25 Ethical Brands that Give Back with Each Purchase

a feel-good buy, for sure :D

Whether it be a cause, a particular non-profit or a community, each of these brands dedicate partial profits to something more than the brand itself. With each purchase you make, a percentage goes into a mission they care for deeply. Not only are you supporting a sustainable product, you are sustaining a mission beyond the fashion industry. 

1. The Tote Project

20% of profits are donated to Two Wings

If there is one brand that radiates hope & compassion in the most practical way {because many of us could tote-ally use a tote!}, it's this one. Based on friendship & a shared dream, Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez started the The Tote Project to support the recovery for victims of modern day slavery. With hope, they strive to empower survivors of human trafficking by providing them opportunities and helping show their worth & potential. Each tote is sewn in India by women who have left the sex trade, and with every purchase made 20% of profits are donated to Two Wings, a US non-profit dedicated to helping survivors pursue their dreams. 

Besides giving back, The Tote Project chooses to use materials that are kind to our planet, too. All totes and pouches are made from 100% organic cotton, and printed with water-based eco-friendly inks. The pouches use recycled saris for the colorful lining and braided tassels. After using both their pouches and totes for the last month, I can definitely say they picked an amazing canvas. It's very strong, and their prints are some of the sweetest I've seen! Wouldn't you agree? Pictured is their Free To Bloom Pouch & their Logo Tote {above}. 

Click - here - to shop their entire collection. 


2. Yuhme

1 Bottle = 6 Months of Clean Water

With over 650 million people lacking access to clean water, Yuhme is just one great way we can help make a difference while being conscious consumers at the same time. Each bottle provides 6 months of clean water to someone living in the Central African Republic. How amazing is that?! We can get rid of the plastic reusables and disposables all while helping those who need it most.


3. Veerah

1% of profits are donated to social impact causes & for every 100 customer interviews, a girl receives a 1 year scholarship to school

VEERAH is not just about the perfect responsible heel. They have a plan: the VEERAH Warriors 1-10-100 Battle Plan. With this, 1% of proceeds go towards social impact causes, 10 paid hours per month are given to employees to volunteer or take self-improvement courses and for every 100 customer interviews they sponsor a 1 year scholarship through She's the First. They believe education is key to a bright future and fearless generation.


4. Round + Square

30% of profits are donated to Equality Now

For the last 25 years, Equality Now Org. has been working to advance Legal Equality for women all over the world, and has created programs to End Female Genital Mutilation, Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence. Through their Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now works with individual cases to make sure young girls are represented and supported. For every purchase made through ROUND + SQUARE, 30% of profits will be donated directly to this amazing organization.


5. 1040.com

$2 with every tax return filed is donated to Healing Water International

1040.com is hands down the best way to file your taxes, especially if giving back is a passion of yours. Not only is their system incredibly easy to use, for every tax return filed 1040.com donates $2 to Healing Waters International. This wonderful organization creates sustainable projects in developing nations to bring community members safe drinking water.


6. Marin Bee

Works Directly with their own Non-Profit Planet Bee Foundation

A natural skincare line featuring the nectar of the gods, Marin Bee created the Planet Bee Foundation in 2010 to teach the next generation of environmental stewards how to become backyard beekeepers. Whenever you purchase a skincare product from Marin Bee, you are helping continue the message of Planet Bee Foundation, and educate more children and community members on struggling honeybee. 

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7. Nina Bernice

1 Bag = 1 Tree Planted

Since they wanted to keep their carbon footprint low, choosing cork was a no-brainer. They knew the cork oak tree in Portugal was harvested without any damage to the environment. After harvesting, the tree is able to regenerate and stay healthy. Pretty wonderful, right?! Plus, for every bag sold Nina Bernice has partnered up with WeForest to plant a tree in reforestation projects within India.


8. Pala

1 Pair of Sunglasses Support Grants & Gives Required donation for Patient Cost

PALA's 'buy-give' business model gives us the opportunity to use our purchasing power to help someone in need, and give them the tools to foster a more sustainable life. With each purchase, proceeds go towards grants awarded to eye care projects in Africa. These projects help fund the creation of vision centers and dispensaries. PALA then calculates the donation required for the cost of each patient in order for each of them to obtain the necessary prescription glasses. 

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9. Siizu

10% of each purchase is donated to American Forest

A fashion brand based in NYC, SiiZU uses some of the most luxurious natural fabrics to bring us minimalistic designs we can wear time and time again. Their sophisticated, clean look is made for any woman who appreciates tailored, well-fitted garments with sustainability at its core. With every purchase, 10% is donated to plant trees.


10. Wolven Threads

5% of each purchase is Donated to Yoga Programs for at-risk youth

Besides the stunning prints and great material, Wolven Threads gives back. For every purchase made, 5% is donated to bring yoga to at-risk youth. The practice of yoga can help build confidence, lessen anxiety and become in tune with your own mind & body. 


11. Les Sublimes

Each Purchased Item = 1 Month of Education

Les Sublimes believes education is key to elevating poverty. Therefore, each item purchased supports one month of education for a young girl in need. Did you know one extra year of primary school boosts girls future wages by 10-20%?! & then another year of secondary school adds an extra 15-25% on top of this! 


12. True Ethic

10% of sales are donated to Freedom Firm

TRUE ETHIC works to bring the best in artisan-made & sustainably-minded goods that have a strong focus on supporting women. Each purchase you make helps empower women in one of four ways: (1) through rescue or restoration from sex trafficking; (2) providing education ;(3) giving the basic need of clean water; (4) poverty alleviation through well paid and consistent employment. 


13. HandUp Global Goods

Each Purchase Supports Training and Education for Haitian Teen Boys

HandUp Global Goods is working with Haitian teen boys who are transitioning out of orphanages and into adulthood. By giving them the necessary tools such as jobs, spiritual development, financial literacy, and vocational training, HUGG hopes to encourage these young men to become responsible workers, family members, and community leaders. 


14. Baliza

Each Purchase Supports the Mission to Save Street Children in Jaipur

About 90% of their collections are produced at Ladli, the vocational centre of the NGO I-India in Jaipur, and the other 10% are made by a small family atelier in Bali. This atelier is a strong support system for their local community. I-India, a registered Indian charity, provides daily opportunity through education, accommodation, food, vocational training and counseling for over 3,000 street children.


15. Fernweh Jewelry

2.5% of sales are reinvested into micro-loans

Besides wanting to share stunning traditional crafts with us, Fernweh wanted to give back to the countries they worked with through micro-loans for the local women. For both the Pakistan and the Mexico Collection, 2.5% of sales will be reinvested into these loans. One of the organizations Fernweh has partnered up with is the Kashf Foundation based in Pakistan which is one of the first women-focused Microfinance Institutions in the country.


16. Pela Case

Members of 1% for the Planet

Not only is Pela Case offering us a sustainable alternative to the usual plastic phone case, they are also a proud member of 1% for the Planet which is a global movement of companies donating at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental non-profits all over the world. 


17. Be My Rose

10% of sales are given back to the farmers

Flowers that are responsibly grown AND give back to farmers are so hard to come by. Luckily, Be My Rose is answering our requests. For each purchase, 10% is donated back to the farmers to help continue the growth of their business and communities.

use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for 15% off your entire purchase


18. Earth Bands

$1 from each purchase is donated to an organization of your choice

All Earth Bands are handmade in Northern California with 100% of the materials sourced from right here in the US. Keeping their carbon footprint small is important to them, just like it is to us! Each Earth Band purchased, $1 is donated to the organization of your choice. You can choose from Rainforest Action Network {campaigns for the forest}, Protect Our Winters {positive climate action} or Sea Shepherd {marine wildlife conservation}.


19. Change Co. 

10% of proceeds go to a featured charity

Change Co. is awesome way to learn about socially-conscious products each season. PLUS, Change Co. takes it a step further and donates 10% of proceeds to a featured charity. For their Summer Box, they will be supporting one of my favorite organizations, charity:water. With over 600 million people in the world living without clean water, charity:water has been working to bring major change since 2006. 


20. Therapy Threads

10% of profits are donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The name, Therapy Threads, represents two things: 1) Dani's passion in providing mental health therapy & 2) The several threads that come together to make healing and wellness possible. This brand is perfect for the women who want to combine “scents of style and purpose", and with 1 in 5 adults suffering from mental illness in the U.S. the discussion is not loud enough.


21. My Red Tea

10% of sales are given back to the farmers

My Red Tea is the full package - it's about your tea, your health and your well being, as well as the proud farmers behind it. Therefore, each purchase gives 10% back to the farmers, and helps support education in the Rooibos farming communities. 


22. Mara Vera

5% of proceeds are reinvested in the artisan communities

Mara Vera's materials are locally sourced, and the environment is considered throughout the entire production process. Therefore, the master artisans weave on pit-looms and hand block using natural and azo-free dyes. Mara Vera even takes it a step further, and reinvests 5% of proceeds to the development of the local artisan communities. 


23. One Happy Leaf

1 Piece = 1 Tree Planted

ONE HAPPY LEAF is more than a jewelry line, it's a collection that fights to protect our Earth & the beings that live on it. Using quality eco-friendly bamboo, each piece is lovingly designed & created by Anna Anagno - an environmental scientist by education {so, naturally, she knows her stuff!}. Plus, for each piece sold, a tree is planted.

** 15% off your entire purchase with code sustainablychic15 **


24. Savvy Rest

Partial profits go towards Safe Sleep Pillows & Global ReLeaf

Not only does Savvy Rest offer you the best in organic sleep goods, they also give back through their Safe Sleep Pillows program where they donate a pillow to guests in emergency shelters. They have, also, partnered with Global ReLeaf, an American Forest's primary tree-planting program. While you are creating a more sustainable bedroom for your home, you are helping others & the planet at the same time!


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25. All the Wild Roses

Each Purchase Helps Fund a Woman in Need to Start Her Own Business

A brand about living your own adventure and following your heart, All the Wild Roses take on slow fashion is romantic, inspiring and incredibly beautiful. Plus, they have partnered up with a wonderful organization called Opportunity International Australia through their program “Dare to Dream”. This project was created to bring opportunity to women in underprivileged countries who are struggling to provide even the most basic essentials for their family. 

I'm pictured wearing their lovely Georgia Dress - vintage inspired & made with a lightweight natural cotton. Perfect for this time of year!! The Georgia features pearl shell buttons, raglan sleeves, elasticated waist & handmade tassel ties + hip pockets - yes, pockets!!! Is there anything else you need in a dress?! <3 

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Comment below some of your favorite 'Give Back' Companies!