Zurich is offering the Leo’s Box green shopping subscription for a year, as an employee benefit, here’s the word;
Following a first of its kind collaboration with 18-year-old ecopreneur Lysander Bickham, Zurich UK has launched its first ‘green benefit’ for employees, subsidising a new subscription service for staff who want to buy environmentally friendly products. The collaboration, which goes live this month, means that Zurich will be covering the standard subscription fee for the next 12 months for all 4,500 permanent employees, enabling them to enjoy a monthly supply of sustainable home and beauty products at reasonable prices.
This not only gives people access to planet protecting products, some employees will be lucky enough to receive a Zurich funded gift voucher next month so they can enjoy the products completely free of charge.
Lysander Bickham founded his business three years ago aged just 15, quickly securing B-Corp accreditation. This made him the youngest person in the world to successfully navigate this process, putting his business firmly on the eco-map. His strategy was always to grow sustainably as a priority, financially was a secondary objective.
Leo’s Box, which according to Companies House is not run by Bickham and doesn’t feature him as a Director, stands for Love Earth’s Oceans, offers a wide range of genuinely sustainable goods, from beauty right through to cleaning products. Lysander and his team buy in bulk directly from the product makers and pass the savings onto customers. All merchandise is assessed against the most stringent environmental standards through Leo’s Box. Throughout the year Leo’s Box will be supporting One Tree Planted and Ocean-focused charity Plastic Oceans.
Leo’s Box was set up to fight the war on waste and protect the planet by reducing single use plastics and the use of toxic chemicals. The membership delivers flexibility and offers savings on sustainable products to match or beat non-sustainable supermarket alternatives.
Lysander Bickham said: “Building my business directly with consumers was going to take a considerable investment in SEO and marketing to create real traction. By linking with brands such as Zurich UK, I can still hold true to my business values whilst helping people with the small nudges that help them to live more sustainably. Research shows that consumers really want to do their bit to help but factors such as price and general understanding is a barrier to entry.”
Mark Budd, Head of Innovation Zurich UK comments: “There are hundreds of ways businesses can be sustainable and it’s all these small efforts that add up. We really want to both help and educate our employees to live more sustainably and make it part of everyday life. People may not consider the damage their cleaning or beauty products are doing to the planet, so we really want to help. This, coupled with our passion to work with innovative challenger brands made our collaboration with Lysander the perfect match for our business values and journey.”
Lysander has worked with Zurich in various forms for the past two years. He was part of our 2020 cohort of young influencers at our Youth Against Carbon conference alongside Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng MP. Following a panel submission, he was also awarded a £2,500 bursary to invest in marketing and communications for his business. This also led to Lysander receiving business mentoring with various experts across Zurich UK.