It’s pretty easy to be a bit of a Negative Nancy about the idea of business. It’s all about corporate greed and making profit and exploiting people, right? While there are certainly some less-than-desirable business models out there, there are also plenty of nice people doing nice stuff – and those are the ones we like to talk about here!
When I first stumbled across FRANK stationery, I was perving through one of my favourite websites, The Good Design Store. I saw some of their almost-illegally-cute exercise books and notebooks and immediately thought, “I must own these”. Since they were on The Good Design Store site I knew they must have been “good” products, but I wanted to know more. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that FRANK is so much more than a stationery company. For every piece of stationery they sell, they donate the same item to a child in need. How perfect.
Education is far from free in New Zealand. For low income families, the cost of school supplies can be an overwhelming burden. Books, stationery, uniforms – none of it comes cheap! Every child deserves to get the most out of their education, which is a crucial tool for lifting people out of poverty. FRANK helps those who struggle to access these important resources by donating supplies to low decile schools. It’s altruism at its finest, and we can all learn a lot from it!
Recycled wood pencils = A+ (available in HB and colour!)
I don’t study anymore, so I don’t exactly have the “need” for cute stationery. I still like to have journals and notebooks around me because I like to write ideas down when they come to me, or draw little pictures and funny doodles. It’s something that I’ve always done and is a habit that has helped me grow creatively, and just develop as a person. All people, especially kids who have endless imagination and potential, should have access to these tools. That’s what FRANK is providing, and it is really important and special. Now whenever I fill up a journal I know exactly where to buy my next one, and someone in need gets something out of it too.
My current FRANK journal!
To learn more about how FRANK gives back to our communities, you can check out their website, blog and YouTube videos. You can also find them on Facebook – Go give them a like and tell them how cool they are.
Images taken from http://www.frankstationery.com
To read more about child poverty in New Zealand visit https://www.unicef.org.nz/learn/our-work-in-new-zealand/Child-Poverty-in-New-Zealand