Date:Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Author:Harry O'Brien, Kat Pilkington

Stylus Changemakers is back for 2022. This year’s program showcases a fresh line up of fifteen individuals and organisations who are using innovative thinking to make positive change in their industries.

The work our selected 2022 Changemakers are doing not only pushes the boundaries of what’s possible within their respective industries, but is also helping to create a better future for society as a whole. As such, they bring the Changemakers mission to life, and align with one or more of our six core Innovation Platforms of research: Sustainable Futures, Inclusivity Outlook, Digital Worlds, Luxury Perspectives, Wraparound Wellness and Convenience Culture.

We are delighted to be helping our Changemakers turn their ambitious goals into a reality, and showcase how they’re each driving change. 

Black Girl Gamers

Who are they?

A community-powered organisation that advocates growing the influence, representation, equity and experience of Black women in gaming.

What change are they making?

Noticing the underrepresentation of women in the gaming space, and the heightened levels of harassment they experience, the organisation was founded not only to provide a platform for Black women to showcase their gaming talents, but also to create a safe space for them to explore their passion.

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Ethical Brand Directory

Who are they?

An online resource, community and support network for ethical fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands and conscious consumers.

What change are they making?

A core part of founder Roberta Lee’s ethos is that consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice their style in order to do good. By providing a convenient digital space where they can browse freely, Ethical Brand Directory allows consumers to more easily choose brands that align with their personal style and ethical values, shopping safe in the knowledge that their purchase is helping, not hindering, the planet.

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HubPod School

Who are they?

An alternative education platform teaching Gen Alpha about non-fungible tokens, the metaverse, and the future of the internet.

What change are they making?

HubPod School is helping create the founders of tomorrow by preparing them for a digital future, their unconventional education approach hopes to cultivate curious, driven and ambitious people who want to leave their mark on the world.

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Different Kind

Who are they?

A kinder retail business model that stocks products and producers that are making a positive social impact by hiring ex-offenders and refugees and training neuro-diverse young people so they can find fulfilling jobs.

What change are they making?

It all started with a croissant that founder Liz Warner had at a London bakery that was training and employing refugees, as well as trafficked and disadvantaged women. This inspired Warner to continue the positive impact – now Different Kind stocks products from people with stories the world needs to hear.

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Tilting the Lens

Who are they?

An accessibility consultancy, through the pillars of education, advocacy and design, the team support clients to create pathways to a world that is more accessible and equitable for everyone. 

What change are they making?

The team are working to bring visibility to inaccessibility and develop solutions with Disabled people – not just for Disabled people. Together, they find ways to accelerate systemic and cultural change. 

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Takazuri

Who are they?

Takazuri is a design innovation firm developing eco-friendly building materials and providing training to local communities to promote sustainable living with resilient, recycled products.

What change are they making?

Takazuri’s collaborative work with small, local workshops aims to support emerging economies while promoting local employment. For instance, it is currently preparing to deploy a recycled-plastic roofing system in Kenya.

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On Repeat

Who are they?

On Repeat is a sustainable, compostable and refillable beauty company providing packaging designed to biodegrade in consumers’ homes.

What change are they making?

On Repeat wants to reduce the amount of waste created by the beauty industry, one package at a time. Its soluble and compostable packaging eliminates the carbon emissions caused by the transport traditionally used to collect recyclable packaging, and the water used to clean it.

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Chip[s] Board

Who are they?

A company that creates high-quality bioplastics and bioplastic composites from potato waste.

What change are they making?

Chip[s] Board is championing the transition away from the processing of virgin materials, with the philosophy that there’s a lot we can do with the abundance of resources we currently have – we just need to get creative.

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SaltyCo

Who are they?

A company that’s creating planet-positive textiles by actively healing damaged ecosystems through innovative production processes.

What change are they making?

SaltyCo wants to reduce the textile industry’s consumption of and reliance on our planet’s limited supply of freshwater, by growing plants that thrive in dry and salty terrains, making use of abundantly available seawater.

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Jecca Blac

Who are they? 

The first company to design a formulation exclusively to conceal beard shadow, Jecca Blac is a gender-free beauty brand that believes make-up and beauty education is for for all genders, identities, expressions, abilities, ethnicities, shapes, & sizes is celebrated. 

What Change are they making? 

Jecca Blac’s first product, the Correct & Conceal Palette, was the industry’s first to be marketed towards reducing the appearance of facial-hair shadow. The brand has only further innovated from here, with their entire product range being cruelty free, vegan, and make in the UK. Jecca Blac are making makeup a more inclusive space for all.  

Hospital Rooms 

Who are they? 

An arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary and engaging artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.

What change are they making? 

Advocates for art’s unparalleled ability to provide joy and dignity, and to stimulate and heal, Hospital Rooms’ vision of change is for all patients of mental health wards to have the freedom to experience extraordinary artworks.   

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Pentaform

Who are they?

A company that creates affordable technology so everyone can access the benefits of cutting-edge advancements.

What change are they making?

As well as making sure that low-income communities can access technology’s wealth of benefits, Pentaforms’s sustainability initiatives ensure our planet doesn’t further suffer from tech production.

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One Essentials

Who are they?

A slow-fashion start-up that designs everyday essentials using a circular model with a positive impact on the planet.

What change are they making?

One Essentials is ‘closing the loop’ on fast fashion by repurposing materials, keeping them out of landfills and in use for longer. Its mission protects both people and the planet.

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To Better Days

Who are they?

A company that has developed pain-relieving skin patches to treat chronic issues like joint aches and migraines, whilst educating people to be more understanding about the realities of living with long-term conditions.

What change are they making?

To Better Days’ mission is to create a world with less pain, and more compassion towards those living with a chronic condition. It hopes to change the way society views pain – no longer just as a symptom of something else, but as a condition in its own right.

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Canava

Who are they?

An end-to-end, carbon-neutral, conscious-living brand that uses clean energy, recycled materials, and biodegradable packaging.

What change are they making?

Canava’s promise is that the materials and production techniques it uses will always be as environmentally friendly as possible. As co-founders Yisbel Zamora and Geren Lockhart say: “Raw materials are our starting and ending point. The more positively impactful our materials are, the better everything we touch is.”

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We’re looking forward to seeing how this inspiring group of Changemakers grows over the course of the year. We’ll be sharing their stories in the coming months, so keep checking the Changemakers page to stay up-to-date.