So you want to change the world. Make it a better place. Feed the hungry. Help cure disease. Protect our environment. And make sure everyone has access to clean water, health services, and education. But you’ve also gotta pay the bills, buy groceries, and put gas in the car. And that doesn’t leave you with a lot left over for donations.
What if you could donate to the causes that are most important to you, while you make everyday purchases like clothing, accessories, beauty products, and even personal care items?
Today more than ever, socially conscious companies are bringing top quality goods to the market, and using a portion of their profits to fund charities and philanthropic causes. You’ve probably heard about big brands like Toms and Patagonia, but there are plenty of smaller companies seeking to make a big difference too. In fact, for almost anything you buy, there’s a company out there offering to donate part of the sale price to do some good in this world.
Here are a few of our favorite socially conscious brands you may not be aware of. They sell everyday products that you’re probably already buying, but these come with the added benefit of helping to improve the world around us!
Coconut Oil from Conscious Coconut
You’ve probably heard about all of the health benefits and uses for coconut oil. But finding good quality oil that’s responsibly sourced is not an easy task. Fortunately there’s Conscious Coconut. They only sell one thing – coconut oil in handy, easy to use tubes. It’s organic, Fair Trade, virgin, cold-pressed, and unrefined, just as nature intended. And with every purchase, they’ll donate a meal to a hungry child through Feeding America Food Banks.
Coffee from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Company
If you love coffee and you love dogs, you’re going to adore Grounds & Hounds Coffee Company. They make fair trade organic specialty coffees and all the mugs and other accessories you need to enjoy your favorite cuppa. And even better, 20% of the proceeds go to no-kill rescues to help provide safe homes for homeless dogs. They even offer special discounts for veterans!
Groceries and More from Brandless
Brandless offers high quality generic versions of the food, household products, beauty items, and personal care products you’re already buying. And for every order you place, they donate a meal through Feeding America. So you get top shelf products with direct-to-consumer pricing, and hungry people get nutritious hot meals. Be sure to check out their treeless paper products or yummy gluten free foods. Become a B.More member to donate twice as many meals.
Soap and Bath Products from Pacha Soap
Everybody uses soap, right? And artisanal soap bars make great gifts for friends and family too. When you purchase them from Pacha Soap, your shopping dollars help fund clean water initiatives, education in developing nations, and efforts to save the rainforest too! These soaps are not your average grocery store bars either. They’re all-natural, environmentally safe, and contain beneficial ingredients like goats milk, essential oils, and other And they’ve got some really yummy-smelling soaps too like spearmint lemongrass, French lavender, or coconut milk.
Socks from Bombas
Unless you live in a climate where it’s warm most of the year, you probably buy a lot of socks. A good quality pair of socks should do a lot more than just keep your feet warm and dry, and socks from Bombas are engineered to make your feet feel amazing. In addition to being insanely comfortable, they offer antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties for a level of protection you just won’t find from generic tube socks. Best of all, each time you purchase a pair, they’ll donate a pair of socks to homeless shelters, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and other worthy charities!
T-Shirts, Hats, and More from FACT goods
FACT stands for Find a Cure Today. This brand is dedicated to raising money for charities and causes who are working to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses and social injustices. A quarter of the proceeds from every purchase made on FACT goods goes to charities like the Cancer Research Institute, Rise Against Hunger, or the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. And all of their designs are meant to be positive and uplifting, to help you spread a message of hope and inspire others to do the same. So the next time you’re looking for some new threads, be sure to check out their collection of inspirational muscle tees for women, cool hats for guys and other motivational products.
Toothbrushes from Mable
Dental hygiene is an important part of overall health and wellness, and the folks at Mable are providing the tools and the know-how to keep teeth healthy and smiles bright. They make non-toxic toothbrushes with biodegradable handles and plastic-free packaging. No frills, but plenty of function, and easy to compost too! Then, for every toothbrush you purchase, they donate one to a child right here in the U.S. And they go a step further, by visiting schools to teach kids about everything from dental health to making sustainable product choices. You can buy individual toothbrushes, family size packs, or subscribe to the Mable Club to get quarterly automatic shipments!
Underwear from Marc Skid
Marc Skid makes comfortable and classic organic cotton underwear for guys and girls. Every pair is made from organic pima cotton harvested on family farms in Peru. The waistbands are made with recycled plastic, using the equivalent of a plastic water bottle in each one. They come in four colors, each with a mission. Green to feed the world. Red to cure the world. Blue to save the world. And classic white, which lets you choose your own charity from any of the three categories, including Action Against Hunger, Project C.U.R.E., and the Amazon Conservation Association.
Samuel is a professional contributor and editor with 365 Business, 365 Business is a new organization dedicated to helping small to medium business owners collect and leverage actionable business tips and advice in five minutes or less.