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> Know The Origin started as a Fairtrade and organic fashion brand. Now, we’re an  ethical marketplace, home to over 100 brands with some of the highest sustainability standards out there. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it. We want you to be able to see  our impact - and yours.

Brands have often got us hooked with ‘sustainable’ and ‘ethical’ buzzwords, but what evidence do we actually see? Transparency is only one layer of  an ethical brand. Evidence is the next. This is why we’ve  created an impact calculator to measure our practices. You can easily see  exactly  how much plastic we’ve saved, how many ethical brands we support, how many products we have available and how many hours of fairly paid work is funded by our products.


PLASTIC SAVED


We’ve made it our mission to reduce the 300 million tonnes of plastic that are produced every year. (https://seedscientific.com/plastic-waste-statistics/) We’re doing this not only by providing plastic-free alternatives for home and lifestyle products, but by cutting out synthetic fabrics in our clothing too. That’s because plastic microfibers shed from synthetic clothing into the water account for 85% of the human-made material found along ocean shores, which threatens marine wildlife and can end up in our food supply. (http://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Browne_2011-EST-Accumulation_of_microplastics-worldwide-sources-sinks.pdf) It’s scary stuff. But we want to help you make a positive impact, so for every product we stock  we have calculated how much plastic YOU save by making the switch. 

 


SUPPORTING OTHER BUSINESSES

Know The Origin was born 5 years ago, and since then we’ve partnered with over 100 ethical fashion and lifestyle brands - all looking to expand and grow. Whether female founded, non-profit, made in the UK or international, we love seeing each and every one thrive. Start-up business comes with daily challenges, so we’re building an inclusive ethical community of big and small brands that can learn, discuss, and collaborate together in one space. It’s an ever-growing community of the best ethical brands - and we can’t wait to welcome more.


ACCESSIBILITY/CHOICE


Our team is constantly working to curate a wide variety of accessible, ethical products for your home. Shopping ethically from just one maker can be difficult,  expensive, and time consuming. That’s why we think marketplaces like ours are the way forward. Our constantly evolving community of ethical brands means that we can make your life easier and simpler - providing you with a one-stop shop for everything you need. With just one delivery charge, you’ll receive your products in 1-2 days if you live in the  UK (with the option for expedited international or 3-7 days Europe/international standard delivery if you live elsewhere). Whether you’re looking for basic plastic-free essentials, a pay-day treat, or amazing gifts for your loved ones, the way we work puts customers first, so you can shop affordably and with ease.

 


SYSTEMIC CHANGE


We are not just flashing big numbers to impress you - we are leading the way for systemic change. Ultimately, it’s not just about how many products we can offer you, it’s what impact those products are making. The fourth and final impact we calculate is the number of hours of fairly paid work that our products have contributed towards. We want to show that above all, you are purchasing an item which is offering fair wages and supporting a good quality of life for each and every person involved in its supply chain.


Even though we can’t calculate this impact for every brand on our platform, we know that each brand stands with us in creating systemic change - empowering and prioritising people, the planet and their brand purpose. 

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Molly James

Writer’s Bio: Molly is our Conscious Living Buyer, a graduate in International Development with Spanish and a lover of anything with Peanut Butter.

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