Shopping With a Purpose: Brands That Give Back

As we all know, I’m a big online shopper. But what I really love is when what I buy can benefit other people who don’t have the opportunity or finances to afford what I can. I also love when the things that I wear, buy, and use can make a statement, and support organizations and causes that I’m passionate about. These products do those things, and are very reasonably priced as well.

So if you need a new reusable grocery bag, want some new jewelry, or just feel the need to do something philanthropic with your shopping, this is the list for you! Happy shopping, y’all.

1. Feed Projects

From their website: “Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of our products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Nine years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.”

(The pin set provides 4 school meals to underprivileged kids!)

Woman on a Mission Bag ($25) //Pin Set ($34) // Feed 10 Bag– 5 colors ($25)


2. The Branded Collective

This is a Nashville based company that employs former victims of sex trafficking and gives them a route to achieve economic independence. Their mission is that they “hope each employee will be inspired to rediscover the dreams she has lost and be motivated to go forth and pursue them. We seek to unite a collective of survivors and patrons who work together to advance the abolition of human trafficking.” Learn about some of their employees here.

I have the copper bracelet and I wear it all the time. People are always so intrigued by the brand and by the number on the bracelet, and I love getting to talk about it and share the brand!

Copper Bracelet ($25) // Leather Wrap Bracelet ($40) // Thin Aluminum Bracelet ($20)

3. The Factinista

From their website: “The #GOFACTYOURSELF movement has become much more than a t-shirt and a tote bag. Each one of our statements is tied to a recent policy initiative or personal truth. We donate 10% of our profits to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. At our core is a deeply rooted desire to empower others to take pride in the truth: un-alternative facts about our world and ourselves.”

Go Fact Yourself Mug ($16) // Friends Don’t Let Friends Tote ($25) // Putin Free-T ($28)


4. Love Your Melon

From their website: “On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. After achieving the original goal of giving 45,000 hats— one for every child battling cancer in America — Love Your Melon set a new goal of giving one million dollars to pediatric cancer research and providing immediate support to children and their families. Fifty percent (50%) of profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.”

White Speckled Beanie ($30) // Burgundy Beanie ($30) // Bluegrass Cuffed Beanie ($30)


5. Parative Project 

From their website: ” We have our products made by businesses that are bringing fair wages, stability, and healing to those who have been freed from human trafficking and poverty. The intent behind our design is to encourage the maker and inspire the purchaser.  We want to create changes out of creativity. Our goods are for everyday use in hopes to remind us all that we are part of a fight that is bigger than ourselves. We have found people want to help, so we want to create products that remind them, and provide solutions.”

Our Freedom Tee ($30) //Dream to Do Tee ($30) // Land of the Dreamer Flag ($86)

I love these brands, and I hope you do too! They all have great reputations for being transparent in how they spend their money and how they support their respective causes. Email me if you know of any other brands like this, because I’m always looking to support new ones!


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