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From Surplus Collaborations to Sustainable Vitamins

 - Jul 29, 2013
This top list of gifts by social businesses attests to the idea that social entrepreneurs tend to operate like other competitive businesses -- or at least try to. For instance, social enterprises with a product (more so than a service, at times) market the gift-ability of their goods in an effort to spread the word about what they have, that is, get more people to buy and, thus, know about the business at large.

Some of these examples operate on a model that has gifting at its core. For instance, in Paris, France, Agence du Don en Nature takes products that would likely be tossed and gives it away as a way to tackle waste and encourage sharing. From surplus collaborations to sustainable vitamins, these gifts by social businesses don't exactly operate in tune to the song of the gift economy. But some try.