Shopping in itself is something fun and exciting, but we can all get behind buying from a clothing brand that gives back to charity.
It feels a little more justified to spend our hard-earned dollars when we know it will also give back in some way. Here’s a list of brands that support a charitable cause when you buy from them.
Many are familiar with the shoe brand Toms, but what you might not know is that one-third of their profits are used for charity. Their website states, “We believe in a more equitable tomorrow. That’s why we invest ⅓ of profits for grassroots good, including cash grants and partnerships with community organizations, to drive sustainable change.”
They have organizations that they partner with in different communities that identify the needs of that community, and they provide them with cash grants. They also try to create connections within these communities and they send volunteers for different needs.
Sustainability is a big focus of the company, so they place a lot of value on their environmental score. Their goal is to source 100% sustainable cotton by the year 2025, and they use green packaging, with at least 80% recycled materials and 100% of the packaging comes from sustainably managed forests.
2. Proclaim Streetwear
This company is about giving to those in need. They have teams that take monthly outings into various communities, donating to the homeless. Their mission is “to bring Good News to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to give them a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. (Isaiah 61)”
All of Proclaim’s clothing is made in the USA, and with every purchase, there is a give-back component. For example, when you purchase an item from their Signature Sixty-One Collection, the first item is yours, and the second is a gift to share with someone in need. They usually give you the option to receive the second item and give it out personally, or they have a team that can do it for you.
3. Pura Vida
Pura Vida sells mostly jewelry, as well as some apparel items and bags. They have donated over $4 million to more than 200 charities. 5% of the item’s purchase price goes to charity.
4. Forget the Frock
Forget the Frock promotes itself as a movement about “compassion over fashion.” Their website points you to different charities that feed orphans, provide clean water, and support education programs. The site hosts links to each charity’s merch shop, where you can buy a shirt and the money goes to that charity. The idea is to wear a shirt that helps a charity instead of buying an expensive outfit for the holidays.
Bombas sells socks, shirts, and undergarments. Their mission is to provide “shelters, nonprofits, and organizations dedicated to helping homeless, in-need, and at-risk communities” with new clothing. When one item is purchased, Bombas donates an item. They have donated more than 50 million items across 3,500 organizations.
6. Wounded Warrior
The Wounded Warrior Project is more of a non-profit organization that supports injured military veterans than a clothing brand, but they do sell clothes and other accessories, and the profit is used toward the project. Their website states, “100% of your donation supports wounded warriors. 71% pays for programs, and the balance pays to support the delivery of those life-changing programs.”
7. Fazl Co.
Fazl sells socks, bags, hats, mittens, scarves, and travel toiletry bags. Whenever you purchase something from Fazl Co., 50% of the net profits are donated to orphanages in India. The company also employs artisan Indian women to provide them with higher wages. Each item is hand woven and made sustainably.
8. Two Blind Brothers
Two Blind Brothers is a clothing brand created by two brothers who are visually impaired. When you purchase from them, 100% of the profits go toward funding research to find a cure for retinal eye disease. Their website also provides the option of “shopping blind,” where you can purchase something without seeing it first.
Founders Bradford and Bryan were both diagnosed at a young age with an eye disease that causes blindness over time. They wholeheartedly believe there is a cure, and are using their brand to raise money to research the cure. They’re a pure representation that a condition doesn’t have to stop you from being successful. Both are graduates of the University of Virginia.
They aren’t just using their proceeds to make a difference, but also through the production of their clothing. They have factory workers on the blindness spectrum produce their clothes in Dallas, TX. They want people to know that anyone can make a change for good.
While the point of selling clothes is to make a profit, it’s always refreshing to see brands giving back in some way. We feel better spending our money knowing that it’s going toward a good cause or can help someone in need. It’s a blessing to be able to buy nice things, and it’s even better if we can put our money toward something that matters.
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