How we spend our clothing dollars is a very personal decision. Why not combine your wardrobe budget with some philanthropic giving and buy pieces with a story?
Almost everyone has heard the story of Toms, the generous shoe company that donates one pair of shoes for every pair purchased. This giving trend is popping up all over the place, with clothing, jewelry, and bags all raising funds for noble causes. Everything on this list directly supports a global initiative or charitable organization. Whether you're interested in third world development, feeding hungry children, or cleaning up the ocean, there are plenty of little ways to help out.
Ten percent of the sales from this quirky clothing line goes directly to assist with global elephant conservation efforts. This nonprofit was created from the founders' desire to help offset the effects of the ivory trade. They have a huge range of products and patterns, so take a look!
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The funds collected from the sale of these distinctive bracelets goes to the massive global ocean cleanup efforts by this incredible organization. To date, they've gathered and recycled tons of plastic and ocean debris.
Each bracelet is made with materials from recycled glass and plastic bottles, making them even more meaningful. Priced at just $20, these bracelets make wonderful gifts as well.
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The concept behind this one is simple. Each product sold has a number stamped on it that represents the number of free meals provided to hungry children both in the United States and internationally.
The line has everything from bracelets to leather bags, with plenty of options in between. Just to give you an idea of how it works, their $48 signature jar candle is pure soy, crafted in the U.S.A., and provides 25 meals to needy kids. How great is that?
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These unique pieces of jewelry by Article 22 are made from Vietnam War-era bombs dropped in Laos. The local artisans carefully melt down the metals and create beautiful reminders that something good can come out of something terrible.
A percentage of the profits goes to the ongoing clearing of bomb-littered land in Laos and the economic development of small villages there. Each product description tells you exactly how many square meters of land will be checked for bombs with its purchase.
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This fashionable eyewear company provides one pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold. They also have some of the least expensive eyewear options around and they pride themselves on staying on top of the latest fashions.
Another reason why people love them is the free try-at-home option. Chances are, you already know someone who has at least three pairs of these trendy glasses.
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So, what do you think? Could your next purchase support a global initiative? With choices like these, charitable giving has never been so easy or stylish!
Do you have a favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that has a deeper meaning? Where did you find it? Let us know in the comments!