How To Shop According To The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

The Global Goals For Sustainable Development are a set of seventeen goals and targets outlined by the United Nations: a blueprint for how governments, organisations, societies and individuals should be acting towards a healthier world.

While some of these goals are attainable mainly through government intervention, there are ways we can pursue them ourselves, our purchasing decisions being a perfect example.

Motivated by the targets outlined by the UN in their 2015 report, humanitarian and entrepreneur Sarah Dowell decided to work toward the global goals for sustainable development by setting up a business that supports socially conscious and environmentally friendly brands: organisations with sustainable development built into their ethos and approach. So Asanti was born: a one-stop shop for values-led social enterprises and ethical brands, each of which donates 50% or more of their profits to a charitable cause, or operates on a “buy one, give one” model.

To help promote the amazing work Sarah and the Asanti team are doing, we decided to shine a light on five of the seventeen Global Goals For Sustainable Development, and list an Asanti-supported organisation that’s helping our global society achieve that aim.


Quality Education

Quality Education is listed as goal four on the list of Global Goals For Sustainable Development, and this issue has unquantifiable impacts. One organisation working to achieve this aim is social enterprise Tsuno, which creates sustainable menstrual care products and donates 50% of profits to charities that focus on empowering women through education and menstrual support. As well as an ongoing partnership with leading female education and empowerment charity One Girl, Tsuno have supported  The International Women’s Development Agency, Share the Dignity, The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, The Rough Period, The Asylum Seekers Centre Newtown and Essentials for Women South Australia. You can stock up on Tsuno’s range of organic and bamboo cotton sanitary products via the Asanti website.


Affordable and Clean Energy

Few household items signify indulgence like a scented candle, but one scented candle company is harnessing the power of indulgence for good: with 50% of their profits committed to providing access to solar lights for children living without access to electricity. Coming in a range of fragrances, with a 60 hour burn time and an impact card outlining the positive impact the purchase of each candle has on underprivileged communities, Good Frances candles make the perfect gift for your friend who believes in giving back.


Good Health And Wellbeing

Easy access to good sexual health products is something a lot of us take for granted, but the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases are a real and significant fear for many people living in underprivileged communities. Natural condom brand Hero operates on a “buy one, give one” model, meaning that for every pack of condoms purchased, they donate a pack to communities in need in Botswana. Hero condoms are made from natural rubber latex and are 100% Vegan Friendly, electronically tested and pac recyclable packaging


No Poverty

The number one goal listed on the UN’s list of goals for sustainable development is to eradicate poverty. Sarah and her team at Asanti are helping to achieve this goal by partnering with charitable organisations such as Nice Coffee Co, who donate 100% of their profits to organisations providing primary school education in Africa’s largest slum, Kibera, Kenya. If coffee is part of your daily routine, make it go further. You can stock up on Nice Coffee Co’s biodegradable coffee pods via the Asanti website.


Gender Equality

Period poverty is a problem that impacts women and girls in developing and developed countries alike, and lack of access to menstrual care products can cause myriad disadvantages for underprivileged women and girls. Without access to menstrual care products, many girls find themselves missing days at school every month due to their menstrual bleed, so the social enterprise Ruby Cup has stepped up to help. For every product purchased, the Ruby Cup team donates one to a woman in need. Based on the sustainable design of Ruby Cup’s products, this means they’re empowering women and girls for an untold number of menstrual cycles. This Spanish born company truly has a global impact, and is helping achieve the goal of gender equality.


To shop Asanti’s range of ethically made, sourced and distributed products, visit asanti.com.au

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