Ethical, Plastic-Free Hampers,
Helping Us End Homelessness Together

Ethical, Plastic-Free Hampers,
Helping Us End Homelessness Together
December 2023
Wonderful to welcome Kat & Danielle to Thalia’s Wrap n’ Pack!
Living Wage Hours
New SE Innovations
Plastic Free
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For Purpose Businesses Supported
Living Wage Hours
New SE Innovations
Plastic-Free
%
For Purpose Business Supported

So, WHATS iN YOUR HAMPER?

We hope you love your fully compostable and reusable hamper with world firsts celebrating the best of sustainable materials, prison reform and offering a hand up to the communities who need us most.

UPCYCLED, ETHICAL HMP TOTE

Every bag is unique and made from jamila’s ethical coffee sacks

By working together early, with Thalia, we were able to take our coffee sack waste and upcycle the materials to produce a beautiful tote made from jute and hessian coffee sacks from Jamila’s Ethical Coffee sack waste. Each design is unique – no two bags are the same. Teaming up with HMP Downview, the making of your bags helped female prisoners gain their Level 1 and 2 NVQs in tailoring and give serving prisoners an opportunity to work on a scale project and contribute to the upcycling of over 7,000 sacks that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Unused and discarded coffee sacks have been used for packaging materials and to wrap pallets. Any extra waste has been donated to collectors who use sacks to pack rice for donations to Sierra Leone. Your bags are durable and built to last. At the end of their life you can either repair and re-use them or compost them and they will be one with our earth.

STand4Socks

BUY A PAIR, GIVE A PAIR to the homeless

Last year we had stripes, this year we have dots and next year we have some more ideas for you. By supporting the purchase of these socks, for every pair you buy, Stand4Socks donate a pair to someone in need. 

These socks now have entirely plastic-free packaging and the yarns used to make your socks are recycled and offcuts, used to make gorgeous, new socks!

TeA PEOPLE

A REFRESHING START TO YOUR DAY

A robust blend of the finest Indian, Sri Lankan, and Kenyan teas, this Everyday breakfast tea is a blend of the finest black teas from around the world, combined into one bold, full-flavoured, and malty classic blend that is a perfect start to your day. Supporting Tea People and all the incredible work they do.

DIVINE

SUPPORTING WOMEN FARMERS

Divine is a female-led social enterprise that supports predominantly female cocoa farmers through fair trade, education, and environmental support.  Divine chocolate has been palm-oil-free since 2013 and has taken a leadership role in conserving the rainforest areas of West Africa.

In the early 1990s, changes in the cocoa market in Ghana prompted Nana Frimpong Abebrese (Divines founder) to begin creating a farmer-owned company to help farmers sell their cocoa. Nana was a visionary farmer representative and independent representative of COCOBOD (a Ghanaian government-controlled institution that fixes the buying price for cocoa in Ghana).

Nana and a group of other farmers found ways to ensure the company’s net gains would belong to farmers.  Divine guarantee that farmers are paid in cash, and fair-trade premiums can be invested in social programs. By supporting this chocolate you are supporting everything good about slave free, ethical chocolate.

HALF THE STORY

The Living Wage Biscuit

Delicious shortbread biscuits that melt in the mouth, but that’s only half the story! Based in Nottingham, Matt and his team run a new social enterprise that is working to provide people experiencing homelessness, employment to help them get back on their feet.

Working with Ethstat, Half the Story has switched over to a plastic-free wrap, specially commissioned for Thalia, ensuring that your pack is in line with our shared values.

Foxcombe bakehouse

you won't believe it's vegan!

You would never know that Foxcombe Flapjacks is both vegan and gluten-free. That probably has something to do with the incredible baking skill and prowess Helen and Holly have developed over the last 20 years.

Together, they have won almost every cake award in Devon for baking and demonstrated an incredible commitment to the environment.

Foxcombe has been entirely plastic-free since 2019, created zero waste in landfills since 2018, and is now wholly running on renewable energy. A wonderful flapjack treat for all the family to enjoy.

Two Farmers

The First Compostable Crisp Packet

Crafted entirely by hand, these crisps are cooked using locally sourced ingredients that draw inspiration from the distinctive flavours of Herefordshire, the home of the Two Farmers farm.

Mark Green and Sean Mason, the dynamic duo behind Two Farmers, are not just farmers; they’re also environmental enthusiasts deeply committed to their local community. Together, they’ve developed a premium product featuring flavours that highlight the excellence of West Country agriculture.

And one of the biggest benefits? Their packaging is completely compostable – from their shipment boxes, all the way to the crisp packet itself.

JAMILA'S HOT CHOCOLATE

VEGAN, CREAMY AND DELICIOUS TOO.

Over the last few years, we’ve been asked if there was an ethical hot chocolate that also helped support people with Dementia.

Lo, and behold, almost a year later, we’re proud to present our vegan, ethical hot chocolate. It’s in our signature ethical and reusable packaging, delicious and creamy and all you need to do is add water. We hope you enjoy it!

ETHICAL TREE PEN

The Original Biodegradable PEN

Originally designed and used for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio that laid the groundwork for the fight against Climate Change, our Ethstat Tree Pen is made in Europe from bio-cornstarch and recycled paper, whilst also being 100% biodegradable. Once you’ve used it, you can plant it and grow something beautiful. 

We hope you love your Thalia printed pens enabling you to grow a Scots Pine tree taking on a tonne of CO2 in the environment.

The Plastic-Free and Compostable Gift Pack

December 2022

Thalia’s gift hamper has some of the best in plastic and cruelty-free products, including some world firsts!  

Your pack contains the world’s first completely plastic-free, organic and fairtrade instant coffee. Sitting alongside the amazing coffee there is the first completely plastic free gourmet popcorn. Ananda’s Biscuits – no other pack of biscuits on the market are plastic free. Commissioned by Ethstat – they are vegan, home-compostable, delicious shortbreads with zero waste.  

Best of all your pack helped people from disadvantaged backgrounds access work.  Your packers were either street homeless, live in shelters, or were on day release from prison.  Our job is to break the cycle of homelessness, we cannot do it without your help.

Thank you Thalia, we appreciate it more than you can ever know.

 

Whats in the pack?

This Procurement Was Social:

Hours Of Living Wage Employment
Disadvantaged People Accessed Work
Social Value, Vegan, and Plastic-free.
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Dementia Pets and Dolls
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Pairs of Socks for the Homeless
World Firsts

Goupie

NHS supporting Truffles

We are so incredibly proud to present these extraordinary Gluten-free truffles. We have been fans of Goupie and have also been working with them for many years. They base their business hours around the school pick-up time which helps to make their employment accessible and give a proportion of their profits to the NHS.

And, if we don’t say so ourselves, they’re incredibly good at their job of being master chocolatiers.

Sweet Lounge

Vegan Sweeties

Before we met, Greta McDonald was a dedicated vegan and plastic-free supplier. We worked together for several months to bring you this unique-sized and packaged version of her Strawberry Hearts.

We can genuinely say these are her best creations as we’ve sampled her entire range and, in some cases, several times. All in the interest of science, of course…

Ananda's

nut-Free shortbread

The beautiful North Derbyshire village of Dronfield is home to Ananda’s and this artisan bakery produces a range of nut-free, gluten-free, and entirely vegan biscuits. To add to their credentials, through this commission for your hamper, they now come plastic free and, in a home, compostable wrap.

This is a first, as no other pack of biscuits on the market is completely plastic free.

It took our team a little over five months to find the perfect plastic-free, yet sturdy packaging to ensure your biscuits are fresh, and the worms are safe.

Popcorn Shed

LGBTQ+ supporting popcorn

I challenge anyone to do a better job of creating luxury popcorn than Laura and Sam. I truly don’t know how they make it vegan, and so buttery, but I’m glad they do. If you ever thought vegan food was bland, this WILL change your mind.

They had also told us that plastic-free was an impossible dream eight months ago, then we introduced them to Natureflex. Now it has become their norm.

Stand4Socks

Socks for the homeless

Stand4Socks already had a fabulous product and mission – to provide socks for homeless people in a buy one/give one model. But, when Josh, the founder of Stand4Socks, heard we were curating a plastic-free hamper, he leapt at the chance to join in.

Working with Yasmin, all plastic was removed in the packaging process, leading to more than more than 11,000 pieces of single-use plastic being removed from the environment.

Jamila's Ethical Coffee

The Only plastic-free, organic, fairtrade coffee.

We spent more than two years developing our coffee and creating it has been a labour of love. The journey began when my Mum was still alive, and in her 11th year of Dementia. We were pulling together an offering for you that was sustainable, Fairtrade, and one that would give back. I’d sit with Mum with our spreadsheets, and share our vision for a better coffee, and ever the supportive parent, she’d smile and tell us that it would happen one day.

100,000 units later, we are providing dementia dolls, pets, and aids all over the UK. Our coffee started with Amey, and we are forever grateful for your support.

Two Farmers

Two Farmers are genuinely passionate about the Herefordshire countryside, enabling them to grow award-winning potatoes; founders Sean and Mark met one night for a pint of local beer and a packet of crisps. They hatched out a plan of honouring and celebrating these potatoes, and that night the Two Farmers brand was born.

Two Farmers grow, harvest, store, cook and pack their crisps. They maintain control throughout each process to ensure you receive the finest end product. Two Farmers are committed to giving back to the environment, which is why we keep our road miles low and use 100% compostable packaging. They aim to promote Herefordshire as a county of outstanding agricultural achievement.

Made entirely using natural flavours from their farm in Hereford, Two Farmers are the only plastic-free and home-compostable crisp manufacturer. They are powered entirely by renewable energy and support rural communities into work.

Real Lives - real impact

How valuable is your hamper?

One of the faces you might have expected to see is not here. Kia has been at every Wrap and Pack event we have ever done and has been featured in the last two impact reports.

We first met Kia as a street sleeper that would deliberately get arrested when the weather got too cold so he could spend a few weeks in prison.

“ Life on the streets is a grind; when it gets too much, and I need a break, I throw a brick through a shop window and get myself arrested.”

His first contact was accessing one of our projects that gives hot meals to rough sleepers. We have helped him through several short-scale interventions across the last three years. Each of these interventions helped build his esteem and his confidence.

Kai at the Centenary Hamper Wrap and Pack.

We helped him in other ways too. After last year’s wrap and pack, we helped him get his first flat and some counselling. In turn, that led to him becoming more ready to work. Today he is the manager of a Pret a Manger in Chelsea.

As Bruce, Ethstat’s Environment Director explains.

Kia and Nathan in October

These projects are not one-offs. Each intervention builds one on top of the other to help people in desperate situations get back on their feet and contribute to society.”

Amey has been instrumental in helping Kia, and many like him rebuild their lives; it has allowed us to give consistency and support. It’s not just us that think so either, recently The Department of Work and Pensions has recognised that our interventions are crucial to helping people back into mainstream society and have funded a joint project to explore how this can be expanded around the country. 

So, what’s your hamper worth?  

It’s life-changing. 

Real Lives - real impact

How valuable is your hamper?

One of the faces you might have expected to see is not here. Kia has been at every Wrap and Pack event we have ever done and has been featured in the last two impact reports.

We first met Kia as a street sleeper that would deliberately get arrested when the weather got too cold so he could spend a few weeks in prison.

“ Life on the streets is a grind; when it gets too much, and I need a break, I throw a brick through a shop window and get myself arrested.”

His first contact was accessing one of our projects that gives hot meals to rough sleepers. We have helped him through several short-scale interventions across the last three years. Each of these interventions helped build his esteem and his confidence.

Kai at the Centenary Hamper Wrap and Pack.

We helped him in other ways too. After last year’s wrap and pack, we helped him get his first flat and some counselling. In turn, that led to him becoming more ready to work. Today he is working in Pret a Manger in Gatwick.

 

As Bruce, Ethstat’s Environment Director explains.

Kia and Nathan in October

These projects are not one-offs. Each intervention builds one on top of the other to help people in desperate situations get back on their feet and contribute to society.”

Amey has been instrumental in helping Kia, and many like him rebuild their lives; it has allowed us to give consistency and support. It’s not just us that think so either, recently The Department of Work and Pensions has recognised that our interventions are crucial to helping people back into mainstream society and have funded a joint project to explore how this can be expanded around the country. 

So, what’s your hamper worth?  

It’s life-changing.