Over 100 million girls in developing countries can’t read or write, making paid work – and independence – hard to attain. Ahead of International Women’s Day in March, online secondhand luxury etailer REBELLE teams up with Plan International to help disadvantaged women in Zimbabwe. Sell your old luxury items on rebelle.com and ALL profits go to Plan; take a selfie (like blogger Linda World’s Affair above) in the campaign t-shirt (hashtag #rebellewithacause) and Rebelle will donate an additional 1€ per post.
Few have remained immune to scenes of environmental destruction in Blue Planet 2; grieving whales and plastic pollution have opened our eyes to the everyday tragedies in our oceans. In its latest yearly animal initiative, TOMS is supporting advocacy agency Oceana in its work to protect whales and marine species from over fishing with a limited edition, vegan collection, Whale. Each of the nine styles is inspired by the recovering populations of gray and humpback whales.
From £30. www.toms.co.uk
When Nadia’s eldest daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2013, the family were overwhelmed by the love and support the family was shown: “We experienced first-hand the positive power of gifting – these thoughtful gestures, both large and small that energized us and comforted us.” So she developed THE BOOST BOX COMPANY, boxes filled with natural and therapeutic get well gifts for cancer patients. From beautiful body butters to handheld massagers, from natural sea spongoes to socks, eye masks and wrist warmers, these are exceptional gifts for people going through the most challenging moments in their lives.
From £23. www.theboostboxcompany.com
Situated handily opposite Shoreditch’s buzzing Ace Hotel, NOT JUST ANOTHER STORE challenges all the restrictions and rules that dictate the norms for ordinary retail spaces. Collaboration stand at the core of the concept, which brings together like-minded creatives to curate events, installations and exhibitions – most recently, a talk about the Backbone of the Community and Distraction, an exhibition of neon works by Eve De Haan.
Not Just Another Store, 189 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU.
http://notjustanotherstore.com. Twitter: @NJAS_ldn