15 Gifts That Give Back and Do Good
Donate to a good cause while you shop! Check out these unique home and kitchen gifts that give back.
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Cast Iron Skillet from Made Trade
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for ethically produced and fair trade items, check out Made Trade. This company is committed to bringing together the best goods from small companies—focusing on sustainable brands owned by women, people of color, with products made in the USA. You can shop home goods, clothing and even furniture at Made Trade. Our favorite is obviously their kitchen selection which includes this cast-iron skillet made right in Portland, Oregon.
FEED Tote Bags
Everyone needs some reusable tote bags for the grocery store or supermarket (or to tote extras here there and everywhere). Why not make sure that tote bag does extra good? FEED helps fund school lunches for needy children across the globe. Since 2007, the company has donated more than 100 million meals! Snag a few hard-working totes for groceries or a new leather handbag from this brand.
Good Intentions Necklaces
Keep your best intentions close to your heart with a new line of necklaces from Ban.do. Featuring words like kindness, optimism and strength, these dainty adornments remind you to be your best. Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to Girls Inc., a nonprofit that helps girls to grow up to be healthy, intelligent and ready to lead.
One Hope Wine
One Hope wine was founded by eight friends who wanted to help people change the world while also creating a product that people could enjoy. They pair different wines with a variety of non-profit organizations, and each purchase helps support a different cause. Buying this bottle of chardonnay, for example, helps fund clinical trials to find the cure for breast cancer. Next, learn how to properly store that wine.
United by Blue Reusable Straw and Utensil Kit
United by Blue, a Certified B Corporation, is committed to removing one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for each item purchased. They are also committed to using zero plastic. You can commit to the same by investing in this reusable straw and utensil kit. Toss it in your lunch bag and head to work or on your next hike.
Hand in Hand Bar Soap
Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple—the founders of Hand in Hand—stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water-related illnesses. They also discovered that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing. They knew they had to find a way to help and were inspired to create Hand in Hand. For every bar of soap purchased, one bar of soap and one month of clean water are donated to a child in need. P.S. Here’s how to wash your hands the right way.
Faucet Face Water Bottles
Faucet Face sells glass and stainless steel water bottles in an effort to decrease plastic consumption and help the environment. Through its 1 for 100 program, Faucet Face donates 2.5% of all sales to the clean drinking water charity, Third Millennium Awakening (TMA). Plus, for each sale of five or more bottles, this company donates a clean water filter to a family in need in India.
When you buy candles from Prosperity Candles, you’re purchasing a handmade product created by women artisans and refugees. This company helps these women become independent and secure. And the candles are gorgeous and smell amazing.
Created Co. Mugs
Created Co. was started by two high school friends that always wanted to go into business together, create a community around their product and change the world for the better. When you purchase one of their quality-crafted mugs, like this inspirational Create mug, a portion of profits are donated to help fund clean water wells.
WAKA Coffee is not your mom’s instant coffee. The founder, David Kovalevski, set out to make a high-quality and delicious-tasting instant coffee that keeps you energized throughout the day. WAKA Coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans and comes in a recyclable box. Ready to give it a taste test? Four percent of your purchase and all other WAKA Coffee proceeds are donated towards projects that help bring clean drinking water to 26 countries around the world. Before you brew, read up on these tips to making coffee.
After a day in the kitchen, it’s time to unwind with a cup of tea and some cozy slippers from TOMS. You’ve likely heard of this footwear company before; for every pair of shoes (or slippers) sold, they donate a pair to a child in need. So treat yourself and someone else.
Bloom and Give Kitchen Towels
Bloom and Give offers gorgeous textiles like these hand-woven cotton kitchen towels. The company was founded by two close friends in India. Inspired by their daughters, the founders vowed to help fund education for girls, especially in rural villages where women often have limited access to schooling. 10% of each Bloom and Give purchase is donated directly to girls’ education programs throughout India.
This face mask by Out of Print is one of the brand’s many products featuring adorkable book-related designs. Out of Print is dedicated to promoting literacy in underprivileged communities. Each purchase from their shop helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. And if you need to bulk up your cookbook collections, check out these new favorites.
Cuddle up with this chenille throw from West Elm next time you cue up Netflix. 50% of the proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and that’s something you can feel warm and fuzzy about.