The next two months may become a blur filled with good food, good friends, gifts and lots of shopping, but you can make a few of your purchases count this season by purchasing from brands that give back.
People always talk about how TOMS Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, but other brands are diving into this charitable business model as well. Check out these seven retail brands that give back with every purchase.
Mashable.com named Sevenly “America’s most social small business,” and for good reason. Every week, Sevenly highlights a new cause or charity partner, passionately promotes them for seven days, and creates unique Cause Art apparel to raise funding for them. For that week, every Cause of the Week item donates $7 or 7% to that partner. All other Sevenly goods donate 7% to the featured cause or past charity partners.
Inkkas, a Brooklyn-based footwear brand with a knack for craftsmanship, is engaged in a fight against deforestation and environmental degradation. Every pair of Inkkas sold results in a donation to Trees for the Future, a flagship organization in the fight against deforestation. They are currently crowdfunding to expand the Inkkas store from a pop-up shop to a brick and mortar site, so be sure to check it out and donate.
Warby Parker is an American brand of prescription glasses and sunglasses that was founded to create an alternative to expensive eyewear boutiques. Warby Parker strives to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price, but that’s not all. Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Krochet Kids is a non-profit organization that works with highly vulnerable women who live in poverty-stricken regions of the world. The brand works with the women of Northern Uganda and Peru, employing them to create apparel, which in turn provides women with a job so they can meet the present needs of their family. This model is a proven success, increasing their income by 10x, reducing their physical abuse risk by 40%, and increasing gender equality by 25%.
Musana is an accessory brand that also employs impoverished women. Musana’s employment and education program allows their artisans to provide their children with a stable home, nutritious food, medical care and an education, so with every purchase you are supporting this model.
Parker Clay founders, Ian and Brittany Bentley, wanted to help mothers who were being lured into prostitution as a way of supporting themselves and their families. Parker Clay, named after two of the founders’ children, partners with the non-profit Women at Risk to help women in Ethiopia. With every apparel or accessories purchase, Parker Clay sends one Ethiopian woman through a prostitution prevention training program.
Love For Humanity Organics
Love For Humanity is an organic skin care brand made in the United States. With every skincare purchase, Love For Humanity provides a meal for a starving child in the United States through Feed The Children, which helps the 16 million kids in America that struggle with hunger.