Hello all you beautiful people,
A while back a reader by the name of Michael Fields contacted me about doing a guest post about showcasing some socially conscious companies that you can feel good about buying from. Right now as a consumer there are so many options to buy from companies that truly give back to the world – whether that means extending a hand to those in need, or using sustainable materials when manufacturing their products. Michael realized through some of his research that there really isn’t a ton of info on this topic in one place, and as a result, many people aren’t aware of just how easy it is to make a difference!
Every time you choose to give your money to an ethically responsible company, you are motivating other companies to become more socially conscious as well.
Without further ado I’ll let Michael’s article shine:
In this day in age, it is possible to be a socially conscious and responsible consumer for many of the products you need. There are fantastic organizations that are helping families and schools all over the world with the help of your purchase. Whether you want to buy bags, jewelry or eyewear, you can truly make a difference. Here are five socially conscious companies who will appreciate your patronage, and so will the people you will be helping!
It all began when four close friends came together and agreed that prescription eyewear shouldn’t cost a small fortune. They created Warby Parker: a company that provides affordable and fashionable eyewear as a fraction of the price as some of their major competitors that dominate the market.
Using colorful and bold frames, their unique prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses complement just about any wardrobe. For every eyewear purchase a customer makes, Warby Parker donates a pair of eyeglasses to someone in need through their non-profit partners, VisionSpring.
It started with Aditya Viswanathan’s trip to India. The founder of Jatalo learned that there were children who simply couldn’t attend school because of the high price of textbooks.
Jatalo sells ethnically inspired backpacks and bracelets in vibrant colors and calm neutrals while drawing inspiration from the many art-driven cultures it hopes to help. For every bag Jatalo sells, the company donates one year’s worth of textbooks to a child who needs them.
Smile Squared was created after a couple visited a group of children in Central America. After hosting a dental clinic with their humanitarian group, they discovered that the children didn’t have basic toothbrushes to clean their teeth. They saw the negative health affects these children had from poor dental hygiene.
Smile Squared sells toothbrushes made of biodegradable bamboo and high quality bristles. For every toothbrush purchased from Smile Squared, they will donate a toothbrush to a child in need.
31 Bits is an organization that supports the jewelry making skills of Ugandan women. Giving them the education they deserve and teaching them the business skills they need, this group is helping these women support their families.
Through the website, you can purchase beautiful vibrant necklaces, bracelets, bags and headbands. When you buy products from 31 Bits, you are helping these women rise above poverty.
Fly Canvas was created by a group of caring individuals who are passionate about childhood education. They believe real change occurs when a person understands the life of another. Fly Canvas sells bags,
wallets and clothing. Some of their proceeds go to schools to help cover the cost of tuition, uniforms, buildings and school lunches.
These companies are finding ways to make great merchandise and give back to communities that need your help. These benevolent business leaders are giving you an opportunity to be a part of this social movement to assist others. Before you purchase products from your usual stores, take a look at these organizations!
I was so happy to learn about all these great companies out there who care about contributing to the community. Actually before this I could have bet that the most we could do to support socially responsible practices was to buy organic and local food. And Toms. But it goes beyond that my friends! Even a pair of GLASSES can help make a difference today. Put your money where your mouth is and we can move towards creating a better, more ethical world suitable for all people.
A huge thank you to Michael for the fantastic article!