It's easier now than ever to give back during the holiday season! And what better way to start off the New Year than to invest in a gift that keeps on giving? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of stand-out, stand-up gifts that continue to pay it forward. Happy shopping indeed!
Sirenes de Soleil Swim is honored to support woman empowerment and equality. CEO/Founder Nadege Brown and her partner, creative director Valentina Arbaleaz are the women behind Sirenes de Soliel Swim - which means "Meramids of the Sun" in French. These ladies are dedicated in creating jobs in America and helping our communites in need. They currently donate 3% of all proceeds to a charity of your choice, including: American Breast Cancer Association, UNICEF and The Humane Society of the United States etc. SDS Swim also has plans in the near future to establish their own charity with providing self esteem workshops for women of all ages. These "mermaid ladies" are doing everything possible to diminish the carbon footprint on the planet. Using recyclable business cards, packaging and conserving the over all use of paper by an E-Commerece based company. This is the true defintion of what a difference can be made in the world through fashion and glamour.
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Cultures of Love is a boutique ecommerce that places an emphasis on giving back. This online boutique sells ethically responsible accessories, apparel, art, and beauty products, with 10% of proceeds going to charity. Furthermore, Cultures of Love has teamed up with Spectrum Designs Foundation to create this exclusive tote bag. "Giving back is the new black" is printed on the tote & we just love the statement! Additionally, $10 from of each tote sold goes back to the foundation, which creates opportunites for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Each and every item purchased on their website comes with "conscious badges", which is a stamp of approval that your purchased item is giving back. 10% of all sales goes to charities that focus on women, teens and children. Shop now, the empowering way!
A proud graduate of NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Betina Wasserman has a long history working in the world of arts. She is also the founder of UNWANTED NYC PETS INC, which is a non profit animal rescue organization that saves animals from high kill shelters. The organization also focuses on rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals that have been rescued right before their sentencing on "death row" (euthansaiation.) UNWANTED NYC PETS exclusively works on a network of foster homes. All contributions from fellow animal lovers help with veterinary bills and other medical expenses for animals that come in sick or in need of special care. This project was made possible by a grant from the ASPCA. Check out Unwanted NYC Pets on Facebook or visit www.unwatedpets.org for more information regarding this awesome organization. Check out Betina's ETSY shop - WickedWorld for some stellar accessory finds at an affordable price. Actor Mickey Rourke was seen sporting one of Betina's custom designed pendants of his dog Loki at the 2009 Academy Awards. Proceeds of purchases profits Betina's organization. UNWANTED NYC PETS - be the change you want to see in the world!
Edun is a contemporary fashion brand that aims to increase and encourage trade with Africa. Edun was founded in 2005 by Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and entrepreneur Renzo Rosso to publicize trade in Africa by supporting manufacturers and community building ambitions in Africa. They are working on increasing the traffic of trade in the continent with their apparel and accessories. In 2009 EDUN became part of the LVMH Group that provides support to make this project a success. Since it’s creation, Edun has done collaborations with Diesel and Louis Vuitton.
TOMS offers the "One for One" Program: with every product you purchase, TOMS will help ONE person in need. "We're in business to help change lives. It's a big job, and we don't do it alone. With our customes and Giving Partners, we're transforming everyday purchases into a force for a good around the world." Speaking of every day purcahses, this slip on loafer is the most comfortable thing ever! Shoe Giving Partners currently give shoes in more than 50 countries. By purchasing a pair of shoes from TOMS, you are helping a child's health, education and over all, the well being of a young boy or girl. Shoes are oftentimes required for school attendance in many countries. Implementing school uniforms to children who cannot afford them can increase school attendance and is vital to break the poverty cycle. And last but not least, receiving a pair of shoes increases confidence. It is easy for us to take shoes for granted, but confident kids are more likely to stay in school and contribute to their communuites. TOMS also has a Eye Wear Collection that is helping restore sight, as well independence and educational opportunity. With the purchase of a pair of perscription, sight saving surgery or medical treatment for a person in need is offered. Check out the goodies TOMS has & feel good with every purchase!
SAME SKY America give women a chance to reinvient themselves. Their current project is in Jersey City and they are working with women who have been recently released from jail. These women are provided with encouragement, advice, and the impeccable artisan training and employment of hand-beading the SAME SKY Benefit Collection. The Benefit Collection comes in three bold colors: cobalt, emerald, aztec, and apricot, and is available for purchase on www.samesky.com. "Women artisans work together in cooperatives – a safe and supportive environment where the women can openly discuss concerns of their communities such as HIV/AIDS, taking Western medication, opening a bank account, and domestic abuse. 100% of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ more women."The exclusive TOMS Benefit bracelet is also available for purchase on http://www.TOMS.com/marketplace.
Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) MOFAD is the global leader for food education. A donation of just $60 or more gets you this well-made Baggu canvas tote. Here is a little 411: Visiting museum guests will learn about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink through exhibits and programs. When visitors come to MOFAD, four senses will be put into use; they won't just see and touch - they will smell and taste as well. The mission is to change the way people think about food, imparting knowledge of the why we eat the food we do. MOFAD's goals is to encourage an appreciation of culinary history as well as inspire consumers.
To donate click HERE! Your gift will help expand programming for the organization, including their newest event, the MOFAD Roundtable- a program that brings together experts to delibirate the most controversial food issues. Get your real dose of "food for thought" as this presentation errupts into a serious reality check. This event is FREE PRINT TICKET HERE. Thursday, December 5th. 6:30-8pm . CUNY School of Public Health - 2180 3rd Ave New York, NY 10035.
Melissa Odabash Melissa Odbash has collaborated with the legend Elton John, in compliance with his Aids Foundation and created the absolute perfect beach hat ($150) for men, women and kids. A portion of the proceeds benefitthe Elton John’s Aids Foundation. The hat is available on the Melissa Odabash
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You can never be too comfortable too cozy or too giving. Check out this cozy fleece robe and suppor the American Cancer society. Additionally, for just $47.44 you're getting your'e every morning/night ensemble- a robe and slippers! Kick off your heels lady! and slip into this super plush Hope Bathrobe,