Buying things to benefit charity is nothing new. For years, no one could escape the omnipresence of those yellow Livestrong bracelets, at least prior to Lance Armstrong’s steroid scandal. Another example of this is Girl Scout Cookies. You can buy just about anything from clothing, to jewelry and accessories to food and cosmetics, to benefit a variety of causes from cancer to children. Below are fifteen fabulous finds that benefit charity.
Some are from larger companies, which you might already know about, that make a specific donation for every item sold. Others are from independent companies and artisan designers. Most importantly, this list does not contain the overdone rubber bracelets. Everything on this list is something that is desirable to purchase, independent of its philanthropic benefits. All of these items are great gift ideas to give to everyone from your best girlfriend, to your mother. Not only does everything on this list look good, it will certainly make you feel good because nothing feels better than looking chic and doing good all at the same time.
15 Emily Elizabeth Little Critter Necklace
50% of the proceeds from Emily Elizabeth's Little Critter necklace helps benefit little and big critters through the ASPCA. As charitable as she is trendy, Emily Elizabeth has several other pieces that benefit other great organizations including the Fisher House, the Red Cross and Feel Your Boobies.
14 Parachute Bedding
Parachute Home makes super comfortable Italian artisan crafted Egyptian cotton bedding. For every purchase of the company's signature bedding package, the Venice, a donation will be made to Nothing But Nets, a charity focused on providing mosquito netting to African villages in the hopes of eliminating malaria.
13 Miss Lilly's Trading Company
Selling scrumptious cookies, brownies and most recently, pet treats, a portion of the sales from Miss Lilly's Trading Company helps seniors through Meals on Wheels in addition to helping provide veterinary care for their pets.
12 Tortoise and Blonde Glasses
Tortoise and Blonde is the new Warby Parker, selling super cool specs for an affordable price with an at home try-on option. The company has donated over $230k to Eyecare4kids and helped over 10,000 underprivileged children receive glasses and vision.
11 Pura Vida Bracelets
Made by local artisans in Costa Rica, Pura Vida bracelets support over 190 charities, including The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and The Oceanic Preservation Society, through though the sales of individual bracelets.
10 Alex Woo Tree of Life Pendant
Co-designed with actress and activist Christina Applegate, net proceeds of Alex Woo's Tree of Life Pendant benefits cancer organization, Right Action For Women.
9 Toms Shoes
A pioneer in socially conscious marketing, Toms trademarked the phrase, "One for One." For every pair of shoes they sell, Toms donates a pair to children in need. They have recently expanded to eyewear and coffee.
8 MAC Viva Glam
Since 1994, 100% of the purchase price of MAC's Viva Glam products are donated to the MAC Aids Fund. Over the years, many celebrities have been the face of Viva Glam including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
Co-founded by Lauren Bush, Feed seeks to end hunger and malnutrition internationally. When you buy a bag from Feed, the consumer is told exactly what impact their purchase will make such as, providing two children with school meals for one year. Hollywood stars from Rachel Bilson to Blake Lively have been spotted with these benevolent bags.
6 Susty Party
Recently featured on Shark Tank, Susty Party makes compostable party supplies from non-toxic renewable resources. Susty Party works with organizations that create employment opportunities for the visually impaired. Now, that's a reason to celebrate!
5 Philosophy Shower For The Cure
With notes of tangerine nectar, 100% of the net proceeds of Philosophy's Shower For The Cure bath & shower gel benefits breast cancer research.
4 Roma Boots
Roma sells adorable wellington style rain boots. For every pair sold, a pair is donated to a child in need. In addition, 10% of all sales proceeds benefit the Roma For All Foundation, which helps to provide educational opportunities for impoverished children.
A portion of every sale of Kayu's fabulous bags is contributed to non-profit Awareness Cambodia, which helps provide school supplies for Cambodian children.
2 CJ Free Bracelet for Hilarity For Charity
20% of the sales price of CJ Free's beautiful bracelet featuring sterling silver beads on orange and grey silk cords, benefits actor Seth Rogen's Hilarity For Charity, which funds Alzheimer's research.
1 Ralph Lauren's Pink Pony Products
25% of the purchase price of Ralph Lauren's Pink Pony line benefits Breast Cancer prevention, research and care. From t-shirts and totes to candles and an absolutely stunning Soft Ricky bag, pictured above, Ralph Lauren has found a fashionable way to help support breast cancer charities.