Did you know that your shopping habit can actually help others? It’s true! More and more companies are following the buy one, give one model to turn the focus away from profits and instead focus on non-profits.
Giving back to the community is a great way for companies to build good PR since consumers tend to shy away from greedy companies focused solely on their bottom lines. If you enjoy shopping and helping others, then check out these 20 companies that give back to various charities.
TOMS is the most well-known company on this list. Almost everyone is familiar with TOMS’ one-for-one philosophy where they donate a pair of shoes for every pair purchased. Originally known for canvas shoes, TOMS now sells other items, such as eyeglasses and boots.
This online store sells jewelry, greeting cards, home décor, accessories and other gifts. Many of the items are eco-friendly. Each purchase helps less fortunate children.
Stand Up to Cancer
This store sells clothing, hats, jewelry, and accessories, with every purchase supporting cancer research and new therapies for cancer patients.
Project 7 offers products that help save the world. Your purchase of clothing, gums, snacks and water allow the company to donate meals, education resources, wells and fruit trees.
Similar to TOMS’ one-for-one philosophy, Skyline donates a pair of socks for every one purchased. The company sells socks that feature skylines of famous American cities. When you purchase one, a person in need in that city receives their own pair of socks.
Better World Books
This retailer sells textbooks to college students at up to 90% off original prices. In return, for every book purchased, the company gives a book to Feed the Children or Books for Africa. Students save money and less fortunate children learn how to read. It’s a win-win situation!
Warby Parker is helping the world to see better, one pair of eyeglasses at a time. When you purchase a pair of glasses, the company donates a pair to various non-profits. In addition, Warby Parker offers to help people learn how to give eye exams.
Every purchase made at the SmithsonianStore supports the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibits and programs. Choose from a variety of art-inspired clothing, jewelry, home décor, books, toys and other cool gifts.
This fair-trade company considers itself a marketplace for good. Society B focuses solely on products that give back to society. Ten percent of all sales go to various charities, such as Action Against Hunger and Kids in Need Foundation
Serrv is another fair trade retailer that partners with 55 organizations and cooperatives to bring you handmade products. When you buy these products, you help artisans and farmers get out of poverty. Not only do they benefit, but their surrounding communities benefit as well.
If you love animals and want to help them, considering making a purchase from the PETA store. All profits go directly toward helping animals. Choose from clothing, books, home goods, DVDs, beauty products, stationery and more.
National Wildlife Federation
You should also check out this site if you love animals. Every purchase helps make a difference for wildlife. The company’s work focuses on three key areas: global warming, wildlife habitat and personal connections between people and nature.
PBS Kids Shop
If kids are more your thing, make a purchase from the PBS Kids Shop. A portion of every purchase goes toward funding educational programming for children.
Yoobi’s motto is “One for you, one for me.” This site sells office and school supplies in a variety of bright, fun colors. If your child is looking for something unique, shop at Yoobi and discover colorful possibilities. When you buy supplies from Yoobi, the company donates the same number of supplies to a needy school in the United States.
The Company Store
In the market for new bedding? Every time you purchase a comforter from The Company Store, one is donated to a homeless child in the United States.
Hand in Hand
Looking for some soap that’s really clean? Try Hand in Hand’s sustainable suds. This Fair Trade USA certified soap – available in a bar or bottle – is biodegradable and free of parabens and chemicals. It is also 100% vegetable-based, vegan, and cruelty-free. For every soap product you buy, Hand in Hand will donate a bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need.
Out of Print
This site sells apparel printed with covers of classic literature. These products could make interesting gifts for the book lover or writer in your family or circle of friends. For every product you buy, Out of Print will donate a book to Books for Africa. You can find Out of Print products online or at many bookstores.
Twice as Warm
Need winter clothing? Many homeless people would love to have a sweater or jacket to keep them warm when the temperatures drop. When you shop at the Twice as Warm website, a winter clothing item is donated to a local shelter whenever you make a purchase.
The motto of Baby Teresa is “Buy once, give twice.” Whenever you purchase a baby outfit – which are made of 100% organic cotton – Baby Teresa donates an outfit to another child. When you buy accessories from the site, Baby Teresa donates a portion of the sales toward the baby formula for orphanages.
2 Degrees sells snack bars made of natural ingredients. They are gluten-free and vegan. These bars are also GMO-free, have low sodium and are kosher. Whenever you buy two of these bars, 2 Degrees provides a meal to a child in need.
If you’re going to shop, buy your products from a store that gives back. While most people don’t like spending money, you’ll feel better about the money you spent knowing that you’ll help someone in need.