43 episodes

The Kindness Economy explores the new values driving businesses and the fundamental role they must play in our lives. Each episode, hear Mary talk best practice with inspiring business leaders as they explore this exciting new value system. Think People, Planet, Profit – in that order.

The Kindness Economy Mary Portas

    • Business
    • 4.4 • 782 Ratings

The Kindness Economy explores the new values driving businesses and the fundamental role they must play in our lives. Each episode, hear Mary talk best practice with inspiring business leaders as they explore this exciting new value system. Think People, Planet, Profit – in that order.

    Repairing clothes and communities, with Patrick Grant, Community Clothing

    Repairing clothes and communities, with Patrick Grant, Community Clothing

    Patrick Grant knows that fashion has the potential to be about far more than the clothes we wear: from supporting disadvantaged communities to the ultimate anti-dote to throwaway consumerism.  And he’s working at many levels of the industry to put these ideas into practice: from the Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons to the social enterprise Community Clothing - which works with factories in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. 
    He’s also helped inspire thousands to reconnect with the increasingly lost art of making and repairing clothes – through his work as a judge on the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee and as the driving force behind The Big Community Sew which saw thousands volunteer to make Covid masks. 
    Join Mary as she talks to Patrick about the huge potential that fashion has for creating a positive impact.
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    • 35 min
    Rewriting the rules, with Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder

    Rewriting the rules, with Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder

    Dale Vince isn’t your average entrepreneur.  After leaving school at 15, he spent ten years living off grid in buses, trucks and underneath tarpaulin. 
    In 1996 he founded Ecotricity with one windmill in Gloucestershire. The company now employs over 600 people and supplies green energy to 117,000 homes. 
    He’s also chairman of Forest Green Rovers - the world’s first vegan and UN-certified carbon neutral football club. And his most recent launch is Sky Diamond – sustainable gems created by taking carbon out of the atmosphere.
    Dale’s work is inextricably linked with his values. Join Mary as she talks to him about what inspired him to carve his unique path.
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    • 43 min
    Using business to save the planet, with Beth Thoren, Patagonia

    Using business to save the planet, with Beth Thoren, Patagonia

    When Yvon Chouinard became a member of the Southern California Falconry Club in 1953, he was taught how to abseil down cliffs to view the birds’ nests and it sparked a lifelong love of climbing and the outdoors. Twenty years later he founded the clothing company Patagonia. Today it’s a billion-dollar business whose mission statement reads: “We’re in business to save our home planet.” Patagonia is at the forefront of a host of initiatives from recycling to renewable energy. It gives money to grassroots environmental non-profits, repairs garments and supports 64,000 workers through Fair Trade. 
    They publish films and books, fund environmentally and socially conscious start-ups, campaign and innovate in organic and regenerative farming practices. Patagonia is a living, breathing embodiment of a values-driven business.
    In this episode, Mary talks to Patagonia’s environmental action and initiatives director Beth Thoren about the brand’s vision for the future - and just how critical good business is to the fight to save the planet.
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    • 39 min
    Creating a truly inclusive beauty brand, with Simi Lindgren, founder of Yuty

    Creating a truly inclusive beauty brand, with Simi Lindgren, founder of Yuty

    FOR a long time, the world of beauty was stuck in the old ways of perfume counter selling, excess packaging – and those giveaway foundation samples in magazines that only ever came in some shade of peach. As a teenager of Nigerian heritage, Simi Lindgren felt invisible when she opened up those samples.
    But last year she founded online beauty marketplace Yuty that has radical inclusivity at its heart. 
    It uses AI to take into account everything from a shopper’s skin type to facial formation to make truly personal recommendations.
    Every product on the site also meets strict standards on ethics, cruelty and sustainability. 
    With investor and consumer interest growing in sustainable - and in particular beauty - brands, Yuty has just secured £500,000 in pre-seed funding.
    Join Mary as she chats with Simi about tech, representation and pushing boundaries in the beauty industry.
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    • 34 min
    Developing healthy food relationships with Mark Cuddigan, CEO of Ella's Kitchen

    Developing healthy food relationships with Mark Cuddigan, CEO of Ella's Kitchen

    Ella’s Kitchen is a lot more than a baby and toddler food company. Its core mission is to improve children’s lives by developing healthy relationships with food. 
    But it’s also a B Corps - which means it takes its responsibilities to people and the planet very seriously. It lobbies on company tax rules. It donated over 900,000 food pouches during the pandemic. 
    Ella’s Kitchen faces challenges, however – not least the fact that their products are packaged in single-use plastic. There’s also, as we know, the constant debate about just how healthy food pouches are. 
    Join Mary as she talks to CEO Mark Cuddigan about his vision for the company – and his work to ensure that all businesses put people and the planet alongside profit.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 33 min
    How sports can help save the planet, with Michael Doughty, Hylo

    How sports can help save the planet, with Michael Doughty, Hylo

    More than three billion people watched the last World Cup final. The reach–and potential impact–of sport is almost limitless. But while social issues are increasingly creating a stir in sport, the environment isn’t yet making quite such an impact. Michael Doughty wants to change all that. A former professional footballer, he’s co-founder of Hylo athletics–renewable, carbon-negative and recyclable trainers–and is on a mission to put considerations for the planet at the heart of the conversation around sport.
    But does Michael think football–and the love of consumerism that still often drives it-will ever really fully embrace the environmental message? And how does a start-up put ideas and values into practice in the early days of business?
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
782 Ratings

782 Ratings

Gallerista ,

Some good ideas discussed in lively fashion

I tuned in to this podcast to hear Mary talk to Amanda Levete. Did so during my daily darning.
Kept me well engaged and then listened to the podcast about Donut Economics. Will keep listening for new approach to problem solving

elky46 ,

Totally inspiring

I am besotted with this podcast and Mary Portas in general. People, profit, planet, Couldn’t agree more. Every episode has so many gems of wisdom and particularly love Mary’s personal stories, she has had so much valuable experience and wish everyone thought like this. Thank you Mary

QueenDouchebag ,

Wouldn’t recommend

For a show supposedly about kindness they really missed the mark with this one

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