Your weekly dose of social shout-outs
Here’s a 90-second overview of the 5 social enterprises, ethical businesses and everyday changemakers that have caught our attention this week.
Today, we present a mix of awesome new discoveries, startups to watch and classic organisations that deserve constant celebration. Enjoy!
INC360: immersive events for the isolated youth
When entrepreneur, Steph Varley, mixed her passion for tech with her desire to do social good, the awe-inspiring INC360 was born. Fast forward 2 months and she was joined by Reema Vadoliya, a colleague from their 9-5’s, who has her own experiences of mental health and isolation. Today this Leeds-based social enterprise supports young people who are experiencing isolation and anxiety by connecting them to community events using immersive video.
Earth Changers: life-changing tourism
Looking for an adventure with a global impact? Earth Changers delivers sustainable tourism at its very best. Yorkshire founder, Vicky Smith, has made it her mission to deliver life-changing experiences with world-changing consequences. The packages are truly inspired and booking with them means supporting conservation and communities in unforgettable places.
Our Mel: in celebration of melanin
Rooted in Yorkshire and based in Sheffield, Our Mel is a leading social enterprise dedicated to exploring cultural identity, Black history and what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today. Inspired by two local lasses on a journey of self-love, Our Mel was born in November 2016 over a pack of caramel biscuits and a cup of tea, Yorkshire of course.
Dark Peak: Gear that gives back
It started with a few self-confessed gear geeks wanting to design the best outerwear on the planet, but they realised that as a business they had a responsibility to improve society and give back. So Dark Peak is built on the simple promise, for every item of clothing sold, they’ll donate another to a person affected by homelessness.
Unwrapping the love
Unwrapped is a zero-waste shop in Sheffield that stocks deliciously local vegetarian and organic food. Founders, Bex and Kirsty, met whilst doing PhDs in ecology. Inspired by their love of nature, they started working with suppliers to pioneer reusable packaging systems and create a circular economy on our doorstep. Oh, and their DIY peanut butter is to die for. Go get some!
If you’re a Yorkshire based entrepreneur with an ethical purpose, get in touch. We’ll be happy to tell your story and promote your cause. It’s 100% free and zero-hassle.