11th December 2018No Comments

When giving goes beyond just a nice gesture

Giving is the ultimate nice thing to do and it seems everyone feels a bit more generous at this time of year especially. It should really apply all year round, but that's a conversation for another day I think! Whether you're giving a physical item or your time and attention, they still mean something. What if you could go even further and know that your gift does good for more than one person?

Buying from businesses that support communities and groups of people has proven to be possible, through the social enterprise business model and when other brands provide the opportunities for them to have a voice. One of these places are Edge and Company. A newly launched online shop, they're all about giving back in some way which stems from the people who make their products, through to its customers that can buy knowing they're giving back too.

Milly and Steve got in touch after following each other for a little while and they wanted me to experience the products they had on offer, so very very kindly gifted me a selection.  We have similar missions so it was match! There's been no obligation to share in a specific way or what I do with it, but I wanted to share some of the products and the goodness they spread.

All the products are a mix of businesses that I already know as well as some I don't which is exciting, plus they're all perfect additions to the home so is there any other excuse?!

The beauty is in the simplicity when you look closer at how each piece is made. There's no bells and whistles, unnecessary packaging or details that serve no purpose. Just pure, functional quality. Plus the low waste factor is a huge plus point. 

Just in my gift selection, there are already five communities and organisations being supported! You can learn more about some of them here and on the product pages if you're having a browse. 

There will be all the cosy vibes for me this winter; I've lived in my slippers since I've had them, enjoyed a hot cup of tea with my husband and basked in the warm glow of the candles. There's no better feeling knowing that something I have helps another life flourish. Now that's some radical giving.

You can see more at edgeandcompany.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram


All the items seen here were very kindly gifted by Milly and Steve at Edge and Company. All the thoughts shared here are my own and I would never promote a business I don't believe in. 

18th April 2018No Comments

How to make change from your kitchen

Do you like to know the origin of the products you buy? Is how they’re made just as important as if they’ll work? This applies especially to the objects you use at home in your daily life. Now you can be sure you’re buying well AND have something beautiful with Aerende.

After discovering the brand on Instagram (where else?), I found their first popup in London and hotfooted it down there. Speaking with the founder Emily she described it perfectly — ‘A department store for impactful homewares’. It brings together brands and projects that all have a social mission. Total genius idea to be honest and so glad it exists.

Coming from the old English word meaning ‘care’ or ‘message’, Aerende is a social enterprise that sources pieces for the home, all lovingly handmade by makers across the UK facing social challenges.

Not only this, Aerende supports ethical business practice, sustainability and combined with support for smaller makers, each item has an impact well beyond your dining table.

I’ve built up a little collection now and absolutely love that each piece tells a story, has helped someone and is made to last. Just through my bowl, cups, chopping board and tea towel, there’s three communities being strengthened.

Ceramics — The Camphill Village trust provides employment for those with learning disabilities and other special needs to enable them to live meaningful lives. The cups and bowl were designed and made by them, with each piece having its own imperfectly perfect details.

Chopping board — Fruitful Woods is a social enterprise giving support to those with mental health issues through local forestry work and managing woodlands, but also transform surplus wood into functional items like my chopping board.

Tea Towel — The Refugee council support female refugees and those seeking asylum, providing advice and opportunities to gain life and practical skills in the UK. They do this through various projects like making tea towels and napkins for Aerende. They’re made at home whilst learning a new skill and giving them a better chance of getting a job.

If that doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzy and drive to buy mindfully, I don’t know what will! There’s so many businesses that both meet consumer demand AND give back to others without compromising their quality or integrity.

So next time you’re window shopping whether physically or digitally, take a closer look at brands and their values to see if they align with yours. Take the time to find out more, you’ll be surprised.

13th March 2018No Comments

We only have each other to help

This is Palo. Palo lives in Punjab, India in a village near the city of Ludhiana. Strict society and cultural ideals see her as the bottom of the pile because of her caste on top of being female. She was married young and so was never able to study or get a regular job. The same fate applies to her daughter and now daughter in law. The only job she is able to get is to wash, clean and take out rubbish in other peoples houses for food and a little money in return. That might not sound that bad, but in a village in India its very different.

This reality check was all on recent trip to India. Now I know this realisation isn’t new or a surprise, but it hit home so hard I had to take notice of the changes it brought about in me. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting involved with or starting something to support women like Palo. This experience cemented my feelings and urged me to do something to help.

I’m not sure how this will all manifest and grow but for now I’m doing my research. I'm looking to other brands that are doing similar. Looking at how brands are helping others through their business is so encouraging and inspiring me to do the same. Most of us are so lucky to have had an education, jobs and a roof over our heads whilst so many don’t. So why not help if we’re able to?

So now is the time I’ll throw my fear out of the window and enjoy the ride this takes me on and the wonderful people I know I’ll meet.