using a special blend of flours and all organic ingredients, Sweet FA biscuits are also 100% Vegan so can be enjoyed by all!
Leiho is a lifestyle brand on a mission to make purchasing basic products more meaningful. It all starts with providing socks to homeless communities because clean socks are one of the most requested clothing items at homeless shelters. They hope that sharing basic essentials with people who need them most will take us a step closer to creating a positive impact in their lives. So far, they have donated over 6,572 basic essentials including socks, hot food, water, and sanitary products.
Mama Buci sources their honey from small-scale beekeepers and helps provide education to children in Zambia and Ethiopia. Their focus starts with educating the beekeepers and families on how to work with their land to help maintain a healthy ecosystem. Bringing honey to everyone is only the first stage of their journey. Mama Buci wants to make a real difference to the lives of people in Zambia and other impoverished countries.
With fantastic whole-leaf tea blends, Nemi Teas is providing employment to refugees. This helps them gain local work experience and job-readiness skills to enter the UK workforce and integrate into the broader society. In addition to this, all their tea bags are plastic-free and their packaging is biodegradable.
One Green Bottle are committed to helping to create a clean environment and the minimisation of our reliance of single-use plastics. For every bottle they sell, they recover 25 single-use plastic bottles from the ocean. Not only are their products packaged without single-use plastics but they have removed single-use plastics from their entire supply chain. To date, they have saved over 10 billion single-use plastic bottles.
Based in Northern Ireland, Refuge Chocolate makes delicious products from the finest Belgian chocolate. From luxurious chocolate melts to gooey brownie kits and chocolate spread, each product is made from fairly traded ingredients and as waste free as possible. What’s more, they donate a portion of their profits to Flourish NI, a Northern Ireland based Charity that supports survivors of human trafficking - it’s no surprise the brand has won 4 awards!
Rubies In The Rubble create something from nothing. They take ingredients surplus to the food supply chain that would otherwise go to waste and turn them into delicious ketchups, mayo's and relishes. Food waste is an issue that occurs throughout the food supply chain and produce can be rejected for a number of reasons including size, shape, ripeness, aesthetics, and over-production. Rubies In The Rubble put these ingredients through a taste-test rather than a beauty contest. They embrace the diversity of nature and love the perfectly imperfect.
Shetland Soap Company believes that everyone regardless of disability should have the opportunity to work. Given the right conditions, everyone has the potential to contribute to our society and in doing so will learn to value themselves and be valued by others. They help people reach their potential by giving opportunities to learn in a supportive work environment free from stigma and discrimination. They understand disability and focus on ability where together, they produce a range of handmade soap and skincare products of the highest quality. Great Products, Great People
40-50% of edible fruits and vegetables go to waste. Spare Snacks have rescued hundreds of tonnes of wonky produce destined for landfill and transformed them into delicious snacks that are air-dried and never fried. They have sold hundreds of thousands of snacks and won multiple awards.
Tea People was founded by a husband-wife duo who come from the beautiful tea-growing region of Darjeeling in India. In 2009, they came across a school in their hometown that was in urgent need of some repairs and assistance. The school served the children of tea garden-workers and other impoverished villagers in the area. They came up with a fantastic idea to start a social enterprise, selling specialty tea to fund education projects. Tea People give back 50% of their profits to educational development projects focusing on girls in tea-growing regions, helping students climb the social ladder.
Toast Ale is here to change the world. They use surplus bread to make their beer. This not only helps reduce food waste but by replacing virgin barley, they use less land, water, and energy, while avoiding carbon emissions. To date, they have saved over 2.07 million slices of bread and donated over £48,000 to charity. As they say, Raise a Toast.
UpCircle Beauty creates award-winning sustainable skin care using by-products from other industries. The brand is 100% natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, handmade in the UK and housed in 100% recyclable packaging. Creating a positive environmental impact is at the heart of what they do and by reusing would-be waste ingredients, they have already saved 80 tonnes of coffee grounds from going to landfill.
Urban Cordial has helped save over a 120 tonnes of fruit from going to the landfill with their cordials. They work with their local farms to source surplus fruits and their production process is zero waste with all fruit pulp going to the local farms to become animal feed.
VENT for Change is a sustainable stationery company. Proceeds from every VENT product sold go towards global education projects getting children back into school. Through their PENCILS with PURPOSE programme, they have been working with education-based charities to get pencils into the hands of those that need them most. Their pencils are made from recycled CD cases in the UK and they sharpen with a normal sharpener.