This post is designed to share some of my favorite companies that I have come across in person and through the internet. I’m also providing my “wishlist” products that I would buy if I had the money to!
1. Toms Shoes [website]
About: “In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.” – Toms shoes
2. Global Girlfriend [website]
About: “Global Girlfriend was created by Stacey Edgar in 2003 to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing you unique products and a simple way to help women in need. Our fair-trade boutique offers a line of trend-setting, women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose — helping women in need help themselves. We believe passionately that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world; because when women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children’s health, education and nutrition, building stronger families and communities over time. Many women try desperately to make a living selling their artisan-quality goods but find that they have little access to market opportunities. Through fair-trade practices, Global Girlfriend brings the work of these disadvantaged groups directly to you. Global Girlfriend believes in forming long-term partnerships that provide women a fair living wage with equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance and development strategies to foster prosperity and reduce poverty.” – source
3. Threads 4 Thought [website]
Style is an attitude; it is more than what we wear.
At Threads for Thought we use sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is comfortable, beautiful, and socially conscious; then we donate a portion of our proceeds to charity. What we wear is as important as what our clothes are made of, and where and how they are put together.
Eric Fleet and Leigh Ivan founded Threads for Thought in 2006 while they were still in college. Our foundation is their belief that we should be responsible world citizens and positive contributors to a sustainable future. We create clothing from sustainable materials, build factories that respect their employees, sell clothing that is affordable, and pursue quality above all else.
Style can’t be traded for sustainability, nor can sustainability be traded for style. At Threads for Thought we know that neither is exclusive, and work to lead the world in both.”
4. Malia Designs [website]
About: “Malia Designs was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in developing countries, and to support local and international non-profit organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Our products are made by non-profit organizations that employ disadvantaged people in developing countries as well as small family producers. By bringing their crafts to Western markets, we can expand their access to sustainable income.
Malia also aims to help victims of human trafficking by donating a portion of our profits to local and international non-profit organizations working in this arena. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illegal trade affecting millions of people every year. We believe that one way to counteract this global issue is to increase access to economic opportunity in the most affected areas.
Through your purchase of Malia Designs, you too can carry the cause.”
More to come soon!
If you are a company that focuses on sustainability/social consciousness/charity then email me to be featured! If you want me to provide a review for your products then I will gladly do that too!!
*I’m going to create a page on my blog of these companies as well and continue to add as more come to my attention.
If you know of anymore products definitely let me know!