Plastic Oceans UK is delighted to announce that we are part of a unique advent calendar for Christmas 2019, alongside 23 other charities, which will appear in John Lewis & Partners stores across the country. This gives you an opportunity to support the Teenage Cancer Trust, RNIB, Marie Curie, The Refugee Council, Plantlife, and many other charities, alongside the work we do.

Last year the celebrity-endorsed social enterprise Advent of Change raised £100,000 for its 24 chosen charities, and even received an award from the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding contribution to charitable causes. Plastic Oceans UK are proud to join the Advent of Change movement, as part of their Premium Advent Calendar for 2019 and World Changer Wall Calendar for 2020.

Each day of this alternative advent calendar represents a £1 donation and describes how that gift could be used, giving the recipient a ‘feel-good feeling’ when seeing exactly how they’ve helped – from stopping plastic reaching the ocean, to offering shelter to a homeless person, and even helping to provide life-changing medicine for a sick child.

Turning Christmas consumerism upside down

Advent of Change started with one person, and a little idea: to take a product built to receive, and reverse its purpose to give instead – an idea that quickly captured the imagination of many others. The innovative social enterprise caught the attention of John Lewis & Partners, who this year will again be stocking the calendar in stores throughout the country and online.

Dan Cooper, Partner and Head Christmas Buyer at John Lewis & Partners, said:

“In my role, I get to see some really interesting and exciting new products, but the Advent of Change advent calendar really stood out to me as an incredibly innovative way of giving back during the festive season”.

Advent of Change has also secured a number of exciting endorsements from household names such as Sir Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley OBE, Greg James, and Lawrence Dallaglio OBE.

This year, the Founder, 27-year-old Kristina Salceanu, hopes to more than double the amount raised last year, and help a total of 72 charities. She said:

“Advent of Change began with one simple idea: to give the gift of giving at Christmas. And that small idea has captured the imagination of so many people already, and we really do believe that this simple concept has the power to change the world. We’re a non-profit with a mission: to help make the world a more fair, equal and sustainable place.

We aim to create the world’s kindest products, and are delighted to announce more products that will support more charities for 2019. We are extremely proud to be representing Plastic Oceans UK with our Premium Advent Calendar”.

Plastic Oceans UK is delighted that individuals will be able to support the work of other charities focused on the areas of cancer research, biodiversity protection, women’s rights and many more. We know that caring is a sustainable resource; the more you care about one issue, the more you become a person concerned for the wellbeing of all individuals, environments and causes. Through our work in combatting plastic pollution, we’ve found ourselves impassioned about a vast range of social, environmental and political issues. We’re glad Advent of Change provides us with an opportunity to celebrate organisations making the world a better place in a multitude of ways.

Open up to change this year

The Premium Advert Calendar is available to buy online via the Advent of Change website and John Lewis & Partners, plus John Lewis and Waitrose stores across the country. The calendar costs £29.95, with over 80% of the sale price of this product going directly to charity – £1 going to each charity per calendar.