Sustainably Chic

25 Ethical Brands that Give Back with Each Purchase

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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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. 

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.


hozen

10% to Mercy for Animals

This is probably one of my favorite vegan handbag lines! Their use of color and design is unlike anything I’ve seen. I’m really digging the belt bag trend right now, and have been wearing theirs as both a crossbody and belt. So versatile and incredibly soft! These handbags are ethically made in Los Angeles with mindful materials (much which are recycled).


mini + meep

10% of proceeds to children in need

The sweetest little onesies you will find, mini + meep makes super soft organic children’s clothing ethically in the USA - even the cotton is grown in the states. Every piece is printed with non-toxic, water-based inks with ADORABLE illustrations. Plus, 10% of all proceeds are donated to provide free meals and emergency food service to children in need.

 


Mable

1 Toothbrush = 1 Toothbrush for a Child in Need

The easiest sustainable switch anyone can make - plastic to bamboo when brushing. Not only are Mable's bamboo toothbrushes biodegradable & chic, they give back to our communities, too. For every toothbrush purchased, one is given to a U.S. child. What's also great about Mable is their subscription program that allows you to sign up to be sent a new toothbrush every few months.


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Round + Square

10% of sales profits to Equality Now Org

Created by fashion designer and entrepreneur Henriette Ernst, ROUND + SQUARE focuses on style, substance and sustainability while empowering women and raising awareness for gender equality. From the diverse group of models to statement tees which will surely spark a conversation, this newly launched brand is one all of us women {& men!} can stand behind.


Malia Designs

portion of proceeds to organizations fighting human trafficking in Cambodia & the US

A socially responsible Fair Trade brand, Malia Designs offers conscious consumers handbags and accessories lovingly made in Cambodia. Every purchase you make of their creations helps to fight human trafficking. According to the Polaris Project there are over 20.9 million victims, and it is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry!


face a la mer

portion of proceeds to ocean conversation

Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. They also have a strong code of ethics for their workers, and are members of the Fair Wear Foundation. Overall, with their GOTS Organic fabric and manufacturing process, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 90%.


om-matters

10% of sales for at-risk youth

This California-based brand goes full circle: from the offering eco-minded yoga products to supporting a yoga lifestyle to giving back to giving back to the community. OM Matters contributes 10% of sales to support yoga for at-risk youth. There are so many benefits to practicing yoga, such as building confidence and lessening anxiety, making it a great outlet for vulnerable kids.


Earthhero

1% For the Planet

From clothing to home + office, EarthHero makes shopping thoughtfully simple and convenient. They do all the hard work for us in their eco-friendly online marketplace so we don’t have to spend the time wondering ‘was this product made consciously?’. Plus, they have a Rewards Program where you can earn points to use on future purchases!! So ‘YES” to saving money and the world :D


ecovibe

1% For the Planet

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {& now home goods!!}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry ten brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad.


azura bay

donates to WWF, Nature Conservancy and Because I am A Girl

One of the most frequent questions I receive is 'where do I find ethically produced swimwear and underwear?' While there are several great brands creating swimsuits or panties, now, you can find them all under one roof! Azura Bay has curated a lovely collection of bras, undies, lingerie, lounge, and swim.


Fazl Socks

50% of profits to orphanages

A social business dedicated to working alongside women & children in need, Fazl Socks donates 50% of their profits to orphanages AND creates fair jobs. For each pair sold, you are helping provide orphaned and destitute children in India with food, shelter, education, and clothing; along with sustaining jobs for the ladies who knit their socks. 


Urban Austral

1% to REFORESTEMOS PATAGONIA

Besides walking on total comfort, Urban Austral has a ton of great qualities when it comes to being a sustainable brand. Their products are 100% handmade with up-cycled materials, they work with local people in Patagonia to provide fair jobs and they donate 1% to REFORESTEMOS PATAGONIA, an organization planting trees in the area.


WooBamboo

donates brushes to operationbrush.org

Not only do bamboo toothbrushes consider the planet’s health, but ours, as well! Plus, with their natural toothpaste, you won’t find any harsh chemicals {also fluoride-free} and every ingredient is responsibly-sourced. Even the packaging is plant-based! && not to make it a big deal, but so far 7,119 of these biodegradable toothbrushes have been given to underprivileged children living in developing countries!


Pala eyewear

buy a pair, give a paid through Vision Aid Overseas

This ethical sunnies brand understands the sense of empowerment a good pair of spectacles creates. Without great eye sight, reading, learning and working becomes difficult. 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.


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.

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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.


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”.


little by little jewellery

Action Against Hunger

For every purchase you make, Little by Little donates the funding to pay for three day's supply of therapeutic food to nurse an acutely malnourished child back to health through the program Action Against Hunger. I love how their mission to help others ties into the aesthetic of the designs. 


charmed by a cause

20% of profits to cause partners

Their name suits them perfectly. Charmed by a Cause donates 20% of the purchase price to a cause YOU want to support. They are so transparent in the dollar amount that you see exactly how much goes to your cause of choice. The three cause partners they currently support are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Covenant House and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.


siku jewelry

3% to the planet

When an aesthetic and message align perfectly, it can make for something really beautiful and impactful. Regardless of how the entire world feels about climate change, there has been enough evidence in front of us to show how sick our planet has become in the last few decades. Awareness is key in building more action to help clean our mess up.


the parallel connection

portion of proceeds to promote learning disability awareness

The Parallel Connection uses recycled poly to create their line of leggings and pants, and all are printed in Virginia & sewn in NYC. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to understood.org, an organization supporting learning disability awareness and giving parents the tools the need to help their children thrive.


 
 

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