How many festivals or events have you attended where you'd wish they'd provided recycling?What about when you go to a restaurant or fast-food takeaway and you're given your food in plastic containers, styro-foam (polystyrene) cups? Or maybe you get frustrated with plastic straws at your local bar? This is exactly why Tara Dodson, founder of Full Circle Resource Management set up her business out of frustration.
In this podcast I interview Jane Ryall, Wales Manager for UnLtd - a UK-wide charity "helping to make the world a better place" through supporting social entrepreneurs and giving Awards/funding. Lots of useful information about the Awards UnLtd provide as well as the unique opportunities and challenges in Wales for the social enterprise sector.
Claire Lyons started her business as a blog, about her 'family project' to consider how they were spending their money and reduce the amount of 'stuff' in their home. After baby number four Claire and her husband re-focused on what was important to them as a family, re-connected with their values and began thinking about how they could live more frugally and sustainably.
The trend for home-stays, farm-work holidays and other 'live like a local' adventures is growing in the tourism industry....but how do we know we are experiencing something authentic or contributing positively to the people we stay with, or local economy? Sanne Mejiboom has answered this with her social business: I-Like Local.
Joy Mackeith started Triangle Consulting with 2 other women, when they were freelancers and simply had a joint interest in working with mission driven organisations and charities. They now provide a suite of tools to help in one-to-one support situations, to enable the key-worker and service user to see the change or distance travelled for the service user, during the engagement.
Kudu & Mimi is a fantastic example of doing good business. Not only is the ethics and environment considered in sourcing and manufacturing the products they sell, the profits go towards a local charity the founders are passionate about. Tahni Aitken shares her story of setting up Kudu & Mimi with her sister.
A slightly different social entrepreneur this week, one who's business is all about supporting other people set up impactful and sustainable social enterprises all over the world. Solene Pignet, is French but lives in Turkey and travels when she wants to, whilst running her online social enterprise - Creators for Good