Do you think it would be possible to run a company that educates girls in developing countries, helps the environment AND makes a profit?
Meet Lauren Shuttleworth, a Brisbane based social entrepreneur who is doing exactly that with her eco-friendly stationery company Words With Heart.
Lauren tells of her frustration of seeing notebooks intended for young girls, with frivolous and disempowering statements on the covers, about boys, fashion, lipstick etc and being really bothered by this. Lauren firmly believes notebooks should be the starting point of inspiration, ideas, passion and creativity. So Lauren decided to start her own company doing exactly that, creating “mini billboards” of inspiration and empowerment for girls of all ages.
Lauren ran a crowding funding campaign in 2011 that raised her $20,000 to launch her new brand that funds education days for girls in developing countries, helps the environment, and spreads messages of empowerment and equality.
Words With Heart notebooks use 100% post consumer recycled paper and card, products are printed with vegie based inks, using solar power and no harsh printing chemicals. “It’s as eco-friendly as it gets” Lauren says.
Every Words With Heart product funds a set number of education days for women and girls in developing countries – this goals planner to the left funds one day of education. Lauren has partnered with Australian not-for-profit organisations Care Australia and One Girl to deliver on this. It is Lauren’s goal to fund 500,000 education days by the end of 2016.
Lauren sells notebooks, journals, travel diaries and printable planners. Lauren also runs custom print items, for your own company or design.
For the month of June, Lauren is offering a special discount on her products – this week’s offer is 15% off customised business cards, including “all the fancy stuff” like recycled paper, gold foiling, round corners and more – email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or follow Words With Heart on instagram to get all of the month’s special offers.
Here are just some of her lovely Words With Heart notebooks:
So next time you need a gift for a girl (of any age) or even a gift for yourself – check out Lauren’s beautiful range here, and give a gift that keeps giving and empowering women and girls all over the world!
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