Company battling plastic waste from toys launches in Devon

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Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 1:04pm

Good Things, a Devon-based business, is hoping to help reverse the negative impact of mass-consumerism by making it easy for people to make an ethical choice when shopping for gifts. Offering ethical children’s gifts, sourced from around the world, Good Things have a range of products available to purchase from their online store. 

We all know that the planet is in trouble, 91% of plastic is not recycled and the demand for goods at a cheap price means that people around the world are often working in unsafe conditions for a very poor wage. 

Good Things is the brainchild of female entrepreneur, Lucy Willougby. After spending time in Costa Rica, Nepal and Tanzania, working with entrepreneurs setting up small businesses, Lucy was inspired to let the world know about the products she found and the projects they support. 

Lucy said: “I spent time in Tanzania working with people in rural areas and supporting them as they started small businesses. I realised just how significant this livelihood can be. With a regular source of income, parents were able to send their children to school and afford urgent healthcare. 

“Supporting enterprises which help people earn a decent wage can be life-changing. We often buy gifts for people at the last minute and I thought that, if I can offer a range of unusual and fun gifts which are kind to the environment and fair for the people who make them, then the positive impact goes far beyond the person receiving that gift.”

Lucy has made sure that all the products on the Good Things website have a positive impact on the planet by seeking out innovative, fair and sustainable products for kids, that support great things around the world. 20% off all profits from Good Things will also support charities. 

Products include sea plastic turned into beach playsets, fairly made magnetic wooden robots, plastic bottles turned into submarines and fair trade fabric cooking sets. 

Good Things champions suppliers from around the world, telling their stories and showcasing their products. 

Lucy added: “A sustainable livelihood is one of the most powerful ways of transforming lives. We’re hoping that people will shop with Good Things to help support local, national and international projects.”

Good Things products will be available to purchase online from 15 July, all products are sent out in completely recyclable wrapping paper and packaging to reduce their environmental impact.  

The start-up business has big ambitions. Good Things was recently awarded £10,000 worth of ongoing business support, as part of the Fast Track to Growth Programme, for their plans to build and scale the project. Good Things will be working with the likes of NatWest, Stephens Scown and PKF Francis Clark as they launch and expand beyond products for children and offer a wide range of gifts that do good things. They have also received funding via the NatWest ‘Back her business’ crowdfunding initiative which supports female entrepreneurs and offers free coaching and mentoring opportunities. 

Find out more about Good Things and browse the range online: https://www.goodthingsgifts.co.uk