Social enterprises are businesses that have a social or environmental purpose. This means that they reinvest any surpluses they make back into the business in order to deliver more of their social or environmental purpose. Another key thing about a social enterprise is that it is still a business and it needs to generate profits and be sustainable. – Make an Impact
We give away our profits 😇
Well, some of it anyway. More than half. We want to do good. We want to make a difference. We still get a wage and invest in the company and pay all the overheads and all the other stuff but we make sure 50%+ of the profit goes to either an environmental or animal welfare project.
Tower Hill Stables Sanctuary
With every order you place, we give a contribution to Tower Hill Stables Sanctuary. It keeps Twinkle, the blind pony, and all her 600+ friends happy and safe living a life with dignity.
Planting Trees in the Amazon
We also plant a tree for each order placed. Our tree planting partner is Ecologi. Ecologi's projects include protecting part of the Amazon in Peru. The project funds the protection of 98,932 hectares of the rainforest. Protection of this area will prevent 659,793 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere each year.
You vote on the 3rd project each month
Each month we'll put forward 3 nominations and you vote to say which one to choose. Use the hashtag #LOSTDODOVOTE and name your choice. See Instagram and Snapchat for the options that months.
“We make sure 50%+ of the profit goes to either an environmental or animal welfare project.”
I’m Alex. I’m the founder and Head Dodo at LostDodo.com.
Lost Dodo is a social enterprise dedicated to raising funds and awareness of vegan and environmental causes. We do that by selling garments.
All of our garments are sustainable. That word means a lot to a lot of different people doesn’t it? What it means to me is that our supplier has all of the fabulous accreditations to prove that every bit of raw cotton is grown or produced in ways that don’t harm people, animals or the environment.
Our garments even carry the “PeTA – APPROVED VEGAN” label stitched into the clothing.
And did you say that fashion is a pile of poop for the workers in Bangladesh? It doesn’t have to be, we use a manufacturing supplier that has achieved “Fair Wear Leader” status. Social audits are in place, internal codes of conduct, monthly reports and daily visits.
Sustainable clothing isn’t just about the clothing! The complete lifecycle is important too. All our garments are dispatched in bloomin’ tough bags made of 100% paper and are 100% recyclable and 100% compostable. We plan to begin a buy back scheme where you can send back pre-loved Lost Dodo clothing and receive a store credit or a donation will be made to a vegan or environmental cause on your behalf. It’s your choice. The other way we may improve the lifecycle is to enable people to sell/trade unwanted t-shirts. We’re still thinking it through. It may be that we buy back garments and then sell them via the store or perhaps a hub for everyone to directly trade between each other.
Oh my goodness, I haven’t even mentioned that with every order we plant at least one tree and give 5% of every order to an animal sanctuary in Essex.
Do you remember that bit about us being a social enterprise? Each month we’ll give 50%+ of our net profit to support the charity or organisation of the month. We’re supporting the big names like Veganuary, Greenpeace, the Dogs Trust but also the smaller grassroots organisations too.
So there you go, that’s a little bit about Lost Dodo.
Thanks for reading. 💚