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All your favorite brands are sending you black Friday emails… SO, I wanted to share some amazing brands you might not know about; the brands/companies that make you feel good about spending your money!
I think one of the best ways you can put thought into gift-giving is supporting small businesses and/or purchasing goods from those who are giving back and are socially responsible.
Living in Austin we’ve been lifetime supporters of the local Toms shoes. We moved to Austin months after their business opened in 2007 and we’ve purchased a few pairs of toms every year thereafter between the 6 of us. The way we look at it is shoes are a need, so we make the choice to spend this money on a shoe company that gives one pair for every pair purchased. Another “one-for-one” brand is Warby Parker (we’ve been purchasing our eyewear from them since we found them operating out of an old school bus in Austin). They now have a beautiful storefront and their inventory includes sunglasses. These companies have inspired me as a consumer!
My search for companies that make a difference is the reason I started selling Noonday! If you want your money to make a difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities, Noonday partners with Artisan Businesses that share a passion for building a flourishing world. Working with Noonday has grown my knowledge of how important it is as a consumer to be socially responsible for our purchases. You can read more about Noonday here.
One World Play Project - This company sells soccer/playground balls that can withstand the toughest playing conditions in the world (Unpoppable, Unbreakable, Non-Deflating, Non-Toxic) and with the help of your purchase gives playground balls to communities in need.
MiiR - where every product funds trackable clean water & health projects.
Twice as Warm - Each purchase provides a new clothing item to
a person in need: ‘Wear One, Give One.’
The gift of something edible is simply easy to please! In my opinion, especially if it involves Chocolate or coffee:
With fair-trade coffee and a clear mission statement, ‘to make a difference in the world’, Dominican Joe Coffee Shop is seriously admirable and socially responsible. Local to Austin!
Goodio Chocolate - Goodio was created on the principles of sustainability, well-being, and transparency. It's a vision to bring Nordic-inspired flavors to a chocolate brand for the global consumer.
Patagonia - In addition to selling sustainable clothes and accessories, this company donates its time, services, and a portion of its sales to making the world a cleaner, greener place.
Feed - founded in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of their products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. I found Target selling a few of their products years ago and purchased a sweatshirt and have been following the company since.
WakaWaka - Every purchase of safe and sustainable WakaWaka products will help spread light and power to the more than 1 billion people without access to electricity.
Conscience Step - A company that believes it’s more than how it looks, feels and lasts, but knowing that it’s creation didn’t happen at the expense of people and planet.
Some of my favorite gifts to give are the With fair-trade coffee and a clear mission statement, ‘to make a difference in the world’, Dominican Joe Coffee Shop is seriously admirable and socially responsible.
A subscription box that gives back!!! Every product inside of CAUSEBOX has a beautiful story and helps create a better world — because it matters how these products are made, and who they empower.
If you have a favorite company/brand that is socially responsibly I’d love to hear about it!