Shopping For a Cause: Companies That Give Back

While I love spotlighting the latest trends available in stores and on the runway, I think it’s also important to remember we can use our money to make an impact – and still look fashionable in the process! Today, I’ve gathered a list of companies that aim donate a portion of their proceeds to various causes. Many of them are close to my heart. If there are any other brands you would like to share, please do so in the comments and I’ll try to include them in a future post!

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Out of Print

As a bookworm, Out of Print immediately appealed to me with the literary-inspired designs (yes, they have classics like “Great Gatsby” and “1984”…but they also have one of my childhood favorites, “Harry the Dirty Dog”!). But their mission is more impressive: proceeds help literacy programs by sending books to communities in need.

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Rescued Wine

This company combines two of my favorite things: animal rescue and wine. Rescued Wine develops soy candles in repurposed wine bottles. Proceeds from these candles benefit animal rescue groups. These candles will burn for 60 to 80 hours and Rescued Wine also makes scented organic soaps. My personal favorites on their website are the Mimosa and the Palm Sangria candles, though the Scratch and Sniff one sounds like a nice clean blend too.

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tentree

tentree aims to make a positive change on the environment. For every item purchased, ten trees are planted. What’s awesome about this company though is that you can actually see where “your” trees were planted with their “tree registry” program – showing directly how you helped make a difference, while also sporting some cool clothing.

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Trades of Hope

I learned about Trades of Hope after seeing a Facebook post from a high school classmate. Ashley joined this company as a consultant (or as Trades of Hope refers to it, a “compassionate entrepreneur” – which I think sounds pretty cool and sums up her role very nicely) with a desire to help women living in poverty worldwide. Trades of Hope works with a variety of artisans – women that were victims of human trafficking, individuals living in war-torn countries or those suffering from AIDS – to provide an income and help give them a better life. The pieces available are beautiful, make sure to take a look at the huge selection of jewelry, handbags, accessories and home decor! If you’d like more information – or would be interested in hosting a party – please contact Ashley. I can personally attest that she has a wonderful caring heart – I highly recommend both this company and working with her!

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R. Riveter

R. Riveter was featured on “Shark Tank” earlier this year, which is how I learned about them. This company aims to create products made by military wives – providing career opportunities for women across the country that are forced to move frequently due to their husband’s military service. Their items (there are many different products!) are handmade and extremely durable.

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Ivory Ella

Elephants have always been one of my favorite animals. Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures are in constant danger due to the illegal ivory trade. Ivory Ella wants to change that. They have partnered with Save the Elephants to donate proceeds of their sales. Once you take a look at their selection, you’ll find it impossible to resist purchasing their colorful apparel! I certainly have my eye on the Tie-Dye Ombre Classic Tee and the Classic Fit Berry Paisley Tee.

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The Elephant Pants

Similar to Ivory Ella, The Elephant Pants also wants to help elephant conservation efforts. While this company produces a variety of products, they are best known for their harem pants. I cannot get over how comfy these look and cannot wait to order a pair! Definitely check out their “starter kit” package if you’d like to get the best value – it includes a pair of pants and two accessories of your choice.

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WeWOOD

WeWOOD is a company that creates eco-friendly watches made out of recycled wood. This company originated in Italy and received considerable press (they appeared in Vogue Italia!). Since expanding worldwide, they have a variety of watch styles and also an eyewear line. In addition to being eco-friendly, WeWOOD plants a tree for every watch sold.

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Grounds & Hounds

When I saw the following quote on Grounds & Hounds’ website, I knew I’d love their company: “There is only one thing more enjoyable than a fresh-brewed cup of coffee in the morning, and that is to see a dog’s wagging tail when you roll out of bed.” Grounds & Hounds produces coffee sourced from Fair Trade-certified cooperatives. 20% of the proceeds from each sale is donated to an animal rescue organization located near the customer. There’s a wide variety of blends available for coffee-lovers, along with a huge selection of other products. Best of all, they also offer subscription plans if you need your caffeine delivered on the regular!

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Warby Parker

Warby Parker might be the most recognizable name on this list. This company has become extremely popular in recent years for providing fashionable, yet affordable eyewear. Their “Home Try On” program is what caught the attention of many customers (because it’s hard to order glasses online without knowing how they’re going to look, am I right?), Warby Parker has since begun opening retail store locations across the United States. Even though this company is already awesome for their affordable eyewear, what’s even better is that they give a pair of glasses to someone in need for every single pair sold. Warby Parker estimates that there are currently 703 million people worldwide without access to eyewear. For these individuals, a pair of glasses can increase productivity by 35% and monthly income by 20%. Make sure to check out this company next time you’re in need of eyewear!

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Pure Vida

Pure Vida was founded by two college friends that took a graduation trip to Costa Rica and befriended local artisans. These friends brought hundreds of bracelets home to sell at a local boutique – after seeing their inventory quickly sell out, they realized they had the opportunity to found a company that would not only sell a beautiful product but also help those artisans they met who were living in poverty. Pure Vida bracelets are all handcrafted in Costa Rica and provide jobs for the individual workers. As the company has grown, they have introduced special “charity bracelets” that donate proceeds to various organizations.

 

 

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Freelance writer. Equestrian. Fueled by coffee. Lover of luxury fashion, college football and used bookstores.

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