When Spending and Compassion Collide
Okay, I'll admit it, I love shopping. Finding that perfect top that makes you feel like a 10, or buying a pair of sunglasses that make you feel cool and mysterious... it's exciting! Even if you don't shop very often, most of us feel refreshed after changing up our wardrobes a little. At POINT, we asked- what if new clothes and accessories could not only make you feel good, but actually do good?
There are some amazing brands out there that use their products to satisfy our wants while meeting the needs of people all over the globe. Socially-conscious brands are becoming a lot more common, and I've compiled a list of some of my favorites for you all. The next time you go on a spending spree, check these guys out!
Serengetee is a clothing company featuring products ranging from tees to hats to accessories that are all made with fair-trade fabric from around the globe. Each fabric is paired with a charity that works in the region the fabric was sourced, and 5% of each purchase goes to support that charity. So not only are you rocking a sweet pocket tee, but you can feel good knowing that the artisans were paid a fair wage and your purchase supports their rest of their community. Plus, if you follow them on social media, you can enter their Fan of the Week contests to win store credit ;)
If you want inspirational slogan tees that support a new cause each week in a kind of "flash-sale" style, this is a great site. A portion of every purchase, $7 to be exact, goes to support their cause of the week. They introduce new designs, what they call "cause-art" for each of the organizations they support. Charities featured span tons of different need areas, from 4 Paws for Ability (provides service dogs to children suffering from seizures), to Autism Speaks, to First Descents (gives young cancer survivors free outdoor adventures) and everything in between.
For the more playful POINTers out there, we have Tegu. They build children's toys from magnetic wooden blocks, and they aim to inspire creativity and confidence in young kids. They own an independent factory in Honduras that pays workers a living wage, and they partner with a local school to give local children access to education. Additionally, they strive to be sustainable- they plant 983 trees (yes, really) for every 1 that they cut down in their production process.
With each dollar we spend, we tell the business world what we value. Believe me, they take note. Buying from brands that give back makes it so easy to help others around the world.
If you're spending a few dollars anyway, why not let a couple of them go to helping change the world?