I couple years back I went through a huge shopaholic phase. Every weekend I would shop and I would order things online and pretty soon my closet was bursting at the seams with stuff. You know what’s sad? There was tons of things I got just for the sake of buying something and went unused. Imagine? So much money wasted. Instead of just impulsively buying nonsense and giving companies your money for no reason, I am going to show you a few shops that give back when you buy something! All of these are some I have followed for a while so I’m just sharing so you can check them out!
I’m a big fan of 31 Bits because it was started by a group of women that went to the same college as I did. It goes to show that anyone can make a difference, no matter where you are! 31 are 100% recycled bead products made by Ugandan women. Their mission is to empower women by teaching them life skills, providing counseling, and providing health services! You can read about what else they provide here.
I remember when I first heard about Krochet Kids, I remember it was mostly only beanies and such, but it has expanded into a full-fledged clothing line which is really amazing. Trust me, they have such cute tops and dresses! Their mission is to empower women to rise from poverty. They provide jobs and education for women and families. Read more about their impact here.
The Giving Keys
Probably one of the most well-known but still amazing. The Giving Keys are keys that you can pay forward. Their mission is to end homelessness and they even provide jobs to get people on their feet. What’s also cool is that each key comes with a word, which you can give to others when they need some inspiration. Learn more about them here.
The Shine Project
There’s nothing more overwhelming than having plans for your life but not knowing how to make them happen. The Shine Project is an organization that gives scholarships to kids who need help so they can go to college! They have really cute dainty jewelry and inspirational graphic tees. Read more about their story here.
As someone who needs glasses to see and loves sunglasses, I love what Panda is doing. They’re paired up with Optometry Giving Sight and they build optometry schools, while training people in communities, so they can eventually give back! They have bamboo glasses and watches and you give back with every pair. Check out more of their process here.
What are some places you like to shop at that give back to others? I would love to check it out!