While shopping may be Carrie Bradshaw’s version cardio, did you know that you could use your dollars to help those in need and support socially conscious businesses?!
Whether it’s giving a portion of sales/product away, or establishing fair trade environments for artists in impoverished situations, these 10 rad companies are giving back with every sale. That means it’s time to dust off the ol’ credit card and get to spending for the good!
(PS– if you know if any more companies that should be on the list, please list them in the comments below)
1. The Citizenry— invest 10% of proceeds back into artisan communities through entrepreneur development grants. Products from from artists who have fair wages and safe working environments.
2. Soko— use technology to connect marginalized artisans to a new world of consumers, allowing them to expand their business horizons and entrepreneurial prospects.
3. Fashionable— creates sustainable business opportunities, both locally and globally, for women who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity.
4. Moorea Seal— donates 7% of all proceeds towards non-profits. Charities are rotated so that your purchases will go to a variety of causes.
5. Krochet Kids— a non-profit that works with highly vulnerable women in Northern Uganda and Peru. They provide them with assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Each item is signed by the maker.
6. Parker Clay— each sale, because they’ve partnered with the non-profit Women at Risk, helps to lift women out of prostitution in Ethiopia by providing them with jobs and education.
7. Thrive Market— a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver healthy food and natural products to members. A free membership is given to low-income American families for every signup.
8. Sseko— uses fashion to create opportunity for women globally. They provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women in Uganda who are working to pursue their dreams and overcome poverty as well as jobs to women in the U.S.
9. Local + Lejos— a home goods company that hand curates goods (what you can buy) while providing steady employment and empowering women in the developing world.
10. Noonday Collection— they partner with developing artisan businesses through fair trade and empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.