I always feel much more inclined to buy something when I know that it’s going to be giving back. And I think this is the case for most people, but they don’t know where to start or how to find these products. So, I’ve rounded up a few products and companies that I very much admire. And just in time for the holidays!
- Vintage Alpaca Red Blanket (Sackcloth & Ashes)
- Peachy Keen Stack (Lily and Laura)
- Save More Elephants T-Shirt (JCrew for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust)
- Original Whistle (Falling Whistles)
- Tiny Gem Stone Rings (The Shine Project)
- Tropical Coral Pouch (The Little Market)
- Everly Fringe Necklace (31 Bits)
These companies are doing great things and have even more great products. (And just as an FYI – their insta games are very strong.)
For every blanket purchased from Sackcloth & Ashes, a blanket is sent to your local homeless shelter. I wouldn’t feel guilty a bit for Netflix and Chilling my Saturdays away wrapped up in a good deed.
LILY AND LAURA
Look good and feel good? Sign me up, please! Lily and Laura bracelets are made by female artisans in Nepal. And it’s a fair trade company! Music to my ears. I must admit that whenever I see these in a boutique, I buy a few to give to friends. Spreading the good karma one friend at a time.
Say what? One of my favorite stores gives back? Yep. You heard that right. JCrew is rocking some tees that save elephants! Are you swooning yet? Because I am. FIFTY percent of the retail price of the tee goes to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – aka some really cool people who’ve saved, rehabbed, and returned 190 orphaned elephants to the wild.
I received a whistle as a gift quite a few years ago and I’ve never loved a piece of jewelry more. Knowing that your gift has purpose gives it a whole new meaning. I wear it close to my heart just like the cause.
The idea for a turning a whistle into a necklace came from a little boy in the Congo. He regaled the Falling Whistle founder with the story of young boys caught in the midst of a war. Forced to fight, but not big enough to hold a gun, children are sent to the frontlines with only a whistle. Your purchase works toward peace. And works toward saving (and preventing) child soldiers.
THE SHINE PROJECT
The Shine Project employs students in need! These are young adults who want to learn but don’t have the financial resources to do so. The Shine Project – through Threads – employs students and teaches them all aspects of the retail business (from design, sales, events, customer service, etc.). They even give away scholarships. FORTY since 2011. I mean WHOA. Knowledge is power. And now your purchase has power.
THE LITTLE MARKET
The Little Market searches the globe for some of the best female artisans and they give them a platform to showcase their beautiful works. The products are all handmade and unique – you won’t find any of these guys in mass quantities. And they’re FAIR TRADE! When you buy one of their products you’re not only supporting the artist, you’re also supporting a community. (PS – If you watched Laguna Beach or The Hills, you’ll definitely love this – LC is a co-founder!)
Every piece from 31 Bits was handcrafted by artisans in Uganda and Indonesia. 31 Bits gives local artisans a global platform and by doing that – they are protecting the sacred cultural techniques employed to make the jewelry. The processes through which these beauts are crafted are traditional, time-honored techniques. And you can keep them alive and well. With every purchase, you’re safe guarding the artisans’ independence.
I’m always on the hunt for products that do good. Do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to try them out and give them a shout.