Hi, my name is Annie and I am a shopaholic.
I don’t want to make light of addictions (and if you have a true shopping problem, there is help for you!) but this girl loves to troll Gilt and Shopbop, and has been known to buy a (not really needed) firepit late at night after a few glasses of vino…
Something I’m trying to be more conscious of, though, is where and how I spend my money. And there are so many great sites out there that give back when you give to yourself. If you have an Amazon account, try signing up for AmazonSmile. It’s so simple – anytime you feel the urge to shop, just go to Smile.Amazon.com (instead of Amazon.com), and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase to the charitable organization of your choice (I chose the ASPCA because my dogs are my children.) And here are a few companies built around supporting communities and giving back:
This site is designed around connecting consumers to the artisans who made their products. Everything (from items for your home to clothing and jewelry) is handmade, and either sourced from companies in developing parts of the world or locally American made – and all are Fair Trade.
The Little Market:
This site was co-created by Lauren Conrad, as an opportunity to empower women artisans with an online marketplace to sell their beautiful goods and support themselves and their families.
Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.” A set donation is built into the cost of each product, all of which use natural fabrics and artisan-made
materials in fair-labor production. This bag provides 100 school meals, this bag provides 250 school meals to children in Kenya, and this wallet provides 15 school meals.
The mission here is simple – “One for One.” For every purchase you make, TOMS will help a person in need. For every pair of shoes purchased, the company provides a pair of new shoes for a child in need; for every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS helps restore sight to a person in need; for every bag of coffee sold, TOMS gives one week of clean water to a person in need… You get it. It’s beautiful.
this bar saves lives.:
Taking a page out of the TOMS book, their policy is equally straightforward – for every bar you buy, they give a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. The founders built the company after a humanitarian trip to Africa where they witnessed the tragedy of malnutrition in a refugee camp in Liberia, and decided to do something about it. The bars are a delicious snack to store in your bag when you’re running around, and you’ll feel even better after curbing your hanger, knowing you helped an even hungrier child.
Where do you like to multi-task your shopping spree with giving back? What other stores with great missions should I know about?