B Corp certified companies are leaders in the movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. It is a label of future-thinking, conscious and sustainably minded business. This year we proudly received B Corp certification (!!!) based on the work we do to support economic, social and environmental sustainability with our partners at origin, as well as the work we do to roast, pack and deliver these coffees to our wholesale and at-home customers in the UK. As an independent review system, you can be sure that everyone who shares the B Corp label is putting the continuous work in towards ethical business practice. That’s why we took a look at other UK businesses wearing the B Corp badge to compile a Climpsons recommended gift guide for your last minute shopping needs.
Here’s some of our favourite picks from fellow B Corp-ers for Christmas gifting that does good for people and the planet.
1. RNLI Fisherman Beanie
£35 from Finisterre
For those that live a life at sea, or for us landlocked ocean dreamers. Finisterre have partnered with the RNLI for a seafaring inspired range to support the vital work they do saving lives at sea. This Cornwall based surf brand are pioneers in sustainable adventure wear and their podcast is a treasure trove for anyone looking to dive deeper into ocean activism.
2. Big Issue North Socks by Stanley Chow
£12.99 from Stand 4 Socks
"A bold concept but when you stop and think about it, most of us wear socks, everyday.... and if each pair could have a positive impact, then why can't socks change the world?" And so, Stand 4 socks was born. For every pair of socks bought a pair is donated to vulnerable people in need. They’ve collaborated with artist Stanley Chow for three special designs where 100% of profits will go to support Big Issue North.
£19.19 at World of Books
Leading climate activist Greta Thunburg curates an essential handbook for making change in the world from the wisdom of hundreds of experts across fields of geophysics, oceanography, economics, philosophy and many more. You’ll find this and thousands of other mint condition second hand books on World of Book’s online library - second hand shopping at your fingertips.
£12 from The Paper Party Bag Shop
And most importantly, the stocking to fill. The Paper Party Bag Shop is stocked full of plastic-free gifts, cards and wrap, inspired by a desire to create a kids party bag, without the inevitable plastic. Wash and reuse this paper stocking year after year.
5. Unisex Mera Peak 2000 Waterproof Jacket
£300 from Berghaus
In this grey and wet December a reliable waterproof seems like the ultimate Christmas gift. Berghaus garms come with lifetime access to their ‘Repairhaus’ in Sunderland, where any wear and tear on your well-worn outdoor goods will be repaired free of charge, all you need to pay for is the postage.
£110 from Stay Wild Swim
For the brave cold water swimmers heading out for a Christmas day dip. Made from 100% regenerated nylon fibre found in waste products like fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpet flooring. All pieces are designed and produced in London. Send Stay Wild Swim your worn-down swimwear for recycling, and receive 10% off your order by way of a thank you.
£86 from Hylo Athletics
Hylo runners are built using renewable materials and designed to be produced in the last carbon intensive way possible. Where a regular shoe would contain around 65 parts, and therefore 360 separate processing steps, Hylo have reduced this shoe to just 16 parts - designing more out of less. This shoe comes in endless colour-ways to suit any style.
£280 - £430 from Patagonia
Forerunners in sustainability and activism for the last 50 years, Patagonia’s Yulex wetsuits provide a sustainable alternative to the non-renewable neoprene wetsuits most surfers have grown up with. Yulex is made with natural rubber, tapped from hevea trees that replenish their resources every 30 years.
“Good surfers pass the stoke, bring people into the community, protect our peaks, teach ocean safety and mentor future generations.”
9. Gingerbread House Kit
£22.50 from Honeywell Bakes
Great British baking from Honeywell Bakes. Set in the Northamptonshire countryside and sourcing local ingredients they’re on a mission to minimise food waste and improve our food packaging system. It doesn’t get more festive than their bake at home gingerbread house kit.
£8 for Black Bee Honey
We all know how important bees are for our delicate ecosystem, with the best tasting honey coming from bees pollinating a thriving and diverse floral landscape. Black Bee Honey support this with their circular business model, where 2% of all turnover is used to create wildflower meadows in the UK. Shop through the year with their limited edition seasonal range - you’ll find the winter jar sourced from Salisbury Plain where the bees forage on ivy for a fudge-like texture, excellent on a slice of buttered toast.
£7.50 from Halen Mon
Pure Anglesey sea salt enjoyed by chefs across the world. Halen Mon was born from a love of the rural island of Anglesey in North Wales and its clean and clear sea waters. Enjoy their famous oaked and smoked salt to season that fancy salmon dish you’re planning.
12. Midnight Oil Coffee Liqueur
£34 from Climpson & Sons
And, last but not least, our very own Midnight Oil Coffee Liqueur. Made using The Baron from world-renowned carbon negative coffee producer Daterra, this is a must have when the cocktail trolley gets wheeled out for the season. For espresso martinis and beyond.
Do you have a B Corp certified gift you’re giving this year? We’d love to hear about your favourite B Corp certified businesses as we continue to share the love for like-minded businesses in the New Year.
For the East London locals, our home on Broadway Market makes the perfect spot for supporting independent businesses, from book buying at Donlon Books, Artwords and The Broadway Bookshop to Christmas dinner shopping at regeneratively farmed Hill & Szrok butchers or sustainably-caught fishmongers Fin & Flounder. Delicious wine supplies for every taste bud can be found at our wonderful new neighbours Shrine to the Vine. The street is feeling particularly festive at this time of year.