20 Gifts That Give Back

If you are looking for a meaningful gift then why not consider one of the following. These 20 companies not only sell thoughtful products but have also found ways to invest in causes and projects that improve either the quality of people’s lives or the environment, or in some cases both. What a delightful concept to buy a gift that to all intents and purposes gives twice. If you want to make a difference in the world, then being conscious of where you spend your money is a good place to start. I consider all of these amazing and generous and companies to be of interest to the conscious consumer.

FUTURE WORLD CHANGER TEE

Although Sudara’s signature product is their beautiful designed pyjama bottoms - Punjammies, they also offer a range of lounge wear for men, woman and children.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked into sexual exploitation in India. As a company Sudara’s mission is to empower women through living-wage jobs, education and skills training to help them work toward freedom, independence and dignity.

Through their non-profit Sudara Freedom Fund they:

Provide women with microloans.

Help fund safe housing.

Provide equipment for sewing centres.

Facilitate back-to-school programs.

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TenTree

CREATION 3.25 TEE

Tentree provide casual wear for both men and women. Every tentree item is made using a blend of sustainable fabrics. Examples of some of the environmentally progressive fabrics they use in their products are organic cotton, recycled polyester, cork, and coconut, so you can feel good about how your product is made, and what it is made with!

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

10 trees planted for every item purchased.

Tentree plant in over 6 different countries around the world. Each planting site is unique and benefits from tree planting in different ways.

Their goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030

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Skylar yoo

FEARLESS GIRL TEE

Skylar Yoo sell apparel, art prints and accessories aimed at the modern feminist. Their statement tees are designed to inspire and empower girls and women to be bold! They are for the the strong and independent woman, the one who aspires to shatter the glass ceiling, the ones who wants to defy the odds.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

They give 20% of their profits to two charities:

The Malala Fund - a non-profit that helps girls around the world go to school. From creating safe spaces for girls in Northern Nigeria to training young Pakistani women as activists and providing STEM education to Syrian refugees, helping some of the 130 million girls who are out of school today have a brighter future.

Bring Change to Mind - this nonprofit is dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.

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Pura vida

FEEL GOOD BRACELET PACK

Every Pura Vida Bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans around the world. “Pura Vida” means “pure life” in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. The artisan’s dedication to the “pura vida” way of life is demonstrated in the seemingly endless colour combinations and innovative styles.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Through the Charity Collection, Pura Vida have partnered with over 174 different charities around the world and have donated more than $1,534,879.20 to causes they believe in.

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WEWOOD

DATE CHOCO ROUGH BROWN WOODEN WATCH

WeWOOD create an eco-friendly, fashionable line of all-natural wooden watches from reclaimed and recycled wood and materials. The first company to create wrist watches from wood, completely free of toxic and artificial materials using exotic remnant hardwoods from around the world.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

WeWOOD collaborates with Trees For The Future to plant 1 tree for every watch purchased.

They are aiming to plant 1 million trees by 2020.

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The giving keys

The Giving Keys make and sell necklaces and other jewellery from repurposed keys. Each one of the products is stamped with an inspirational word like DREAM, CREATE or INSPIRE. The Giving Keys are a social enterprise that want to inspire the world to pay it forward, and have ingrained this ethos into how they do business.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Through their social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness.

With each job, The Giving Keys offer benefits: Paid time-off for housing, education and case management
appointments, and a supportive environment
that cares for the whole person.

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Article 22

LAOS DOME AND TRIBAL DOME EARRINGS

ARTICLE22 pioneered the transformation of weapons into jewellery and the tangible value of fashion that does good. Their ‘PEACEBOMB’ collection is handcrafted in Laos from Vietnam War shrapnel using repurposed metal such as the stabilization fins of cluster bomb casings and rockets, flares, certain fuses and parts of fighter jets.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Each bracelet purchased clears 3m2 of bomb littered land.

ARTICLE22 help support income-generating activities and the creation of sustainable businesses by capacity-building upon pre-existing skills and use of local resources.

ARTICLE 22 donates10% on top of product orders to benefit the entire community, from electricity in communal areas to micro-financing livestock investments.

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The tote project

FREE TO IMAGINE TOTE

As the name implies, Totes are the name of the game here, along with pouches, all bestowed with gorgeous designs and words of hope and freedom. The Tote Project aims to empower survivors of human trafficking worldwide, providing them with opportunities to thrive, and helping them to recognize their worth and potential. Ethical manufacturing is the foundation of their business, and they work with thoroughly vetted partners to ensure that there is no slavery in their supply chain.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

The pouches are handmade in a Fairtrade factory in India by women who have escaped the sex trade. The totes are made by mostly socially disadvantaged women, in a factory which operates a sustainable practice.

As well as partnering with the above organisations, The Tote Project donate 10% of their gross profits to Two Wings to support survivors of human trafficking in the United States as they pursue their dreams.

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Feed

FEED TOTE

FEED produce a wide range of bags alongside a few other choice items. They are a social business who believe in the principle that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. All of their products are produced under fair-labour conditions. They also use environmentally-friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

They work with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, El Salvador, and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations.

Every purchase provides meals in the countries where they were produced. Every product has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase.

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ORANGE RAINBOW BEANIE

beyondBeanie sells its own brand of beanies, bracelets and bags. bB is a social fashion brand that empowers artisans and helps children in need in Bolivia. Their focus is to work with the disadvantaged women, usually coming from rural areas and/or disadvantaged communities, who are trained in the art of weaving and knitting. Every time you make a purchase, you are supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia who proudly hand signs her creation and whom you can meet and greet through the bB website or even in person if you ever travel to Bolivia.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Each purchase gives back as follows:

1 beanie = 5 meals

1 bag = 1 set of school supplies

1 ponch = 1 school uniform

1 bracelet = dental care

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Stand 4 socks

Stand For Socks sells….wait for it…..socks! But hang on …what if socks could change the world? This is exactly what founder Josh Turner announced to his friends. A bold concept, but when you stop and think about it, most of us wear socks....and if each pair has a positive impact, then why can't socks change the world? The socks come in all weird and wonderful designs and are either made of bamboo or cotton.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Currently their socks support 11/17 of the Sustainable Development Goals represented by a small cause logo on the ankle of the sock, Your sock purchase could be powering a hospital, clearing landmines to planting trees!

A pair of socks is also donated to the homeless with every purchase.

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cuddle + kind

STELLA THE POLAR BEAR

Every cuddle+kind doll is hand-knit with natural, premium, 100% cotton yarn that has been safety tested. Finished with hypoallergenic felt details and stuffed to the ideal cuddle weight with hypoallergenic polyester filling. Every detail is hand-knit, hand-loomed, embroidered or crocheted stitch by stitch by talented women artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable, fair trade income.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

With every purchase they give 10 meals to children in need through their partnerships with humanitarian agencies who distribute the meals where they are needed most.

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Unicef

KIDS POWER BAND

The UNICEF Kid Power Band gives kids the power to save lives, by connecting their physical activity to social impact. Water-resistant and a watch too, it’s almost a Fitbit for kids as it lets them track daily activity with an easy-to-read progress screen and compare stats daily with friends and family. The Kid Power Band syncs with an app that encourages kids to take steps and earn Power Points. The more points kids earn, the more food they can help UNICEF deliver to malnourished children around the world. With this lifesaving impact, kids become more aware of the world around them and are empowered to solve the challenges they face in their own communities.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

As well as the food provided through powerpoints:

$10 from each Band purchase is an unrestricted donation to UNICEF USA from which RUTF is unlocked.

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AHI - PERFORMANCE CRUISER SKATEBOARD

BUREO supply skateboards, sunglasses, jenga and more, all made from recycled fishing nets. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. Of all the garbage in the ocean about 46% of that is discarded fishing nets, which have been found to be four times more harmful than all other forms of plastic pollution. Bureo's programs provide a tangible solution to prevent this harmful material from entering our oceans.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Over 185,000kg of NetPlus materials have been collected to date from 26 participating communities in Chile. These collections have financed seven community projects supporting sustainable development in coastal communities.

Bureo also provides contributions to non-profit partners through the 1% For The Planet Network, and remains actively involved in the global fight against plastic pollution.

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POWER+ SOLAR CHARGER

WAKA WAKA sell sustainable solar panels, solar lights, power banks and accessories. They believe that access to electricity is a basic human right and is essential in our modern world. Waka Waka believe in solar as a solution for people living off the grid. There are 1.2 billion people in the world that live off-grid, without access to a conventional electricity grid. They depend on toxic and dangerous kerosene lamps for lighting or simply live in the dark at night. Access to energy for light and power means access to education, communication, and income generating opportunities.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

The WakaWaka Foundation, which is supported by your purchase, donates WakaWaka products for emergency aid, and offers WakaWakas to more stable developing areas at a subsidized price or in exchange for community work.

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Fa Vo

100% RECYCLED NOTEBOOKS

FA VO notebooks are made with the highest quality recycled materials available on the market. All the raw materials used in their products are accredited, awarded and certified. They carefully select suppliers and manufacturers that have the highest environmental standards, awards, certifications and public recognition. When you purchase their products you are contributing directly to the planting of new trees and the increase of environmental sustainability and awareness.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

A percentage of sales goes directly to their environmental partners who take care of existing and new trees.

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Belazu

BELAZU HAMPER

Belazu brings you the best flavours the Mediterranean has to offer: olives, antipasti, oils, vinegars, pesto, pastes, grains and more.

Belazu are a one-of-a-kind business. Their commitment to sustainability can be seen as three pillars: People, Product and Planet.They know everyone they work with personally, from the longstanding relationships they have with their suppliers to the attention they give retailers . Belazu are also committed to help protect the planet by reducing energy and water use, sourcing responsibly, reducing waste and engaging ensuring the same down the supply chain. They became a zero-landfill business in 2013, directly recycling 75% waste, sending 15% for recycling and recovering energy through the incineration of the remaining 10%.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

They set up the Belazu Foundation as a registered charity to promote educational support for deprived children in both Morocco and the UK.

The foundation also helps the Morrocan villagers by bringing in clean drinking water to the village of Tidli and installing electricity in the schools.

Closer to home the Belazu Foundation has also sponsored a school in Oxfordshire,UK for children with complex special educational needs. They have also developed a food education programme entitled ‘Fresh Enterprise’, for schools in and around the London Borough of Ealing in partnership with School Food Matters.

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Onegrid

ONEGRID CANDLE

Yup…you got it….they sell candles. ONEGRID candles are made with a 100% Natural Soy Wax Blend, cotton wicks, and essential oils. They are hand-poured in small batches and are phthalate-free. The company was started to provide people living off-the-grid with a clean and safer alternative source of light than Kerosene lamps. Kerosene lamps are not only extremely harmful to people and the environment but are also very expensive. Money saved from switching to solar lights can be spent on necessary food and medicine instead.

How They Give Back

ONEGRID partner with non-profit organizations that sell solar lights to people in need living off-the-grid. Selling these solar lights (instead of giving) creates a more sustainable and far reaching market within these rural communities.

With every purchase they make a cash donation to their partners to deliver one handheld solar light to someone in need living off-the-grid.

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DARK CHOCOLATE WITH GOLDENBERRIES

As well as their ‘Chocolate That Changes Lives’, ME to WE sell a variety of other Artisan-created products such as jewellery, notebooks, coffee etc.

ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious products and experiences that give back, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices ME to WE work with extraordinary makers in Kenya and Ecuador, from artisans to leatherworkers and cacao farmers, who are leading their families and communities to a bright future.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

Each ME to WE product gives back to these same families and communities in one of five ways—

Helping provide education.

Clean water.

Health care.

Food security.

financial opportunity.

Through their Track Your Impact promise, you get to see where and how you changed lives, with stories about the people and places behind every purchase.

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SUSTAINABLE SUDS SOAP

Sustainable, vegan & palm oil free soap bars made from coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, essential oils, sugar and sunflower seed oil - all fairtrade ingredients. Hand in Hand are mindful of the environment in all they do, from sourcing and harvesting ingredients to the recyclable packaging. Hand in Hand was set up after their discovery out how many children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, they learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. They then decided to provide soap and clean water to children in the developing world through their buy a bar, give a bar & clean water programs.

HOW THEY GIVE BACK

For every product purchased, one bar of soap + one month of clean water is donated to a child in need.

100% of their donations go to the children of Haiti.

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