Holidays are here, and I’m already starting to think about all the Christmas shopping I want to do. In an effort to be a more responsible shopper, I did a little research this year on companies where my purchasing power can give back and actually do a little social good (and they sell really great/stylish products too)! And, just because I love y’all so much, here’s 15 companies I’d recommend you take a look at as you do your holiday shopping this year! (whether you’re shopping for others or, let’s be honest, maybe a new accessory for that holiday party you’ll be going to).
Shopping. Doing good. And you can do it all in your pajamas. Seriously, let’s get to it!
Set up an account in less than a minute, install the iGive button on your web browser, and then shop at 1,725 partnered stores from Amazon to Zumba and a percentage of your purchase will go to your designated charity (I’d recommend International Justice Mission).
Just like Amazon, but if you take 30 seconds to designate a charity and remember to start shopping smile.amazon.com, you can shop using your regular Amazon account and have a small percentage of your purchase to to your designated charity (I’d recommend Destiny Rescue).
This organization is near and dear to my heart after visiting their centers last summer in Thailand and Cambodia! Purchase jewelry, aprons, or bags made by girls rescued out of sex trafficking. You can also host a jewelry party in your home! Countries benefited include Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, and India.
Purchase really great coffee, and have 20% of profits go to local charities, or to fund microloans for coffee farmers around the world
An incredibly inspiring company making a great product that provides jobs for homeless women in Los Angeles. Shop their stylish selection of “key” jewelry hand stamped with inspiring messages.
Purchase a pair of socks and provide a pair of socks for someone in need. Mitscoots also provides jobs for homeless in Texas.
Purchase a bottle of body wash or shampoo and provide a month of clean drinking water. Purchase a bar of soap and provide a bar of soap for someone in need. Countries benefited include Haiti, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, USA, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, India, South Africa, and Zambia
www.soapboxsoaps.com (Also sold at Target!)
Shop super fashionable jewelry and accessories, support fair trade practices, and help benefit vulnerable women working in Mexico, Haiti, Guatamala, Ecuador, Peru, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Purchase sandals, footwear, or leather totes and handbags and help send a girl in Uganda to college.
Purchase beanies, apparel, and bags handmade in Peru and Uganda, and empower women in vulnerable communities to rise above poverty.
Purchase stylish jewelry and accessories and empower people in Uganda to rise above poverty.
Purchase fashionable umbrellas and fund a clean water well at a school in Africa.
$7 of each purchase, from apparel to accessories to art, is given to a different charity each week
For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair of shoes is donated to someone in need.
Choose your shirt/tank and your chest pocket that will be hand sewn on. Proceeds support women who are transitioning out of homelessness in Skid Row and other urban areas in Los Angeles, providing a place for them to belong and long term employment.
For an even more extensive list, check out this list of 150 companies where you can accomplish some social good with your purchasing power!