Gifts that give back

While browsing the internet in between phone calls I stumbled upon this site!  It’s a site that has products that either give products to those in need when you buy one or share their proceeds to a specific charity.  www.shopwithmeaning.org is a great space to shop!

smiles for the people provides one toothbrush for a child in need with every purchase.
smiles for the people provides one toothbrush for a child in need with every purchase.

Original Adult Toothbrush by Smiles for the People

Product Description: Smiles for the People’s Original Adult Brush is a premium adult toothbrush made from 100% biodegradable bamboo. The brush has an ergonomically curved design that makes it comfortable and beautiful. Here’s the best part though: for every toothbrush you buy, Smiles for the People gives the cash equivalent of ONE toothbrush to someone in need. Your toothbrush comes in fully recyclable packaging and completely biodegradable shipping envelopes, and we make sure every shipment is carbon neutral.

The Good: For every item purchased, Smiles for the People donates the cash equivalent of ONE toothbrush to someone in need of dental care. Some “one for one” companies donate one physical product for every product you buy, but to be most effective, we do it differently. Instead, we donate the cash equivalent of one toothbrush to an experienced dental charity. Our donations enable our Giving Partners to design locally appropriate interventions for their communities’ unique local needs. Because of the wide range of needs in the oral health field, and because toothbrushes can sometimes cause more harm than good for people in need of care, this strategy is more responsible than donating physical brushes. In addition, our giving strategy reduces our carbon footprint and allows for local ownership.

hand soap gives a bar of soap to a person in need with each purchased bar.
hand in hand soap gives a bar of soap to a person in need with each purchased bar.

After 3 years of brainstorming for an idea of company that could make a difference in the world, the founders of Hand in Hand Soap learned of the startling statistic of the over 5 million people who die each year due to diseases caused by poor water quality and lack of proper hygiene.  Perhaps even more startling is the fact that half of those deaths could be prevented with just a single bar of soap.  Thus the Hand in Hand one for one soap concept was born.  For every one for one soap purchased, Hand in Hand will donate the same bar to save a life.

Visitors to the Hand in Hand website can purchase their one for one soap in packages of two, five and ten bars.  The current scent available is a delicious orange blossom that will leave you smelling and feeling spectacular!  Hand in Hand also takes an eco friendly approach to their one for one soap.  Not only is the product made from all natural ingredients, but every ingredient is harvested and grown in an environmentally friendly way.  In addition, all Hand in Hand soap is fair trade certified and shipped using eco friendly packaging, comes with a free carbon offset, and a portion of all proceeds is used to save 50 square feet of rainforest for every bar sold.

pillows purchases help women entreproneurs
Oimei co pillow purchases help women rise above poverty

Oimei Co. was founded in 2011 with the primary goal of empowering women to rise above poverty. After witnessing many poverty-stricken areas of Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia firsthand, founder Aimi Duong and her friend Fanny Huynh decided to use their creativity to source hand-woven textiles from rural artisans, at the same time supporting various peace building projects.  Oimei Co. markets its fair trade gifts to empower marginalized workers in developing communities to improve their standard of living.

The Oimei Co. website features several beautiful handmade pillows, crafted with home spun cloth and decorated with exquisite traditional embroidery.  The pillows – cleverly termed “Pillows for Peace” – come in a variety of vibrant colors, fabrics and designs, all hand crafted by talented artisans in Thailand.   These certified fair trade gifts are fabulously unique with designs available only in limited quantities.  It’s the perfect way to dress up your home and complete your décor while also helping enrich the lives of others across the globe.

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