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Shop In The Name Of Love

February 12, 2015

We love discovering cool and innovative products that are also doing their part to do #better in the world. Check out some of our favorites, and the great causes they support. It’s a great way to treat yourself, and give back at the same time.

Kutoa

We love these all-natural gluten and soy-free, vegan non-GMO nutrition bars that are handcrafted in small batches. What we love more is that for every bar purchased, a child in need is fed. KUTOA™, which means “to give” in Swahili, was founded by young entrepreneur, Joey Grassia. The idea was born in late 2009, after Grassia had witnessed the effects of malnutrition during his time in South Asia.

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Warby Parker

We’ve had our eyes on (and have been wearing) these glasses and the innovative company behind them for a while. Making a huge selection of hip and unique eyeglass frames affordable and accessible online, Warby Parker also has a program that donates a pair of eyeglasses to those in need for every pair of frames purchased. Try the Winstons; they are our favorite.

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WeWOOD

This company makes “time” for the environment. The brainchild of an Italian watch lover and two eco-smart entrepreneurs, WeWOOD fashions wooden timepieces from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, a hybrid of technology and nature resulting in a unique watch that’s both handsome and earth friendly. As if making watches from recycled materials isn’t impressive enough, the company has teamed up with tree-planting-partners American Forests and Trees For The Future. With this cohesive collaboration, the goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Since 2011, WeWOOD has planted 300,000 trees with its partners.

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FEED

As a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Student Spokesperson, Lauren Bush visited countries where WFP is operating around the world in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and was inspired by the plight of the people she met on her travels. She took a special interest in WFP’s School Feeding program, which feeds and educates hungry children. After witnessing the effects of hunger firsthand, Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.”

She first created the FEED 1 Bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with “FEED the children of the world” and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag provides enough meals to feed one child in school for one year.

Now over 150 products have been created, all still individually stamped and featuring the original simple word “feed,” and this socially conscious business has been able to provide over 87 million meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. Over the years, FEED has also forged successful partnerships with companies such as Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods Market, Gap, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva and TOMS, among many others, to create unique and beautiful products that people enjoy, and thereby help others enjoy life as well.

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Smile Squared

This company’s mission is simple. To help the world, one smile at a time. Smile Squared was founded in hopes of giving children their smile back. Millions of children in the US and around the world lack access to basic oral care – or even a simple toothbrush!  The  “Buy One, Give One” philosophy ensures everyone’s purchase has a direct impact. For every Smile Squared toothbrush purchased, one is sent to a child in need, in the hopes that together, we can take a small step for big change and solve a simple problem.

 

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Blanket America

Blanket America is truly a 360-degree-minded socially conscious company. Not only does it support domestic poverty issues in the United States, with its buy one-give one platform for every product sold, it also is committed to training, supporting, educating, and employing the very people whom its products once helped support. With a vast array of products ranging from blankets to bedding to bath linens, the company believes that your daily comfort and warmth can and should support  the same for someone else.

 

WearFig

We love this company because it has solved two problems: It gave people in the medical professions access to uniforms and scrubs that are comfortable, good quality, and matched to their personality/style, while also giving back with its “Threads for Threads” program, by donating a pair of scrubs for every pair purchased to medical professionals in impoverished areas who are poorly compensated for their hard work and dedication, and who simply do not have enough money for costly medical uniforms. Without the proper medical attire, the spreading of disease and illness increases exponentially. Clean scrubs reduce the hospital-acquired infection rate by 66% and result in millions of dollars saved by avoiding unnecessary treatments. The medical uniform gives healthcare providers a recognizable symbol of caring and commitment, promoting a strong sense of pride, professional identity and team-work.

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One World Futbol

It started with a simple concept: A ball. And a mission to being something simple like the ability to play, to those less fortunate across the world.

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One World created an ultra-durable ball that is designed to outlast and out bounce in any terrain. For every ball purchased, the company donates a second ball to organizations working with youth in disadvantaged communities worldwide, bringing the transformative power of play to millions of children who need it most. Their belief is that play is an intrinsic part of our lives, regardless of geography or culture, and through it we become stronger individuals, build better communities and create a more positive future.

SoapBox Soaps

These soaps are amazing simply because of the way they smell and how they make your skin feel after a hot shower or good hand-wash. But it is a company with a simple mission, beyond pampering our hands and skin. It works off the fact that over 3,000 children in the world could be saved each day with something as simple as a bar of soap and clean water. For every bar purchased, SoapBox donates a bar of soap, a bottle of clean water, or vitamin supplements to a child in need. That is love – clean and simple.

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