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July - it's that time of year - Plastic Free!

This is my third Plastic Free July. It might be the types of places where I shop but I noticed that this year, the idea of going plastic free for July seems more widespread (no hard data, just a feeling). More and more I see takeaway places and festivals using Vegware or other compostable packaging. I definitely felt less alone in my choices this year.  Being further along in m ...

Joining 1% for the Planet

Joining 1% for the Planet is, in my opinion, the most significant action we’ve taken in 2019 towards ‘walking the talk’.  The team talks that took place at our Porto Meetup confirmed that my idea to join the global donation scheme was the right one for the team, both individually and as a wider company. Personally, Barry and I have long been fans of Patagonia outdoor wear. 1 % ...

Ethical banking

Being ethical and sustainable is important to us at HappyPorch. It’s been at the forefront of most big and strategic decisions but we’re not playing closer attention to our supplier list. Improving the quality of our supplier list is an ongoing and challenging task. Banking has proven to be one of the most difficult.  When Barry first started HappyPorch in 2014 (then trading as ...

This week we became an accredited UK Living Wage employer

In general, we have been paying our staff more than the UK Living Wage for awhile now but we think it’s important to shout about our achievements while being open about where we want to improve. After decisions and strategic discussions held at our Team Meetup in La Clusaz we decided accreditation would be important to who we are at HappyPorch.   The accreditation involves a qu ...

Donate instead of gifts

As we are a fully distributed team, our values are what tie us together. Sometimes cool things happen that allow us to connect with other’s values too. We recently had an inspirational connection with PagerTree that allowed us to follow our mission of contributing and supporting actions that can positively impact the world. This resulted in a donation to an organisation whose e ...

Plastic Free July – two voices from the team

Plastic Free July – TomWhen Simone asked the rest of the team about taking part in Plastic Free July, I did think it would be a good and interesting challenge. Convincing my wife Jenny to take part as well wasn’t hard, since we’re both increasingly more aware of the environmental impact that the products we buy have, and we already try to find more sustainable options. So to sp ...

Diversity: where we are and where we’d like to be

Update (5 Sep 2019): The sentiments of this article remain unchanged, although our team has changed a little over the last year.  Checkout the team page for more about us.   We firmly believe that diverse teams are better teams. To us “better” in this context means a team that is more fun, more rewarding, creates better products together and has a more positive impact on the w ...

Living Our Values

Talking the talk, walking the walk, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah We talk a lot about who we are, what we want to be, where we want to go. We don’t want to be blah, blah, blah. We don’t want to be the kind of company that only pays lip service to their values. We don’t want to stick a generic Modern Slavery statement on our website or tell everyone that we’re saving the planet bec ...