Giving Back (Sort of)
Here are some companies that have created either special collections or concept stores that benefit charitable causes. I will keep looking to find out how we can keep shopping responsibly!
Donna Karan opened a store called Urban Zen. It’s mission: to promote wellness, preserve indigenous cultures, and empower children. The store carries artisanal wares from Haiti. Note, 10% of the profits go to the foundation. Urbanzen.com
Glassybaby. This company also donates 10% of its sales from these hand blown glass vessels to various charitable organizations such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund and WaterAid. The company has donated approximately $675,000 since 2003.
Going to Paris? Merci, a store that sells apparel, accessories and chic housewares donates 100%, yes that’s right, 100% of its profits to children’s charities in Madagascar and India!!!!!! Wow, that is really amazing!!! merci.com
Indego Africa connects with craftswomen in Rwanda. They have partnered with Nicole Miller and are slated to partner with J. Crew and Madwell in 2012. indegoafricia.org
The working proof pairs art and social responsibility. Sales of the limited edition prints benefit causes such as Doctors Without Boarders, Architecture for Humanity, and Teach for America. 15% of sales will go to a charity of the artist’s choice. theworkingproof.com
The husband-and-wife team Chafiq Ennaoui and Aimee Bianca launched Beldi to showcase the traditional arts and crafts of Morocco, from carved lemon-wood spoons to Beni Ouarain rugs. In addition to bringing the country’s handcrafted products to a wider audience, the firm donates 20 percent of its profits to Moroccan charities. shopbeldi.com