Spending thoughtfully doesn’t just mean coupon clipping and trolling for bargains. These 10 organizations subscribe to a “buy one, give one” philosophy, allowing consumers to make an impact with each purchase.
Warby Parker (named after an amalgamation of early Jack Kerouac characters) offers up stylish, quality eyewear at a reasonable price. And for every pair purchased, WP donates one pair to someone in need, through partners like VisionSpring. As an added bonus, if you don’t have access to a Warby Parker retailer in your area, they offer a home try-on option, allowing you to order up five borrowed pairs to mull over for five days, free of charge.
Soap = Hope. So goes the mission statement of SoapBox Soaps, a producer of all natural bar and liquid soaps made with ingredients like gluten-free oatmeal, organic shea butter and sea salt—all cruelty-free and made in the USA. For every SoapBox purchase, a donation of soap, fresh water or vitamin supplements is made to a child in need. The movement starts locally, with donations to shelters and nursing homes, and reaches globally to communities in need around the world.
If you’re anything like us, you keep granola bars in your car, in your desk, on your kitchen counter and everywhere in between. They’re perfectly portable, generally good for you, and now, when you buy them, you’re working to alleviate childhood hunger worldwide. 2 Degrees, producer of all-natural snack bars, donates meals and medically formulated nutrient packs to Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi and Somalia. When possible, supplies and labor are sourced locally to the area receiving them, providing an added economic boost to the community.
OUT OF PRINT
Make a statement (and then some) with your support of Out of Print, an online purveyor clothing, accessories and paper goods. Each product features a book cover or theme from an iconic piece of literature. And appropriately, with each product sold, Out of Print promises to donate a book to a community in need with the help of their partner, Books for Africa.
For every purchase of Good Spread, an all-natural (and classically delicious) combo of peanut butter and honey, you are promised a matching donation of a packet of hyper-nutritious Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)—a wonder-substance designed to treat severe acute malnutrition. All donations are facilitated by MANA, an organization that distributes RUTF to impoverished communities all over the world.
Who better to design for kids than kids themselves? Inspired by the plush invention of a 7-year-old boy, Everything Happy offers blankets, animal toys, pillows and apparel for kids. Boasting the motto “One to Love, One to Give,” Everything Happy focuses its sales-matching donations towards orphanages, children’s hospitals and poverty-stricken communities in Uganda, Thailand, Korea and right here in the United States.
Smile Squared, a buy one, give one company that reminds us we can “rethink buying” and make a difference with even the most seemingly mundane of purchases, offers a toothbrush to a child in need for every brush sold. Made with high-quality materials down to the biodegradable brush handles, the toothbrushes offer an opportunity to assure the dental health of another, along with your own.
The gear up for grabs at Baby Teresa is seriously cute—and makes a serious impact. For every outfit purchased for a bundle of joy in your life, the folks at Baby Teresa donate an outfit to a little tyke in need. For every accessory purchased (think soft, sweet bibs and blankies), a portion of the proceeds goes towards purchasing baby formula for donation.
Lest we forget the furriest among us, companies like BOGO Bowl urge consumers to consider a buy one, give one approach to buying pet food, offering a variety of specialized formulas. For every bag you purchase for your furry friend, be it cat or dog food, BoGo Bowl donates an equal share to shelters, rescues and pet fostering programs, providing quality nutrition to cats and dogs in need. Sample sizes available!
What began as Tom’s, a retailer promising a “One for One” donation of one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, has evolved into Tom’s, a company that offers not only One for One shoes, but also One for One eyeglasses and a new online marketplace where other social entrepreneurs can offer up their wares for purchase.
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