Giving & Giving Back
Are you looking for products that you can buy for yourself or friends that also do good in the world? I have been keeping my eyes out for such things recently, wanting to spend my dollars wisely, and I've found some really good options!
WHY IT MATTERS
Giving gifts (and even getting a little something special for ourselves) is a fun part of showing love for our people. Many of us like to give thoughtful gifts, and what's more thoughtful than a gift that gives back? Choosing to support organizations that do good in the world benefits not only the recipient of the gift, but also the people running the organization and the people (often grassroots entrepreneurs and artisans making a living after going through terrible circumstances) get back up on their feet and provide for their families.
It's sometimes hard to feel like you can do it all-- or at least that's how I feel. I want to support quality companies who donate proceeds to supporting people who really need the support. But that doesn't always fit within my budget. So I've looked into some more economical ways to support worthy causes and get what I'm already planning on getting for myself and others-- it's a win-win!
Choosing to be intentional with where I shop is part of what it means for me to live purposefully-- I want to give my dollars to companies that are doing good in the world whenever I can. And I want to help others do the same!
Cora is a feminine product (okay, let's just say it: it's tampons) subscription service that provides organic, vegan products on a quarterly basis for you so you don't have to go to the store or buy ones with questionable ingredients (after all, you're putting it inside of your body). The company also provides products for girls in developing countries who don't ordinarily have access to them, which allows them to go to school and live normal lives instead of missing out every time they get their cycle.
Love Your Melon is a hat company that many of my friends (and my sister) are really fond of. They make a wide array of hats and accessories that are perfect for winter!
I recently bought a couple dresses, a sweatshirt, and a pair of earrings from a company called Amma's Umma. They donate 50% of their profits to support adoptions, which is incredible! And their clothes are some of the softest I've ever worn! I truly love them.
I've also gotten some really good products from the FMSC Marketplace, which is a division of Feed My Starving Children. They have Christmas ornaments, wall hangings, jewelry, coffee, and more. The sales go towards providing meals for people in developing countries, and it tells you when you go to add something to your cart how many meals it will provide.
Sseko Designs - shoes, bags, & more!
Cedar and Cypress Designs - beautiful jewelry!
Mercy House Global - jewelry, home decor, gift boxes, & more!
Krochet Kids - hats, headbands, accessories, & more!
Mercy Candle Co. - soy candles & boxed sets with AMAZING scents!
Imagine Goods - shirts, bags, aprons, napkins, & more!
Noonday Collection - gorgeous jewelry & accessories
Soma - waterbottles
Happy shopping, everyone!