Since the beginning of our journey in 2011, sustainability has and will continue to be front of mind for us here at Thrills. Our mission is to create quality clothing and accessories while reducing our impact on the environment and inspiring change. It's easy for businesses to talk about how they're going to become more sustainable, but as for us, we're about walking the talk and making real change. We're proud of our journey so far; From using materials such as Hemp and Organic Cotton in our collections to making substantial changes at our HQ to reduce waste. We're not perfect, and we can admit it's a long road ahead, but we can assure you it's a key part of our DNA, and we're here for the long haul.
The truth is, we all have a responsibility for the planet, and on our Sustainable Future journey one big part is that we're all about giving back to the environment through local non-profits that align with our values. When people come together and make small changes, the impact can be tremendous. This is why we're so incredibly proud to be a part of the 1% For The Planet global network.
1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry. It all started when two businessmen met and bonded over their shared love for the outdoors. Realizing their responsibility to protect our planet, they decided to give 1% of their sales back to the environment—whether or not they were profitable. Now, 1% for the Planet network is made up of more than 2,000 environmentally-conscious companies and thousands of non-profit partners across 60 countries. Since the network’s launch in 2002, members have given more than $265 million to environmental causes.
Since 2019, we've pledged to collect a percentage of sales from selected sustainable focus products to give back to a local charity we're passionate about and aligns with our values. Enter Seed, a local non-profit organisation (Australia’s first and only Indigenous youth climate network) led by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for climate justice. Seed builds the capacity of young people and communities to gain skills and confidence in telling their story and leading our climate campaigns.
Over the last five years, Seed has been organising and building the power of Aboriginal young people and communities across the Northern Territory who are leading the campaign to ban gas fracking and protect their land, water, culture and the climate.
Currently, 51% of the NT is under oil or gas exploration licences which could release greenhouse emissions five times that of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine if fracked! Seed is backing Traditional Owners, community leaders and young people in communities on the frontline of fracking to pressure gas companies, starting with Origin Energy, to back out of their dangerous fracking plans.
The NT election in August is a critical opportunity to put fracking front and centre on the political agenda and elevate the voices of Traditional Owners speaking out for a ban on fracking and investment in clean energy alternatives. Seed is currently on the ground organising communities in the NT to ensure this, recently campaigning to get communities to enrol to vote as thousands of Aboriginal people in the NT are left out of elections. Seed will be rolling out a variety of tactics over the next month to ensure Aboriginal self-determination and a ban on fracking are at the forefront of the public and political agenda.
Due to the restrictions on physical gatherings, Seed were unable to deliver our normal in-person training programs, but Seed’s online Protect Country Fellowship just launched to empower over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with the skills, tools, knowledge and networks to mobilise, organise and take action in their communities and beyond.
It’s already been a huge year for the fracking campaign, with Origin pausing their fracking operations in the first half of 2020 and the NT election being a critical opportunity to put fracking front and centre on the political agenda. Seed will continue to elevate the voices of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities in their call to ban on fracking and invest in clean energy alternatives.
With your help, we have raised an incredible $11,644 which has been donated to Seed. We couldn't have done this without you and your amazing support.
This is just the beginning and, with your support, we can't wait to see what next year will bring. Get your hands on a piece from our '1% For The Planet collection' now to make a difference.