Last year we told you about some great companies that give backHarry’s, Charity:Water, State Bags, Life Straw, Thread Experiment…  They have gifts that keep on giving, and we love companies that use their platform to make a positive impact in the world!

 

Why do we share these things with you?  It’s important!  You will be buying that gift for your grads and dads or that new backpack for your summer adventures anyway.  So why not put your money where your values are?

 

When you put a little extra effort and care into your shopping, you can enjoy that refreshing drink knowing that you helped provide clean water for a child who needed it.  You can rest a little better on your new sheets knowing that someone else has a clean bed to sleep in that night thanks to you.  You can enjoy your shower every morning that much more knowing that someone somewhere else in the world is malaria free because you switched to Osana.

 

Take it one step further and think about who is making the products you enjoy.  Are they being treated justly?  Do they receive a fair wage for their work?  Love how fabulous you look and feel in that new organic cotton shirt knowing that a woman was empowered to feed her children when she got home from a long day of work making it.

 

This is how the world changes; this is how you can change the world.

Here are a few more places to start your journey to becoming a #ConsciousConsumer:

terralite:  Want some summery scents for your home?  This company has all the candles, mist, and oils you need.  Terralite only use fair trade certified coconut oil – better for the producers and the planet – and biodegradable and recyclable packaging.   Every time you buy from them, 1% of the sale goes to different environmental products around the world.

Matr Boomie:  Matr Boomie has a wide variety of products benefitting a wide variety of projects.  You can get a journal to record all of your summer adventures while helping a child get an education, or a bag for your yoga mat that helps fund one of their medical projects.

LOT 2545:  If you’re looking for that perfect summer accessory, they’ve got you covered.  LOT 2545 employs a group of formerly exploited women who make beautiful paper bead jewelry and accessories.  These women are paid a fair wage, and then the rest of the profit goes toward getting teenage boys off the streets of Uganda and into school, jobs, and a home.

Good Paper:  We all send cards to loved ones.  For their birthdays, anniversaries, or just because.  Purchasing these greeting cards helps women escape sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda.