Fashion and beauty products are made to enhance our appearance, but some products are for more than just making us look good; some strive to give back to the global community. In fact, several brands donate a percentage of each customer’s purchase to charity while others provide physical supplies to those in need. Although there are many brands, both big and small, that engage in charitable acts, here are just a sample of some that are making the world a better place:
Clothing and Accessories: FEED
Founded by Lauren Bush Lauren in 2007, FEED was created in order to “engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way,” according to the brand’s website. Not only are all of their products produced under fair-labor conditions, they also try to be environmentally-conscious in the materials they use for their products, crafting their clothing and accessories in organic cotton or burlap. Creating her first “FEED bag” in burlap, the company explains that Lauren placed the number “1” on the bag to indicate that “the bag would provide school meals to one child in school for a year when purchased.” Beyond the FEED bags, the company says that each one of their products has a number stamped on it to show “the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase.” As if this wasn’t enough, FEED says the sale of products created through their artisan programs helps to provide meals in the countries in which they were made, which includes the likes of Colombia, Guatemala, India and Kenya, among others.
Shoes: Roma Boots
Everyone needs a good pair of rainboots and those in poverty are no exception. Founded in 2010 by Samuel Historian of Romania, Roma Boots touts a “buy one give one” policy in order to “give poverty the boot.” For every pair sold, Roma Boots explains “a brand new pair stuffed with educational supplies is donated to a child in need.” But their efforts don’t stop there, the company says that 10 percent of all sales are donated to their Roma For All Foundation, which serves to help “impoverished children break out of their cycle of poverty and despair.”
Skin care: Fresh Suga(RED) Lip Treatment Sunscreen S.P.F. 15
Skin care line, Fresh, has teamed up with (RED) to create a lip sunscreen that not only will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, but will also help those suffering from HIV/AIDS. According to Vanity Fair, 25 percent of every retail-priced, limited edition lip treatment will be donated to the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund, which “encourages individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide resources to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” according to the fund’s website. In turn, Vanity Fair says that over two-week’s worth of HIV medication will be provided to those in Africa suffering from the virus.
Products like these will not only fulfill your needs, but also help those in need. So the next time you’re in the market for clothing, shoes or skin care products, be sure to consider these goods that give back.