• November 4, 2018

    Five Impact Reports to Inspire You

    If you run a business with purpose, an Impact Report is likely in your future. Once the sole realm of non-profits, mission-driven businesses are now turning to Impact Reports to tell the whole story of their positive environmental, societal and economic impacts.

    An effective Impact Report requires collecting the right data, organizing a logical narrative and presenting those stories and data points in an engaging style — check out these five examples of outstanding Impact Reports to get inspired.

    Patagonia

    “At a time when our political system has failed to deliver for our planet, it’s up to businesses like ours to create positive change.”

    Patagonia, one of the leading brands of outdoor clothing for silent sports like hiking, climbing and skiing, has had a focus on sustainability and political activism since its formation in 1973.

    The firm’s annual Environmental + Social Initiatives report, called ‘The Cleanest Line’, delivers its message in a magazine-style format, with plenty of rich photography, infographics and in-depth articles. Topics include their B-corp score and their ‘Worn Wear’ program to resell, repair and recycle old clothing. The Cleanest Line is available as a digital mag and as a print piece in Patagonia stores.

    Also check out an example of their Annual Benefit Corp Report for more Impact Report inspiration.

    Get inspired — View the Patagonia Impact Report

    Planettera Foundation

    “We believe that tourism can be the greatest method of wealth distribution in the world, and we’re out to prove it.”

    The Planettera Foundation, based in Canada, helps develop sustainable, community-based tourism programs across the globe, with a focus on small businesses supporting women, youth, and Indigenous communities.

    The 2017 Planettera Impact Report takes a dive into the work of the foundation, with colorful photography that would be at home in an issue of National Geographic, as well as custom illustration and infographics.

    Get inspired — View the Planettera Impact Report

    New Belgium

    “Beer needs you, please join us”

    New Belgium have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly, socially responsible breweries in the US. They were the first B-corp brewery and are continually tweaking their operations to reduce their environmental impact.

    Being a sustainable brewery isn’t quite enough for New Belgium either, as their “beer needs you, please join us” motto implies, they freely share data and details on their triple-bottom-line focus to encourage other businesses to follow their lead.

    If eco-friendly, ethically produced beer that still makes a profit isn’t inspiring enough for you, take a peek at their simple, two-page Impact Report.

    Get inspired — View the New Belgium Impact Report

    Ideo.org

    “Ideo improves the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities through design”

    Ideo.org is the foundation arm of design firm IDEO, and they’ve made it their mission to use the power of design to make a dent in global poverty.

    Their projects have included designing new sanitary systems in Ghana; designing apps to improve financial literacy for teens and designing low cost sensors to help Burmese farmers improve crop yields.

    As you might expect from a design firm, their annual Impact Report is packed full of outstanding design too. Social enterprise stories are paired with custom illustration and infographics and bite-size chunks of copy for easy reading.

    Get inspired — View the IDEO Impact Report

    Danone

    “With our new company vision “One Planet. One Health”, we carry forward our mission to “bring health through food to as many people as possible” and our dual project for business success and social progress.”

    Danone North America recently became one of the largest ever B-corps —which considering Danone is the parent company for brands such as Evian, Activa, Silk and Volvic, and has over $6billion in annual revenue, is a pretty big deal.

    Danone’s environmental initiatives include an effort to reach 100% circular packaging and projects with farmers to reduce the environmental impact of their dairy operations.

    As a multi-billion dollar corporation Danone are also clearly able to sink a lot of resources into crafting an thorough Impact Report too. Take a wander around their annual report website for details of their social funds and environmental impacts, or download their magazine-style report.

    Get inspired — View the Danone Impact Report

    Looking to create an inspiring Impact Report for your purpose-driven business? Drop us an email at hello@prettylethaldesigns.com to discuss your project. www.prettylethaldesigns.com

  • October 26, 2018

    Six Stunning Examples of Top Shelf Cannabis Instagram Feeds

    While Twitter, Snapchat are shedding users and Facebook’s growth is stagnant, Instagram is one social platform that’s still steadily gaining. In June the platform hit one billion users and since cannabis legalization in Canada, there have even been murmurs that Facebook will drop its anti-cannabis policies that led to so many deleted profiles.

    So, as it’s now an ideal time to get serious about crafting a beautiful and engaging cannabis Instagram feed, here are a few of our favorite cannabis and edibles feeds to inspire you, and it just so happens, that they’re all curated by women!

    Sousweed

    Sousweed, based in San Francisco, is curated by food and cannabis photographer Monica Lo; which means it’s packed with beautifully lit photos of cannabis-oil infused dishes, desserts and appetizers. We love this feed as it delivers a different view of the cannabis industry and because of the careful and deliberate styling of every post!

    https://www.instagram.com/sousweed/

    Goodship

    Washington’s Good Ship Co describe themselves as ‘makers of damn fine edibles’. The company was founded by Jody Hall, recently named one of the ’50 Most Influential Women in Seattle’ and previously an owner of several cupcake bakeries and cafés. Good Ships’ Instagram feed features a food-first aesthetic with plenty of color, patterns and top-notch product photography.

    https://www.instagram.com/thegoodshipco/

    Explore Latitude

    Latitude’s feed is still in its early days but we love what they’re doing already. Their female-focused feed shares stories of women in the cannabis industry, from cultivators to activists, as an accompaniment to their digital and print publications.

    https://www.instagram.com/explorelatitude/

    Fragrant Possibilities

    Snapping shots of flower may be the ‘latte art’ equivalent of cannabis feeds, but photographer, LadyBud, takes it to the next level. Her feed features stunning hi-def, macro shots that bring out the true beauty of this plant.

    https://www.instagram.com/fragrant_possibilities/

    Van Der Pop

    Ven Der Pop, founded by April Pride, is an Canadian woman-centric cannabis accessories company, but rather than focusing on products in their instagram feed, they lean to cannabis education, advocacy and community. The feed blends custom illustrations with canna quotes and posts that highlight women in the industry.

    https://www.instagram.com/vanderpop/

    Pretty Lethal Designs

    Yep, we’re including our own Instagram feed in this list! The Pretty Lethal Designs feed is curated by founder and creative director Samantha Everett, and features original illustrations, cannabis branding tips and product images from our portfolio.

    https://www.instagram.com/prettylethaldesigns/

    Need help with your Instagram brand Strategy? Get in touch.

  • October 10, 2018

    #deets – Virgin Hotels

    The details make the difference. Get inspired by our favorite little brand details in our regular #deets series – this week featuring Virgin Hotels.

    When Virgin Hotels launched their first US hotel in Chicago, they made an effort to pack in unique features and amenities that no other hotel offered (like a pull-out dog bed and an app with room controls), but they didn’t just stop at the features, as they went all-out with the small brand details to surprise and delight customers. Before a stay guests can take an online survey to select their preference of goodies to stock the on-brand, letterbox red mini-fridge; humorous notes highlight the services of the cleaning staff (dust-bunny collectors) and room rugs are adorned with London Underground graphics.

    While these details won’t be the reason someone chooses to stay at the hotel, they help transform one-time guests, into loyal fans – the #deets make a difference!