It seems like every day, someone is blocking you on the sidewalk or spamming your email asking for your support for some cause or charity, and in that moment, it seems so easy to just pass them by and continue running to your pilates class (that you’re of course late for).
New charities are popping up daily, all needing our signature and support. Where do we even start?
We’ve been talking to some pretty awesome people who are making that decision easier for us, by combining shopping and contributing. Yes, they’ve done it, they’ve literally made shopping a Good Deed. And since no one wants to sport just one outfit…ugh we mean…support just one charity, we’ve built a list of the best brands to help you complete your Spring shopping, all while giving back!
1. ✌🏼Dolores Haze✌🏼 - Planned Parenthood
As the weather slowly (or sporadically) heats up (#globalwarming), our florescent pink pussy hats are inevitably going to become impractical to wear on a daily basis. Not to worry! Support the cause year ‘round with the Feminist Gold Necklace from Dolores Haze. Not only is this adorable necklace a walking declaration for equal treatment for woman, but 10% of the proceeds from these necklaces will go directly to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood provides sexual education and healthcare services to Women, men and adolescents across the country.
2. STATE Bags
Founding couple Scot and Jacq created a simple but powerful one-for-one concept with the backpack - every backpack sold results in a fully stocked backpack being donated to an American child in need. One-for-one is not a new concept, but this Brooklyn brand does so much more. Through countless initiatives and events run by their teams of “PackMen” and “PackWomen”, they have made it their mission to tackle the hard issues that often prevent children from reaching their full potential.
Why backpacks? STATE Bags pledges to be a brand that will not only supply the materials needed for a child to find success, but also to always have their backs. JUST TAKE OUR MONEY ALREADY!
We’ve all heard the adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This is the mentality behind the brand, Soko.
Rather than the classic ‘one-for-one’ or the ‘percentage of proceeds’ models, Soko has instead used technology to connect marginalized artisans with the global consumer through the use of cell phones and software, integrating them with the production chain.
What is so genius about Soko is that the company has already done the charitable act before even reaching the consumer, resulting in the consumer shopping experience founded on an ‘ethical’ practice by default, without sacrificing design or price point.
The collection boasts beautiful jewelry, all reasonably priced, and that’s before you consider the fact that they’re ethically produced. Our pick is the Kili Stud Earring Set for only $54 – they’ll make you feel insanely cool inside and out.
Sackcloth & Ashes is a newer brand to the market founded in June of 2014 by Bob Dalton. When Bob discovered that his mother had been left homeless and forced to sleep on beaches and benches across the country, it left him with a realization: “Not all choose to become homeless - some just need a second chance.” He began reaching out to shelters and discovered that a popular item that is often in short supply is blankets, and Sackcloth & Ashes was born.
For each blanket sold, Sackcloth & Ashes will donate one to a local shelter. From Alpaca to Microfiber, they offer any type and style that you’re looking for, and even if you aren’t in the market for one, their perfect instagram is sure to convince you otherwise! If it were us we’d be snuggled up in one of those Tribal Turquoise babies right now.