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11 Stores that Give Back to Charity
Consumers are choosing to vote with their pocketbook. This trend is especially popular amongst Millennials who want to make a positive impact in the world. Brands are noticing and focusing on their corporate social responsibility.
Below is a list of 11 socially responsible e-retailers that sell stylish clothing and accessories.
Pawz is an online apparel retailer that donates 10% of all profits to help save animals in need. In the United State, 3.7 million homeless dogs are put down each year at a rate of 1 every 7 seconds. The Pawz Shop has teamed up with the Humane Society and the Stark Humane project to prevent the euthanization of dogs in shelters around the world. They also offer education around euthanization and the types of dogs available for adoption through shelters. For example, purebred dogs make up 25% of shelter dogs.
Pawz offers a wide selection of men's and women's clothing including hoodies, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts, outerwear, and accessories. Their apparel comes in solid colors like pink, blue, teal, and purple along with various tie-dye patterns. They also sell leashes, collars, and car seatbelt for dogs.
2. THE HOME T
Are you looking for a way to display your hometown pride in your home decor or apparel? Look no further than The Home T. This company was started when the founder, Ryan, moved from North Carolina to New York City. He wanted a way to recreate the comforts of his home state in his new city of residence.
The Home T offers a variety of state-themed items including totes, hats, mugs, sweaters, pillows, and art. The Home T is most famous for their ridiculously soft t-shirts that were featured on the hit tv-show, Shark Tank. However, they also offer a range of products which are all made in the United State of America under rigorous quality standards.
Not only will you be supporting the national economy with your purchase, but you will also be aiding in the battle to cure multiple sclerosis because 10% of profits are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to advance research. In 2013, The Home T was honored with the NMSS' Cause Marketing Partner of the Year award for its efforts in helping them research multiple sclerosis.
3. FACT goods
The acronym FACT stands for Find A Cure Today. They are an online apparel store that raises money for research and awareness for cancer and other causes. The company was founded in 2017 by a pair of friends after one of them survived stage 4 lymphoma. They donate a quarter of proceeds to charities that are highly rated as ethical, such as Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Some of the causes they give to include Alzheimer's, Parkinson and spinal cord research. FACT goods offer t-shirts, hoodies, and accessories that display positive messages, like "Faith over Fear."
All of their designs fall under categories like love, hope, faith, and strength – things required to persevere through any of life’s challenges. FACT goods’ most popular products include women’s muscle tees and trucker hats for men. They also offer clothing and accessories with faith-based themes that can be used by any person regardless of their religious affiliation. Their motto is "be Inspired and help find a cure today".
4. Ivory Ella
Elephants never forget and you should remember Ivory Ella, an online retailer helping save these majestic creatures from extinction. Ivory Ella gets its name from Ella, a Kenya elephant who has captured the hearts of thousands.10% of every purchase will be donated to Save The Elephants, a non-profit animal conservation project. To this day, Ivory Ella has raised over $1.5 million for charities. Every piece of clothing that Ivory Ella creates has the image of an elephant on it.
They offer a range of apparel and accessories ranging from t-shirts, bottoms, stickers, popsockets, necklaces, and bracelets. The necklaces and bracelets come with interchangeable charms that consist of little elephants and letters. Elephants are quickly becoming extinct, and Ivory Ella is dedicated to saving as many of them as possible.
If you are looking for a cozy winter hat or breezy summer t-shirt, Love Your Melon has you covered with their leisure apparel that also gives back to those in need. The company began only selling hats and now offer baby, kids, women's and men's clothing and accessories. For each hat sold, Love Your Melon would donate a hat to charity. The concept caught fire and they have continued to scale the business ever since. Most Love Your Melon items are plain, solid colors with little to no writing. The company has been able to continue donating 50% of profits to pediatric oncology research like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Jude's Hospital. These foundations pay for the medical costs of sick children.
The Giving Keys mission is to empower homeless youth by helping them achieve employment. They do this by recruiting homeless people in Los Angeles to make the jewelry and accessories they sell. They use a metal housekey to symbolize their mission. The house key can be found on necklaces along with tags that read "believe", "love", "dream", "love", and "fearless". The company encourages customers to give their keys to other people who may need them more. If they do, they can tell their story on The Giving Keys website. The Giving Key line of jewelry and accessories can be found at high-end department stores like Nordstrom and Anthropologie.
Inspired by the culture and lifestyle of Costa Rica, these Pura Vida Bracelets are handmade in their country of origin. Pura Vida translates from Spanish to English as "pure life" and is a common phrase said on the tropical island that explains their attitude towards life. The company has expanded its selection of accessories to include rings and necklaces which have all been inspired by nature.
By purchasing Pura Vida jewelry, you are helping native Costa Ricans have a sustainable job that pays them fairly for their arts and crafts. Pura Vida also provides poor women with free material to make jewelry and then buy their designs off of them. However, most of the products are not made by people benefiting from the charity, therefore they also donate a % of profits to health and environmental causes around the world. Their focus is on helping women become economically independent and helping in the fight to cure cancer. The Pura Vida lifestyle has taken the world by storm because it reminds us to live every day to the fullest. Now we can be inspired while knowing that this jewelry purchase is making a difference in the lives of those in Costa Rica.
The medical industries are booming and will only keep growing with the aging Baby Boomer popular and the massive amounts of Millennials. FIGS offers stylish and comfortable medical scrubs top, pants, jackets and lab coats for regular, tall, and petite people in the health field. They also offer hoodies, fleeces, and socks for work and home. The company is based in Los Angeles and was created to replace ugly, bulky scrubs of yesteryear.
In total, FIGS has donated more than 75,000 scrubs to people in more than 33 countries and were recently recognized by the Best For the World for their philanthropic efforts FIGS inspires companies to think outside of profits and to give back using day-to-day essentials that medical and health professional need. At the same time, FIGS has taken the time to redesign scrubs into something that health professionals want to wear because of its comfort and aesthetics. Medical professionals dedicate their lives to helping others, FIGS helps them do it in comfort and style while empowering less privileged healthcare professional in countries outside the United States.
With Sevenly, you can support the socially responsible brands you love. As of March 2018, Sevenly has donated over $5 million from online sales. Each week, a different charity and cause are featured on their website. Normally, Sevenly donates $7 of each sale to charity. However, their Patriot Give Bag includes three t-shirts in a burlap back and more while giving 100% of proceeds to helping veterans in partnership with Hope For Warriors.
Popular categories include cancer, eating disorders, refugees, veterans, human trafficking, the environment, women, and children. Their headbands of hope are one of their trending collections along with their #peoplematter breakfast and coffee mugs. They also have a Givewater box that helps provide clean drinking water to people in third-world countries. Sevenly has stores around the world and is dedicated to helping the world through philanthropy.
10. Warby Parker
If you are looking for fashionable prescription glasses, but want to try them before you buy them, Warby Parker will ship you up to five pairs of frames for five calendar days with no additional shipping and handling fees. Basically, they are the Zappos of eyewear. Alternatively, frames can be tried on by uploading a selfie to the Warby Parker website and using their virtual tools to see how the eyeglass or sunglasses will look on your face. Not only will you end up with the best fitting eyeglasses, but Warby Parker will donate one pair of eyeglasses to people in developing countries in Asia and South America. VisionSpring is their partner in distributing the eyeglasses to those in need.
Based on the alpargata design native to Argentina, TOMS has created a functional line of sunglasses, shoes, and accessories. Alpargata is a canvas shoe with a light, plaited fiber on the sole that embodies a natural, earthy-feeling. TOMS offers animal cruelty-free shoes and handbags that are considered vegan. TOMS is also committed to the environment by continuing to lower their carbon footprint. For every item that is purchased, TOMS donates either an item or a percentage of sales to charities. For example, purchasing a pair of TOMS sunglasses will provide a full eye exam, glasses and medication for someone in need. If you buy coffee from TOMS, the proceeds will go to the countries where coffee is grown, like Colombia. They also offer suicide prevention funding and crisis counseling training when a high-road backpack is purchased.
It is crucial to the advancement of humans and the preservation of the environment, that people join forces to create a positive impact on the world. Now more than ever, people are choosing products that are made in ethical and sustainable ways along with companies that give back to the global community. The above companies will have you looking fresh, fly, and fancy-free while helping humanity.