When establishing ekologik, I wanted to design a business that helps people and the planet, as well as providing an affordable sustainable swap, and a platform to educate about environmental living. This is exactly what ekologik does. As well as donating 2% of every sale to the environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage, ekologik make regular, large donations of products to homeless shelters and other social charities across Bristol. Meeting the volunteers behind these charities is a really special part of ekologik life.
Surfers Against Sewage
From day one of ekologik, we have partnered with Surfers Against Sewage who are an environmental charity that combats marine plastic pollution. This incredible charity strives for plastic-free oceans and it campaigns, protests and takes action towards achieving this goal. We donate 2% of every sale to Surfers Against Sewage and have also carried out a litter pick to support their community campaign the Million Mile Clean. We are proud to be partnered with such a proactive, environmental charity that our principles align so closely with.
Help Bristol’s Homeless
Help Bristol’s Homeless strive to change the face of homelessness in Bristol, by providing a gated community of self contained, micro-flats and vital support to its residents. We donated a large amount of laundry products to the charity, who need to wash bedding, clothes and sleeping bags, etc., for the homeless community. We were delighted to be able to make a small contribution to the invaluable work that goes on at Help Bristol’s Homeless.
Julian’s Trust Night Shelter
We donated more laundry products to the fabulous charity Julian Trust Night Shelter, in central Bristol. Julian Trust is an entirely volunteer run charity. They provide food, shelter, showers, supplies and support for anyone who needs it. One of their longstanding volunteers showed us around the whole facility, highlighting where our donation would be utilised. We were overwhelmed with the fantastic work that they carry out in the charity. It is incredible that we are able to support such wonderful charities thanks to the support of our customers.
Aid Box Community
We also made a donation of laundry products to Aid Box Community, who run a free shop and provide support and sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol’s community. The monetary allowance that refugees and asylum seekers are entitled to is difficult to survive off, therefore, the free shop that ABC runs is invaluable to this community. Laundry products tend to be an expensive product to afford, therefore we are delighted that ekologik’s laundry pods are on the shelves of the shop, free of charge to customers.
Haircuts 4 Homeless Bristol
Our most recent donation was to Haircuts 4 Homeless Bristol which is a brand new branch of the national charity. We met with the founder, who told us a great deal about the wonderful work that has been done by the charity, in such a small space of time. Haircuts 4 Homeless provide a free hairdressing and barbering service for Bristol’s homeless community, hosting monthly sessions that ensure the homeless community are given the self esteem boost that they deserve. A team of volunteer hairdressers donate their time and expertise to the session, which ensures that every customer is given a thorough and ‘normal’ appointment, and they are made to feel important, respected and cared for. The sessions are always a success, with a buzz of community spirit and generosity. We donated some Virucidal disinfectant cleaner to clean the salon between customers and laundry pods to wash the towels and cloaks. We are delighted to support such a valuable cause.
Thanks to every purchase that our customers make, we can continue this good work, and support people and the planet, creating a cleaner environment inside and out.