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New Community Members for February 2019

Good Market February 2019 Blog

Welcome to the 34 social enterprises and responsible businesses that joined the Good Market community in February 2019! This month’s roundup includes social enterprise service providers, zero waste initiatives, a glass packaging manufacturer, a co-working space, a computer game, and much more. See all 872 Good Market approved community members at www.goodmarket.global.

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Mark

Plymouth, United Kingdom

Social Enterprise Mark is the only internationally available social enterprise accreditation. By providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, they ensure that the business model remains ethical, credible and commercial. The Social Enterprise Mark acts as an independent guarantee that a business is operating as a social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Gold Market is an excellence framework that encourages social enterprises to develop their capabilities and continuously improve. The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark was developed in partnership with the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions. In addition to welcoming applications from social enterprises around the world, Social Enterprise Mark also offers international consultancy services to help global counterparts set up social enterprise accreditation schemes within their own countries. Social Enterprise Mark is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is a member of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and Social Enterprise UK.
https://socialenterprisemark.goodmarket.global

Colombo Cooperative

Colombo Cooperative

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo Cooperative is a coworking space for entrepreneurs, creatives, and freelancers. Their mission is to help entrepreneurs from all walks of life come together and achieve their full potential by being a hub for networking, space and professional resources. Colombo Cooperative was established to be a place without hierarchy, where everyone is equal and learning from failure is celebrated. Particular attention is given to making the space welcoming for female entrepreneurs. Colombo Cooperative is committed to sustainable sourcing. They serve local coffee and filtered water with no plastic bottles and preferentially partner with other local service providers and suppliers that are good for people and good for the planet.
https://colombocooperative.goodmarket.global

The Better Tomorrow Movement

The Better Tomorrow Movement

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Better Tomorrow Movement (TBTM) is an international organization that provides young people with the tools to create, execute, and scale impactful social projects through free interactive training programs. TBTM’s Hand-Up program is a tailored peer-peer mentorship program. The Good Human Series is a series of workshops that provides insight into creating positive and sustainable social impact. The Global Ambassador program develops demonstrable online advocacy and digital communication skills. The Comms4Change program collaborates with industry professionals, academics, and practitioners to create and deliver interactive learning modules on the topics of social media engagement, communications, and public relations for young people building their first social impact project.​
https://thebettertomorrowmovement.goodmarket.global

Getwater.lk

Getwater.lk

Sri Lanka

Getwater.lk is a free online platform and digital map that makes it easy to find and share water refill locations in Sri Lanka. This enables travelers to choose water refills and avoid single-use plastic. Getwater.lk users can add water refill locations to the map and click the “I refilled here” button to help measure collective impact. An estimated 7 liters of water, 162 grams of oil, and 100 grams of carbon dioxide is saved with every refill. Getwater.lk is a nationwide initiative developed by Waste Less Arugam Bay and designed by Colombo Design Studio.
https://getwaterlk.goodmarket.global

Barressential

Barressential

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Barressential works with clients to develop sustainable and balanced fitness habits for long-term wellness. Their certified instructors offer private and group barre and pilates classes, health and nutrition workshops, and retreats. They specialize in pre-natal and post-natal pilates and rehabilitation pilates for clients dealing with injury, disability, and disease. Barressential runs pro bono workshops to help cancer survivors develop a pilates practice and recover from treatments and surgeries. They also have tiered pricing options for group classes so that people with limited disposable income can participate. Ten percent of revenue is donated quarterly to partner causes.
https://barressential.goodmarket.global

_SocialStarters

_SocialStarters

London, United Kingdom

_SocialStarters offers training, coaching, and placement support for business professionals who want to share their knowledge and skills with social enterprises tackling social and environmental issues. They organize social impact incubators and accelerators, impact mentoring, social enterprise consulting programs, and troubleshooter events for marketing, sales, and operations. _SocialStarters is based in the UK but has served clients around the world and run programs in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil. Participating entrepreneurs have access to support from experienced business professionals, and the business professionals have the opportunity to give back, develop new skills, and learn more about social enterprise. _SocialStarters is a member of Social Enterprise UK.
https://socialstarters.goodmarket.global

Tails of Freedom

Tails of Freedom

Panadura, Sri Lanka

Tails of Freedom is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned and abused purebred dogs in Sri Lanka. They advocate for improved regulation of pet breeding, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership and work closely with other rescue groups, veterinary groups, and government institutions to raise awareness and improve welfare for companion animals in Sri Lanka. Tails of Freedom operates through a network of volunteers and community supporters.
https://tailsoffreedom.goodmarket.global

BEEN London

BEEN London

London, United Kingdom

BEEN London creates beautiful everyday accessories from materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. Their bags are designed to minimize cutting floor waste and handmade in London from recycled leather. The linings and zippers are made from recycled plastic bottles, and the packaging is made from recycled and recyclable paper. The finished product is delivered by Camden Society, a London-based social enterprise that trains people with learning disabilities and handles logistics.
https://beenlondon.goodmarket.global

B-Off Dengue

B-Off Dengue

Colombo, Sri Lanka

B-Off Dengue aims to raise awareness about dengue prevention in Sri Lanka and introduce environmentally friendly, safe and effective methods of mosquito control. They distribute Biogents mosquito traps, a patented trap from Germany, which attracts mosquitoes using the same compounds found in human skin. Unlike other mosquito control options, the trap does not emit any insecticide, smoke, or other harmful substances. B-Off Dengue collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Environmental Health Officers on dengue awareness and management issues. They work with schools and businesses to raise awareness and help them manage the risk of dengue, and they are in the process of setting up an independent monitoring system for mosquito control in Sri Lanka.​
https://boffdengue.goodmarket.global

Orikalankini

Orikalankini

Manipur, India

Orikalankini is changing narratives around menstruation and inclusive sexuality through art, theater, dialog, and connection. Instead of being something to “manage,” menstruation is seen as a way to connect with our bodies and care for the earth. Orikalankini creates safe spaces to discuss menstruation and sexual health. They also offer internships, training of trainer programs, art-based menstrual education tool kits, online resources, washable cloth pads, trans inclusive menstrual cups, period charting artwork, bracelets, games, and comic books.
https://orikalankini.goodmarket.global

Sendero Specialty Coffee

Sendero Specialty Coffee

London, United Kingdom

Sendero Specialty Coffee is a London-based coffee importer, roaster, and coffee house committed to direct sourcing. They explore remote coffee-growing regions and purchase high quality Arabica beans directly from local families and cooperatives. Priority is given to shade-grown coffee that is hand picked and processed in small batches. Sendero currently sources from producers in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Uganda. The coffee from Peru and Uganda is certified organic. Sendero is known for their whole bean and ground coffee but also offers compostable coffee capsules.
https://senderocoffee.goodmarket.global

Dominic Hostettler – Design & Impressions

Dominic Hostettler Design & Impressions

Winterthur, Switzerland

Dominic Hostettler – Design & Impressions specializes in illustration, graphic design, web design, and animation and prioritizes responsible businesses and community initiatives. Special rates and voluntary services are offered for social enterprises and non-profit initiatives that benefit people and the planet including Global Ecovillage Network Switzerland, Sustainable Winterthur, and the Economy for the Common Good Movement. Dominic Hostettler – Design & Impressions purchases renewable energy, uses carbon neutral web hosting, reduces and recycles waste, and promotes a plant-based diet.​
https://dominichostettlerdesignimpressions.goodmarket.global

​Spare Snacks

​Spare Snacks

St. Albans, United Kingdom

​Spare Snacks reduces food waste by using wonky fruits and vegetables to make tasty air-dried snacks. In many parts of the world, supermarkets have developed strict visual standards for fresh produce, which means fruits and vegetables are being wasted because they are oddly shaped, discolored, or blemished. Spare Snacks uses delicious, but visually imperfect, fruits and vegetables to make their range of apple, pear, and beetroot crisps. They are in the process of transitioning to compostable packaging.
https://sparesnacks.goodmarket.global

Control Union

Control Union

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Control Union provides services related to sustainable agricultural supply chains including food, feed, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, social compliance and textiles in more than 70 countries. Control Union Certifications is internationally accredited by RvA, ASI, and ISO. The Sri Lankan office is accredited by SLAB and is the market leader for organic certification in Sri Lanka. Public awareness sessions, training, and consultancies are offered through the Control Union Academy. Control Union is a member of Biodiversity Sri Lanka.​
https://controlunion.goodmarket.global

Mountain Products

Mountain Products

​Langtang, Nepal

Mountain Products is a social enterprise working with marginalized and indigenous farmers in remote mountain communities in Nepal. The rugged terrain makes it difficult to access services and market opportunities. Mountain Products bridges the gap. They promote organic agriculture techniques and offer value-added products like apple brandy, dried apples, apple jam, native bee honey, beeswax products and coffee. Mountain Products also coordinates agritourism programs in the region.
https://mountainproducts.goodmarket.global

Piramal Glass

Piramal Glass

Ratmalana, Sri Lanka

Piramal Glass specializes in the design and production of glass packaging for food and beverage, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. They promote glass as a safe, non-leaching, and environmentally responsible alternative to plastic packaging and storage containers. Their Horana production facility collects and recycles 25,000 tons of waste glass per year. Piramal Glass also donates to support primary education in rural villages.​
https://piramal.goodmarket.global

Young Connectors of the Future (YCF)

Young Connectors of the Future (YCF)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) is a program organized by Swedish Institute to support young leaders in South Asia and give them the tools and methods they need to work for an equal and sustainable society. The YCF Alumni Network enables past participants to continue to support each other’s personal and professional development, exchange ideas, and collaborate on common issues. It includes leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
https://ycfalumninetwork.goodmarket.global

Chinmaya Organization For Rural Development (CORD)

Chinmaya Organization For Rural Development (CORD)

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka

Chinmaya Organization For Rural Development (CORD) is a non-profit organization that works with women and children in the north and east of Sri Lanka. They assist with microfinance for family-owned enterprises, well construction, and school supplies. CORD also helps women who lost their husbands during 30 years of war create self-sustaining businesses using locally available materials. Their popular collection of palmyrah hats are designed by an international designer and handmade by women in the north. Each purchase directly support the women and their families. CORD is sustained through donations and volunteers.
https://cordsrilanka.goodmarket.global

Vyanga

Vyanga

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka

Vyanga is a computer game created by Edutainment Lanka to help make the learning process more enjoyable and interactive. Vyanga is a local language game that features characters from local folklore and helps students prepare for exams. More than 20% of the market price is reserved to support social initiatives in Sri Lanka.
https://vyanga.goodmarket.global

Naked Necessities

Naked Necessities

​Exeter, United Kingdom

Naked Necessities aims to create plastic free oceans through innovative product design. They take everyday products and redesign them from the bottom up, eliminating plastic from their designs and sourcing. Over 2 billion plastic razors are thrown away every year. The Naked Shave Kit and vegan shaving soap makes it easier to reduce shaving-related plastic waste.
https://nakednecessities.goodmarket.global

Convex

Convex

​Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka

Convex Lanka focuses on supplying high quality cashew at affordable prices so that the health and nutrition benefits are accessible to local consumers. They source from home gardeners and small-scale farmers in Anamaduwa, Puttalam, Abanpola, and other rural areas. The cashew are initially solar dried and then carefully hand processed to maximize quality. Convex donates cashew seedlings to farmers to promote cultivation for future generations and contributes to village schools and local community
initiatives.
https://convex.goodmarket.global

Emily

Emily

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Emily creates unique soft toys, block-printed garments, and accessories from upcycled fabric scraps that are sourced from local garment manufacturers. They also do block printing with natural plant-based dyes and non-toxic fabric dyes. Emily creates livelihood opportunities for women in rural areas who are unable to access traditional employment. Two percent of revenue is allocated to a welfare fund for workers. An additional five percent is donated to support infant health and women struggling with infertility.
https://emily.goodmarket.global

Cocolie

Cocolie

Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Cocolie specializes in natural skin care products that are made from organic virgin coconut oil and sustainably sourced local ingredients. Their lip balms, scrubs, and soaps are developed to protect, soothe, nourish and heal. They prioritize reusable and recyclable packaging.
https://cocolie.goodmarket.global

Which Wich? by The Vegan Kitchen

Which Wich? by The Vegan Kitchen

Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka

Which Wich? is a pop-up sandwich boutique by The Vegan Kitchen that uses natural and locally sourced ingredients. All items are made from scratch and food scraps are composted. The Vegan Kitchen is a catering service that aims to open people’s minds and raise awareness that cruelty-free plant-based food can be tasty and affordable. They participate in village activities and contribute to animal activists and organizations on a monthly basis.
https://thevegankitchen.goodmarket.global

Rika

Rika

Ragama, Sri Lanka

Rika is a social enterprise that specializes in environmentally responsible maternity wear. They focus on providing employment opportunities to rural women from low income families and have established a production house in Ambanpola, a remote area of Kurunegala district. In order to minimize their environmental impact, Rika does not use polythene for clothing tags or packaging and has transitioned to natural textiles that are biodegradable, cruelty free, and vegan. They have also worked with a group of mothers facing financial difficulties to create a new line of bags and accessories using the fabric scraps from their maternity wear. All proceeds from these bags and accessories go directly to the women that made them.
https://rika.goodmarket.global

Sinha

Sinha

Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Sinha specializes in affordable, environmentally responsible machinery for small-scale farmers. They produce custom dehydrators for food storage and value addition and digital incubators for hatching eggs. The dehydrators can be used with a plugin solar unit or powered by biomass like sawdust or paddy husks. Sinha also sells free range eggs and has their own hatchery facility for free range chicks. Chicks are provided at low rates to low-income families so they can improve their livelihoods and start producing free range eggs at home. Sinha recycles their own paper waste into packaging materials.
https://sinha.goodmarket.global

Richard Dried Fish

Richard Dried Fish

Vavuniya, Sri LankaCity, Country

Richard Dried Fish is an enterprise started by a wheelchair user in northern Sri Lanka. They work directly with fishing communities in Mannar to produce quality dried fish with less salt, and then they clean, cut, pack, and distribute it. Dried fish production is a traditional form of value addition that reduces food waste. Richard Dried Fish focuses on providing an affordable high quality product for local consumers.
https://richarddriedfish.goodmarket.global

Ghedora-Connects

Ghedora-Connects

Battaramulla, Sri Lanka

Ghedora-Connects is a platform to connect with people in need, amplify their stories, mobilize resources, and provide ongoing support so they can live happier, healthier lives. Their mission is to motivate people to come together and create a more compassionate community. In addition to mobilizing community donations, Ghedora-Connects organizes second-hand goods sales as fundraisers specific charity causes.
https://ghedoraconnects.goodmarket.global

CoCoFab

CoCoFab

Kalutara, Sri Lanka

CoCoFab produces homemade virgin coconut oil in glass bottles. Their mission is to provide healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible products to local consumers. CoCoFab supports rural livelihoods by sourcing coconut from local home gardens and providing flexible employment opportunities to women in the area.
https://cocofab.goodmarket.global

Janitha Ruhunu

Janitha Ruhunu

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Janitha Ruhunu promotes natural, traditional foods made without synthetic preservatives or energy intensive canning. They specialize in southern style fish ambulthiyal which is served in a clay pot. Traditional food preparation techniques are based on locally available resources and reduce food waste.
https://janitharuhunu.goodmarket.global

Waste

Waste

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka

Waste produces educational toys and puzzles from upcycled materials. They source wood scraps from local workshops and sawmills. Their focus is on creating innovative designs to replace plastic toys and imported goods.
https://waste.goodmarket.global

Bollywood Bhavan

Bollywood Bhavan

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Bollywood Bhavan specializes in homemade Indian food. They source ingredients from local, small-scale producers and focus on providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for people who cannot access traditional employment. Bollywood Bhavan uses banana leaves, compostable packaging, and reusable tableware to minimize waste.
https://bollywoodbhavan.goodmarket.global

Vida Organic

Vida Organic

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Vida Organic offers organic certified king coconut water, coconut oil, bottled fruit, dried fruit, and fruit purees from Sri Lanka. Their goal is to make organic products more accessible and support the sustainable and transparent development of organic farming.
https://vidaorganic.goodmarket.global

Yattir

Yattir

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka

Yattir offers healthy sandwiches made from natural, locally sourced ingredients. Whenever possible they source from other Good Market community members and local, small-scale suppliers. The founder was unable to work for 3 years due to medical reasons and is now committed to benefiting others by making healthier food options more accessible. As Yattir expands, they aim to contribute to Center of Hope and other local causes.​
https://yattir.goodmarket.global

Know an initiative that’s good for people and good for the planet? Encourage them to get involved. The online application is available in English, Sinhala, and Tamil at https://www.goodmarket.global/application. Urdu translation is completed, and translation into other languages is now underway. Learn more about the community translation project here.

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