If you are still looking for ideas of what to give all those people in your life, I’ve got some amazing choices for you. Good quality products that give back to different humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes. Buying gifts is fun, but if you shop for a cause you can feel extra good about it.
11 Places Online Where You Can Shop For A Cause
Novica, works in association with National Geographic and offers over 30,000 unique, handcrafted items for sale from artisans in developing nations. Sale proceeds help local artisans generate income to improve their quality of life. The site has many affordable items including unique jewelry, decor, art, and other handmade gifts. And they usually come with the artisan’s bio.
2. The Elephant Pants
To help save the elephants, The Elephant Pants donate a portion of all sales to prevent elephant poaching. Products include harem pants, shorts, tapestries, rompers, mystery boxes, jewelry, and more.
3. Rice Love
At Rice Love, for every bag you buy, they give away 1 kilo of rice to a family in need. They distribute 20 kilos of rice to a family at a time, which feeds a family of four for a month. This provides a huge impact on the lives of people in India who are living on less than a few dollars per day.
4. The Tree Kisser
In November 2013, The Tree Kisser shop was launched in hopes of spreading compassionate, contemporary fashion that would allow to give back to many animal advocacy organizations. Some of the designs relate directly to animal protection and some don’t, but all generate donations that will help make a safer world for the animals we share it with.
10% of all sales are donated to the Love Infinitely Project Animal Fund and then allocated to deserving, reputable animal rescue or advocacy organizations. Past beneficiaries of the fund include Animal Rescue Corps, Toronto Pig Save, Animal Aid Unlimited, Hand In Paw Rescue, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, and Pets of the Homeless.
5. Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon through AmazonSmile, they will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. The hard part is choosing which of the million or so charitable organizations you want theAmazonSmile Foundation to donate to. You can change your charity at any time and search or suggest one when you first set up AmazonSmile.
The only real catch is you have to remember to start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and shopping from the Amazon apps, Kindle, or through affiliate links won’t count. I currently have my charity set to the Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research.
6. The Veggie Republic
At The Veggie Republic, for every Veggie Bracelet sold, they donate 5 lbs. of fresh produce to families in need. They use profits and proceeds to donate food directly from farms to local food banks. In doing so they remain dedicated to cultivating a movement towards conscious, veggie-rich diets and healthy lifestyles. This year alone they were able to donate over 44,000 pounds of produce!
7. Bombas Socks
Bombas socks are designed for premium performance and comfort and come in bright colors and varying styles. For each pair sold, another is donated to a homeless person. Did you know socks are among the most-requested items in shelters? The word Bombas is derived from the Latin word for bumblebee. Bees work together to make the hive a better place.
8. Bears for Humanity
Bears for Humanity offers plush teddy bears that are made with 100% organic cotton and hemp. For each one sold, the buyer can choose a charity where its mate will go, such as Toys for Tots, Save the Children, or Expect Miracles Foundation.
After you take the time to find just the right bear for the occasion, you can feel good knowing that a bear just like it is en route to a child in difficult circumstances.
9. Pangea Organics
10. Lush Charity Pot
Lush‘s Charity Pot is a hand and body lotion made with fair-trade cocoa butter. 100% of the proceeds after taxes go to humanitarian, environmental, and animal rights causes locally and around the world. Each cause is featured on the lid of each pot. WaterCan, TreePeople, Amazon Conservation Team and International Fund for Animal Welfare are some of the few available.
Since its launch, Charity Pot has donated more than $10,000,000 to 850+ grassroots charities in 42 countries. Their new Charity Pot has been reformulated to contain seven ingredients from SLush Fund projects around the world. The SLush mandate is simple: 2% of the amount they spend on raw materials and packaging is used to invest in sustainable farming and community projects from scratch.
11. Charity Navigator