The easiest way to show your solidarity is to ‘buy social’. Every euro you spend on the products of an impact enterprise helps them keep doing what they do best: positive change through business.
Luckily, Amsterdam-based entrepreneurs are finding creative and collaborative ways to cope with the corona situation. Amsterdam Impact has compiled an overview of the special discounts, gift packages and delivery boxes offered by many of the impact entrepreneurs on its conscious shopping routes.
In Amsterdam Oost
50/50 Reshare Store has reopened its doors to welcome everyone who wants to create an affordable ‘new’ outfit from quality second-hand clothing and accessories.
Instock’s rescued produce is part of Support Your Locals food and borrel boxes alongside Brandt & Levie (sausages), MOMA (dairy), Bakkerij Mama (bread), Lindenhoff (veggies) and more. Your delivery is emission-free thanks to Tring Tring and E-Bakkie.
Het Faire Oosten’s warehouse (think 350 m2 stocked with sustainable products) is open. You can also purchase a gift card or get their package deals online - including a ‘stay healthy’ set of ginger concentrate and honey from Amsterdam.
Dignita Hoftuin is asking people to purchase gift cards they can use once it reopens
Beter & Leuk is selling gift cards - to be used once the café fully reopens. Order yours via email or through the #helpdehoreca platform. Home delivery or pickup of your favourite vegan dishes is still possible.
In Amsterdam Zuid
Ctaste’s dining in the dark experience will come back on 2 June. Get ready to feel and taste your way through a three-course menu served by highly-trained blind and partially sighted servers.
De Pits sandwiches, soups and salads are available for pickup or delivery and make for a wonderful lunch.
Studio JUX is offering a 20% discount on gift cards and sustainable homewares to brighten up your living space or refresh your wardrobe. You can also make a donation to support the tailors at the brand’s fair factory in Nepal, which is temporarily closed.Happy Tosti is open for takeaway and also offers cheerful gift cards for you to spend on their tasty grilled sandwiches.
Broer & Zus is available for online orders of their sustainable and fair trade children’s clothes and accessories.
In Amsterdam Zuidoost
In Amsterdam Nieuw-West
YERBAThuis helps you indulge in its plant-forward dishes from home.
De Fruittuin van West’s organic shop and orchard are open from Tuesday to Sunday and ready to welcome all pick-your-own fans.
In Amsterdam Noord
Recycle Kid is now open from Monday to Friday and eager to satisfy your need for second-hand children’s clothing.
Café de Ceuvel is offering take-away such as yummy curries via the Boeren en Buren platform. You can also invest in future fun by the waterside: purchase a voucher that stays valid until the 31st of December.
Purmer, a quaint neighbourhood meeting place with vintage furniture and a coffee corner, is open for limited hours from Monday to Saturday.
In Amsterdam Centrum
Fashion for Good, the world’s first interactive museum for sustainable fashion innovation, will reopen on 1 June. Learn how your clothes were made and discover game-changing developments that are shaping the future of style.
Sukha is ideal for getting an eco-friendly, handmade wool scarf or cardigan to complete your ‘work from home’ or ‘brisk walk around the block’ outfits.
BrandMission’s fair, organic fashion items and gift cards can still be bought online. You can also get a 20% discount on trendy and sustainable Veja sneakers. Need inspiration for your next look? Make use of the free online styling service.
In Amsterdam West
Iambe has reopened its doors, so go get your favourite baked goods while keeping a safe distance, of course!
LENA Fashion Library has temporarily closed its physical location, but is available online. To encourage you to ‘support your locals’, LENA teamed up with La Nonette and Monsak for gift boxes and several vouchers you can use post-crisis.
Want even more discounts and delivery options?
For an overview of ‘corona discounts’ offered by impact enterprises across the Netherlands, see Social Enterprise NL’s ongoing list (in Dutch).
If you need home delivery, check out this list of Impact Hub Amsterdam members who bring goods to your doorstep.
Social procurement: ‘buy social’ as an organisation
Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme, develops initiatives such as Buy Social events in collaboration with Social Enterprise NL. These events connect impact enterprises to buyers from larger companies and organisations.
Purchasing from impact enterprises can help you achieve your impact goals in areas ranging from sustainable food to inclusive labour. Although our Buy Social events are currently postponed, you can visit the online Buy Social market.
Does your enterprise need support from the government?
The government is taking measures to help companies affected by the coronavirus. Read this extensive FAQ compiled by the Dutch government, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KvK) and the Netherlands enterprise agency (RVO). The FAQ covers financial difficulties, taxes, employees, international businesses, and freelancers (ZZP).
Are you an entrepreneur based in Amsterdam? The City of Amsterdam is also taking action to support businesses and freelancers in dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus. Go here for these local measures. And check out the municipality’s own FAQ (in Dutch) on the national-level measures.