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 this 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’s Environmental Sustainability collection puts the planet before profit, enabling you to make a positive contribution to the world, without impacting negatively on the Earth.
Ditch the plastic and opt for a reusable GiveMeTap water bottle (above) – for each bottle purchased, a person in Africa is able to have clean drinking water for five years, and to top it off, there will be no pesky plastic filling up the ocean. In fact, since they started, there’s been 32,400,000 fewer plastic bottles in landfills and oceans across the world. Available in a variety of sizes and colours, GiveMeTap is the perfect companion for work, the gym or just for on the go.
If you’re passionate about ditching plastic, pick up one of our #WEARABIGISSUE ‘Plastic in our Oceans’ T-shirt (main picture). Designed by street artist Mau Mau, this limited-edition artwork is printed on an organic cotton EarthPositive® T-shirt, manufactured solely on sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power.
Elvis And Kresse craft beautifully designed bags and accessories, made from decommissioned fire-hoses and lined with reclaimed parachute silk. Saving the hoses from ending up as landfill, they also send 50% of their profits to the Fire Fighters Charity.
Following in their footsteps, Elephant Branded handcraft their bags and accessories (pictured above) from recycled cement bags by villagers in Cambodia. As well as donating one product for every one bought, Elephant Branded also supports the villagers by providing them with locally sourced, recycled materials, and allow them the opportunity to develop valuable skills that not only allow them to get out of poverty, but do so in an effective and sustainable way.
Making the most of off-cuts, Hackney-based Damsel & Daughter create beautiful handmade purses (above) from vegan leather – with all proceeds going to provide feminine care kits to disadvantaged women.
With so many products on offer, it’s easy to buy sustainably, and with that all-important social echo too.