TOMS Shoes is a company based in Santa Monica, California that operates on a simple premise—for every pair of shoes they sell, they give a pair to a child in need. They’ve given away over 1,000,000 pairs of shoes since 2006.
But TOMS isn’t the only place where your purchase can make a difference. Check out these other great opportunities.
Made By Survivors – These artisans are survivors of slavery and sex trafficking. They have achieved economic independence selling beautifully handcrafted items like handbags and intricately-beaded necklaces.
ONEHOPE Wine – ONEHOPE donates half of all their profits to charity. While each bottle is designated to a cause like breast cancer or autism, you also get to choose a portion to go to the charity of your choice.
Cards from Africa – Cards from Africa offers handmade cards and other paper items. Your purchase employs orphans of Rwandan genocide and disease. Most cards are $4.50 each, plus free shipping on all U.S. orders over $10.
World of Good – Visit eBay’s World of Good and shop by category or cause. Choose an item and scroll down to see “Your Purchase Impact.” Icons also identify eco and animal friendly products.
Kate Spade – Kate Spade and Women for Women International have handpicked items made by women from war-torn countries, and they are releasing a new line on International Women’s Day, March 8th. Also, shop winter sale items from their Hand in Hand collection.
Final Word – Sometimes a purchase is worth more than the money you spend if it goes to a good cause and you’re able to change a life for the better.