I have been really impressed with the outburst of companies and organizations with BIG HEARTS to help the world. I am really excited about this blog post because I have put together a Christmas Gift giving Guide with companies that not only offer amazing products, but also give back to a charity or great cause too. SO maybe when we are choosing gifts for our loved ones this year… we can consciously choose gifts that also help the world.
I know there are sooo many companies that do this right now….companies that I have never heard of. If you know any more cool ones…Can you add/link more in the comment section? This post could be an amazing resource to help change the world one christmas present at a time.
1// 31 BITS
Each piece of the 31 bits jewelry is handmade by one of 63 women in Uganda, using 100% recycled paper and other local materials. 31 Bits is committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from their program and attained a sustainable means of income within her own community. Check out the partnership with Reef.
2// PURE DKNY
Donna Karan’s Pure DKNY fragrance is part of a collaborative project with CARE proceeds from this particular fragrance goes to help over 1,000 women in Uganda break the cycle of poverty by helping them with education and jobs.
3// FALLING WHISTLES
Falling Whistles gives a small window into our world’s largest war. Originally just a journal written about boys sent to the frontlines of war armed with only a whistle, readers forwarded it with the same kind of urgency in which it was written and demanded to know –”What can we do?” The Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response – Make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo. Read the story and buy the whistle. Proceeds go to rehabilitate and advocate for war-affected children. Share their story and speak up for them.
4// TOMS SHOES
With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS Shoes will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. They are using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good. SOO COOL!
5// PLYWOOD PEOPLE
A simple over the shoulder bag for the city made with 100% reclaimed materials. This plywood good is made with reclaimed and recycled billboard materials by Guatemalan urban artists. A percentage of profits will enable the creation of new homes for Mayan widows.
6// PROJECT 7
For every purchase of a Project 7product (coffee, gum, mints or water), some good is done in seven areas of need – Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth. They aren’t asking you to buy more stuff, just change the products that you already buy.
7// GIFT CARD GIVER
WE all have gift cards that are unused in our wallets, so why not donate them to Gift Card Giver to help someone in need this Christmas? I love this company, not only because it helps people, but also because these people were thinking creatively and outside of the box.
9// WORLD OF GOOD
This Recycled Collection has cute 3-pocket pouches that are made from recycled rice and feed bags. STOPstart employs women who have been rescued out of trafficking and severe abuse and provides good-paying jobs with an opportunity for a bright future.
10// CHARITY WATER
at Mycharitywater you can run, bike, hike, give up birthdays or christmas presents to help raise money to fund water projects for communities in need. 100% of the money you raise will go directly to people in need and in 12-18 months, you’ll see the proof of the projects built using photos and GPS.