This year, Bank Australia received B Corp certification. To celebrate, we’re spreading some festive cheer and shining a light on some other great Australian B Corps with our ultimate holiday gift guide.
In a year where time has lost all meaning, Christmas is suddenly just around the corner. Rather than competing with the crowds at shopping centres, or buying things that might not be all that great for the planet, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite B Corps, offering products and services that are actually making the world a better place.
Tis the season to shop mindfully, you know?
For the soulful creative
Dumbo Feather is pretty much the ultimate in storytelling; each issue is filled with feature-length articles about people doing extraordinary things. The common thread connecting them all together? Everyone in the pages of Dumbo Feather is striving to do good in the world. Subscriptions and magazine bundles are available through Dumbo Feather.
Paper that’s tree-free? And waterproof? And made from 100% sustainably recycled stone? Karst Stone Paper, pictured in our cover image, sell beautifully designed, waterproof notebooks and a range of wood-free pencils, perfect for that creative friend who might be prone to spilling their coffee over their notebook (every. single. day.) or just really cares about the environment.
For the latte lover
With beans ethically sourced from farms around the globe, Sydney-based Sample Coffee operate on a subscription-based model – delivering weekly, fortnightly, or monthly – so your latte-loving pal need never run out of coffee again.
Of course, your friend will need the perfect cup from which to sip the perfect brew. Created out of a need to cut down on the use of single-use takeaway coffee cups, KeepCup offer a colourful and effective solution to ethical caffeine ingestion You can customise your KeepCup from a range of coloured lids, plugs and thermal bands, and many cafes offer discounts to people who BYO cup.
For the outdoorsy-type
The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit in 2020. And with overseas adventures looking like they’ll be off the cards for a while, it’s time to travel a little closer to home. Intrepid Travel, who recently became the first tour operator in the world with verified science-based climate action targets, has just released a range of local Australian small group adventures. Treat your travel-loving pal to an epic adventure in their own backyard.
Adventurers need supplies, too and Kathmandu and Patagonia are both working hard to ensure all of those supplies are as ethically-made as possible, giving the cold shoulder to fast fashion and instead creating outdoor gear that’s durable, functional and sustainable.
For the free-range foodie
Red Gum BBQ on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is Australia’s largest craft beer and Southern-style barbecue joint, and is committed to exclusively using local and free-range produce. If you can’t take your foodie friend out for dinner, spoil them with a saucy gift pack instead.
The Farm, just outside Byron Bay, is – well – a farm. But it’s also a collection of micro businesses – a restaurant, a bakery, a market garden, and more – all working to support the environment and make the world just a little more harmonious.
The extremely delicious Three Blue Ducks restaurant has pre-packed picnics, to be enjoyed on the grounds, for sale through their website, or book your mate a spot in one of The Farm’s adult farming workshops, which cover topics such as ethical farming, beekeeping, permaculture and organic growing.
For the conscious quaffer
We all know beer is good for what ales you (sorry). But breweries aren’t really known for their environmental friendliness, using large amounts of water and even larger amounts of waste in order to get the perfect brew. That is until Stone & Wood and 4 Pines walked into the bar. Both B Corp-accredited breweries have reduced their water and energy consumption, use recycled materials in their packaging, and make a mighty fine beer. Cheers to that.
Find out more about what it means to be a B Corp here.
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