Living in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and seeing our kids growing up free to wander and express themselves as they wish makes us feel truly blessed.
It is important to us that as part of our business we, in some small way, give back to help alleviate the suffering of others.
Here are a few ways in which we contribute through effective charities:
Who Gives a Crap:
Anyone who has been to stay with us will have seen our toilet rolls are from the wonderfully fun named “Who Gives a Crap”. In their words:
“We think toilets are pretty funny, but we started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people (roughly 40% of the world’s population) don’t have access to a toilet. Unfortunately that’s not very funny. Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution—they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. And in case that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Toilets are magical!
We’re determined to prove that toilet paper is about more than just wiping bums. We make all of our products with environmentally friendly materials, and we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets for those in need. To date we’ve donated over £1,000,000! to charity and saved a heck of a lot of trees, water and energy. Not bad for a toilet paper company, eh?”
2018 we donated money to help farmers returning to their land after civil war and famine to buy seeds and equipment to help them to become self-sufficient.
Pure Planet Energy:
On the farm we use a lot of solar energy. We have our own PV cells, plus solar-thermal water heating, and the house is designed to heat passively through the sun coming in our south facing windows.
Beyond our own generation we turn to Pure Planet Energy who state:
100% renewable electricity
Zero markup on the energy you use
The news can be overwhelming when it comes to people hit by disasters around the world. We give on a monthly basis to Tear Fund. In their words:
“We help communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters – we believe that the same people who face these issues, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them.
Tearfund works alongside local churches and other locally-based organisations in over 50 countries to help people realise their plans for a better future.
In 50 years we’ve seen millions of lives restored and we won’t stop until poverty stops. Together there’s more we can do.”
This is a freeview channel that support Christians and poverty relief here in the UK.
Tough on Plastic
I suspect many of you may have seen the Plastic Ocean film. As parents, seeing kids playing up to their ankles in plastic waste was very upsetting. Our shepherd huts have always been about natural, and so plastic is avoided wherever possible. We are getting more fastidious about this and, in particular, are currently looking at our plants and how to avoid unwanted use of pots. We are not perfect in this area, but we are actively exploring how we can get better.