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The Gardener's Lament Tea Towel - By John Bird

As The Big Issue hits 25 + 1, social and sociable trading is the next big step.

Join the One Million Tea-Towel Challenge and spend a fiver on this fantastic initiative. For bulk orders please contact shop@bigissue.com.

"I’ve published my first poem on a tea towel. And also on a mug. You can buy The Gardener’s Lament, about the continuous struggles of gardeners to overcome the seemingly insuperable power of weeds. I want to sell one million of these products with the money going to The Big Issue to continue helping others to help themselves.

It’s another experiment in trying to create trade, selling to the public things that they might want to buy; and to use trade as a means to help charities to continue with their special support work. "

John Bird - Founder & Editor in Chief of The Big Issue

Due to very popular demand, we are running low on stock! Please do still place your order but expect up to 10 working days for delivery.

The Big Issue

The Big Issue’s own-brand products support the creation of a range of work-based opportunities for disadvantaged people.
The Big Issue has spent over 27 years at the helm of self-help revolution. It all began with the launch of The Big Issue magazine in 1991, which was created to offer homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling a magazine on the streets. Since then over 200 million copies magazine have been sold by over 100,000 people. Vendors buy the magazine upfront for £1.25 and sell it on to the public for £2.50, and in doing so each runs their own micro-enterprise. In 2005 Big Issue Invest was launched, with the aim of extending The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of social enterprises and charities across the UK. To date the organisation has directly invested in over 350 such organisations, and manages or advises on more than £170 million of social funds.
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