Be The Change Awards

It is with great honour and pleasure that we announce that Lost in Samsara is one of the finalists for the 2019 Be The Change Awards for "Brands that Give Back"!

Our work wouldn't be possible without you and we are truly grateful to all of you for your constant support. 
We will now be judged by another panel of experts. In the meantime, our short video is also running for the People’s Choice Award!  Public vote is now open until 12th April. Just give us a thumb up on Youtube if you like it! 
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What we have accomplished together

January is when we all stop to reflect on the year that has just passed by and start putting together all our dreams and hopes for the year to come. It is that time when we can be proud of our achievements and learn from our mistakes. 
We wanted to share our accomplishments with you because through your support, enthusiasm and participation we managed to achieve some big results. 
Here is our work at a glance towards the achievement of some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

GOALS IN ACTION:

We have also donated to Surfers Against Sewage through the sale of our special edition keyring to help them protect our coastlines and keep fighting against plastic pollution. 

2019

We will start the new year by visiting our producers in Cambodia to design our new collection and bring back some stories and inspiration.
All of this couldn't have been done without you and we hope that 2019 will bring even more amazing results.
 
Thank you everyone!
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Ditch Black Friday: Shop Ethical Instead!

We are really happy of being one of the sponsors of Ethical Hour's campaign Shop Ethical Instead. 

On 19 November, before Black Friday Ethical Hour will be hosting a Twitter chat and running a social media campaign with the theme #ShopEthicalInstead. The aim of this campaign is to encourage people to shop from smaller ethical brands over the festive season and give gifts with a positive impact.

Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and it is our chance to show with our wallet what kind of businesses we want to support and send a clear message that people and the planet must come first. By shopping from smaller ethical brands we vote for a different economy, an economy that doesn't put profit over everything and everybody. 

We firmly believe that by shopping ethically we can unlock the power of business for good, a business that empowers communities and cares about our planet.

Our daily choices really matter and we can all join our forces this Christmas. If you want to be part of the conversation join us and Ethical Hour for an evening of discussion on Monday 19 November. Tune in at 8pm on Twitter and use hashtags #ethicalhour and #shopethicalinstead!

#EthicalHour is the world's largest online ethical network. They are building a supportive, ethically-focused community, facilitating positive change and growing the ethical economy. #EthicalHour connects people, businesses and bloggers that are ethically-minded and passionate about creating a better world.

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It's Social Saturday!

This year Lost in Samsara will be joining Social Saturday, a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about those who are doing business differently, putting people and communities first.
 
Social Saturday will start on Monday 8 October and will finish on Saturday 13 October. 
There are over 80,000 social enterprises in the UK – businesses which trade to meet a social or environmental purpose and which reinvest the majority of their profits back towards meeting their social mission and we are really proud to be one of them. 
The campaign, organised by Social Enterprise UK, encourages consumers to use their spending power to support social enterprises. From coffee and beer to fashion and toiletries there are social enterprise alternatives for everyday consumer goods.
Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, said:
“Social enterprises are creating equality through business – they are offering quality products but are set up in a way that directly addresses some of the biggest social and environmental issues we face. Whether it's coffee carts creating jobs for the homeless, bottled water funding clean water projects abroad or soap manufactured by people who are with disabilities – there are social enterprise alternatives out there which show that there can be more to business than just the bottom line.
They are more diverse and more innovative than mainstream businesses, creating jobs and opportunities where they are needed most. We encourage consumers to unleash their spending power and support social enterprises on Social Saturday and beyond.”
 
WAYS OF GETTING INVOLVED!
Social enterprises are making a difference in your community and around the world, set up to trade for a social purpose and using business to create a more equal society. They are creating jobs where they’re needed most and tackling some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to climate change. They are changing the way we do business and you can support them. 

Find a Social Enterprise near you

There is a very useful Social Saturday map  that features social enterprises that are open to the public during the campaign as well as events that will be taking place between 8th-13th of October, from pop-up markets to community fun days.
We will be at Spitalfields Market if you'd like to have a chat!

Share on Social Media

If you visit a social enterprise, buy a social enterprise product or just want to shout out loud about the social enterprise movement and the impact it's having, you can help get #SocialSaturday2018 trending on social media! Make sure you're following @SocialEnt_UK on Twitter and Social Enterprise UK on Instagram and Facebook.
We hope to see you around for a week of celebration, campaigning and fun!
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The Leap Manifesto

“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.” - Eduardo Galeano

It is not everyday that you can come across something so compelling as the Leap Manifesto where dreams of a better future are put beautifully into tangible actions and demands. 
The Manifesto was born in 2015 after a two-day meeting involving representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. 
Canada is the first country to release it but there are already groups working toward one for Australia and Britain (The People's Demand) and there has been interest expressed from around the world. 
What I have really loved is that people have come together to shape a new and better world. They have stated what are their most important demands for a new economy, an economy that is inclusive, that can eliminate inequality and that strongly and fundamentally Cares, with a capitol C. 
" We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities."
Now more than ever we need a revolution of ideas, without being scared of dreaming big. A revolution that brings us back together, that is necessary and most of all that we can undoubtedly afford.
If you'd like to read the Manifesto, know more and get involved please visit The Leap Manifesto 
“We need a different kind of solar revolution, one that doesn’t just change how we generate our power, but also who benefits.” – Naomi Klein
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