With the Holidays in full swing I find myself reflecting more and more on how I can give back to my community this time of year. It is so easy to get caught up in the commercialization that comes with the holiday season but reminding ourselves to take a step back and remember what this time of year means for many is so important.
I put together a list of companies that have made it their mission to give back, not just during the holiday season, but all year long.
You are buying gifts for your loved ones this time of year anyway, why not get the double benefit of giving back to your community as well?
10 COMPANIES THAT GIVE BACK WITH EVERY PURCHASE
EverMaya is a company that was founded early in 2015. They pride themselves on being a company that is built on the values of being socially conscious and honoring traditional artisanship all while being innovative and fashion forward. I love this company because a portion of every purchase is donated to Education for the Children, a school in Jocotenango, Guatemala which provides education, nutrition, healthcare, counseling, and career guidance to local children from disadvantaged upbringings. They also donate 5% of proceeds from “The Madeline” line of handbags, inspired by Madeline Stuart, to the National Down Syndrome Society.
Through Lunapad’s One4Her Partnership program every purchase provides pads for women and children in developing countries. This may seem small but one in 10 girls in Africa will miss school or drop out because of her period. A little goes much farther than you’d ever expect with this program. Check Lunapad out today!
No gift guide would be complete without one super-cute buy for the baby in your life. These booties, sold by Accompany, are handmade in Patagonia from natural materials. The female artisans behind the booties learn management skills and sustainable business practices as part of a model that has won international awards for design and social responsibility.
One Hope Wine
We obviously had to include wine on this list. What makes this wine so amazing is the mission behind this company. A glass of the Sonoma rosé, for example, can help educate women on the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Drink easy knowing that you have helped women all over the world learn more about their bodies and how they can keep themselves healthy.
St. Jude’s Giftshop
According to the St. Jude website, 100% of the profits (after all related expenses) aid St. Jude’s. The gift shop has everything from jewelry to clothing to home products. You can shop for various Christmas gifts knowing that the money you spend will be going back to children who rely on St. Jude’s for their health. Give the gift of a comfortable Christmas for many children this holiday season.
Grounds and Hounds
From the Grounds and Hounds website:
“In the spring of 2012, I unexpectedly stumbled upon a dog adoption operating on the side of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA. I was in no way planning, or prepared to adopt a rescue animal when I left the house that morning, but when a malnourished, brown and white, Dalmatian crawled into my lap, it was clear that I would be welcoming a new member to my family. She immediately became the center of my life and I cannot imagine a day without her.
Similar stories occur thousands of times each week, yet there is still a drastic shortfall of suitable homes and safe haven shelters for abandoned dogs. We strongly believe that every dog, young and old, deserves a second chance at a better life with a loving family.
Why coffee? Coffee is the drink of revolutions. Where coffee has come, change has followed. It has led to kings being overthrown, countries revolting against unjust rule and now it is time for coffee to revolutionize the way we treat our furry friends in need. I have loved coffee since I took my first sip on a cold Pittsburgh morning as a 12 year old. For the past 15 years, my passion for the perfect brew has led me to seek out amazing coffees all over the world. It really is a dream come true to be on the other side of the bag, bringing delicious, fresh roasted coffee to your home.”
Slum Love Sweaters
All of Slum Love’s products are ethically made in Kenya. Workers are paid fair wages and treated with respect. Facilities are visited on a regular basis and meet high ethical standards. They use natural, organic, and recycled materials, made in a carbon neutral factory that works to conserve the natural wildlife and environment in Kenya. They give back to a non-profit that provides high school scholarships to children living in one of the world’s largest slums.
The Starfish Project
The Starfish Project is dedicated to helping women get out of the harsh environment of sex-trafficking and giving them a job to get back up on their feet, education classes, counseling, and aiding their children as well. You receive a note with the delivery of your item from the woman who made the jewelry and how your purchase impacted her life.
From their website:
“100% of your Starfish Project purchase is reinvested into our social mission to restore hope to exploited women and girls. Your support allows Starfish Project to help exploited women experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers.”
S’well Water Bottles
S’well has one goal: to rid the world of plastic bottles. Over 200 billion plastic bottle are dumped into landfills each year. By giving a friend one of these and picking up one for yourself, you can do your part at preserving the environment without even having to think twice. They are a proud partner with UNICEF, (RED) and many other important charities. Bonus: They are the fastest growing woman-owned company in the country.
LSTN Sound Company
Each purchase of headphones, LIST’N provides hearing aides to people in need through their partner, Starkley Hearing Foundation. They aide people worldwide – they have helped more than 22,000 people in 9 countries thus far.