Thalia

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
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Social Value, Vegan, and Plastic-free.
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Dementia Pets and Dolls
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.