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Here is a curated list of the top social good Black Friday social good deals from impact brands across the web. You are going to shop anyway, so why not add a little social impact into your day. Happy Holidays and good luck shopping this year.
MyClo is a new social enterprise bringing high quality American fashion to disrupt the headwear industry. As a college sophomore doing research on micro-finance in a small village in Honduras co-founder, Niranjan Kumar, saw first hand the major impact that micro-loans had for small businesses. He came back to the US dreaming of different ways to create a similar impact. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and Public Policy, he teamed up with his good friend Devan Anderson, a Menswear Designer & accomplished Digital Strategist, to create MyClo. Founded on the principles of entrepreneurship, MyClo is an American made headwear company that purpose a $10 microloan for every item sold to entrepreneurs within the United States.
Allkiind is a social enterprise that makes lifestyle products, speaks boldly into people and everyday culture, and financially supports a variety of causes and non-profits. All for the common good. They are a for-profit business motivated by a sincere desire to do something beautiful and worthwhile.
(c)3 wines, founded by Brady and Christen Raanes, is a winery, based in Napa Valley, donating 100% of its profits to charitable organizations. The desire to create the socially conscious brand began in 2010, after the couple spent several months in Ghana, Africa, finalizing the adoption of their son. Following their time in Africa, the couple sought to use business as a means of supporting non-profits. By partnering with existing charities, (c)3 supports organizations focused on sustainable solutions to global issues like education, employment, and economic opportunity. (c)3’s partnership allows non-profits to focus more on achieving their goal, rather than fundraising, while providing supporters with an enjoyable way to fund amazing organizations.
This pair of special edition Classic Alpargatas features a digital print of an original painting created by LA Artist Tyler Ramsey. TOMS Exclusives are only available on TOMS.com and select TOMS retail stores, limited quantities so buy while it’s available! With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One®.
Vivid Roots is a social enterprise that gives clean water to those in need with every purchase. They teamed up with Rotary International to fund their first water project in Chiquimula, Guatemala. They are now continuing the partnership with multiple Rotary clubs & the non-profit Water For The Americas to implement sustainable clean water systems in developing countries. The team consists of four friends, all in their early 20s, from Boise, ID who decided to start a brand that embodied their fun and energetic passion for impacting the world in a fun way.
Each pair of these holiday themed socks plants 20 trees through their impact partner, Trees for the Future. Conscious Step is a social enterprise creating well designed socks to fight for global causes. In partnership with the some of the world’s most impactful organizations, each design contributes to a different global cause. In partnership with UNAIDS, the company has socks that provide 1 week of HIV therapy for an expectant mother; with Room to Read they have socks provide 2 schoolbooks; with Action Against Hunger they have socks that provide 6 meals for a starving child; with Water.org each pair provides 18 months of clean water to someone without this basic need, lastly, with Trees for the Future they have socks that plant 20 trees.
Chic Made Consciously is an accessory and fashion line completely designed, hand-crafted and produced in Ubud, Bali from inner tire tubes! CMC has been making waves in Toronto, stocking shelves at local boutiques and beauty bars, and has been a huge hit at markets and shows such as The Fairtrade Show. Since launching the company over a year ago, Chic Made Consciously has continued to grow and inspire shoppers to think fair trade, and make ethical shopping choices, and her story is what truly captures her buyers.
The scent’s name, “crisp, clean white” was inspired by clean water. It’s nothing overpowering, just the right amount of “oh my gosh, it smells incredible in here!” But this candle isn’t just about smelling good — because all cash donations go directly to water projects around the globe, all the profits from charity: water products support their staff and operating costs and help charity: water grow.
Bonfolk Collective is sock social enterprise in New Orleans, LA. With every pair sold through Bonfolk Collective, a pair will be donated to a local shelter or individual in need in New Orleans, LA. It’s easy for most of us to forget how important socks are to our health since most Americans have easy access to a clean pair daily. At times we can forget about the many Americans who live without this luxury. Clean socks are essential to disease prevention, foot pain, warmth, & overall quality of life. When purchasing a pair Bonfolk Collective socks, you’re not only supporting a small business, but you are also helping the less fortunate in the local community.
BogoBrush is rethinking the toothbrush with buy one + give one, eco-designed toothbrushes made entirely in the USA. The plastics in almost all toothbrushes are non-recyclable, meaning over 450 million toothbrushes a year in the U.S. alone end up in landfills. These products are either bio-degradable or made from nearly 100% recycled plastic. When you’re done, throw them in your compost or recycle bin—and nature will do its thing.
While many fashion brands talk about corporate social responsibility or ethical fashion, People Tree goes further by following the principles of Fair Trade in every aspect of their business. All of People Tree’s products are made by artisans and producers who work to Fair Trade standards and in 2012 and 2013, People Tree piloted a case for certification for Fair Trade Manufacture under the World Fair Trade Organization.
beyondBeanie is a social clothing company that makes awesome beanies and accessories. Every time you make a purchase, you are supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia who proudly hand-signs her work while helping to provide meals, school supplies, school uniforms and dental care to children in need.
Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Oliberte believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing the right thing within its business model.. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect. In 2009, they started off as a small footwear company partnering with factories and suppliers in Africa. Since then, they have gained enough momentum to launch their own factory in 2012. Now, they make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at the factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, Oliberte became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory.
25% off entire store on Black Friday(use code:BFRIDAY this is an estimate of the Black Friday price)
Tree Tribe is an outdoor lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees on EVERY sale. We’re inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Their mission is to plant millions of trees and contribute to positive impact projects, while creating cool, natural products that allow you to express your love for nature and helping the world.
Get 20% off entire store use code: blackfriday through Tuesday Nov. 29th
Sword & Plough empowers veteran employment by working with companies and non-profit organizations that employ veterans as sewers and manufacturers, and they ask partners to scale with them by hiring veterans to meet the growing demand for S&P products. The company recycles thousands of pounds of military surplus that would otherwise be burned or buried. Because the bags are made from repurposed military gear, they are also water, fire and UV resistant! Their goal is to emotionally and physically touch civilians in their everyday lives. They aim to remind them, in a beautiful way, of the challenges our country and veterans face, and the power that every person has to help.
Cotopaxi creates innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty relief, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact.
LSTN sells high quality wooden headphones. Wood chambers give our headphones a warm, full sound and a unique look. For every pair of headphones we sell, we help restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. In under 2 years, LSTN has been able to give the gift of sound to over 15,000 people through Starkey in the U.S., Peru, Kenya and Uganda because of the amazing support by consumers, musicians, and athletes.
The new TOMS for Apple Watch bands plan to help provide reliable and clean solar light for the nearly 1.2 billion people without access to safe lighting1. With every TOMS for Apple Watch band purchased, TOMS will help provide one year of solar light to a person in need. The bands start at $49 and go up to $75 for the artisan made collection.
TURNING WASTE INTO JACKETS, BOARDSHORTS, AND MORE. These Outerknown shorts are a collaboration with ECONYL®. They aim to make the apparel industry’s production cycle more responsible. ECONYL® is developed from 100% regenerated nylon materials, including abandoned fishing nets and other pre-and post-consumer waste which we use in our Evolution Series of jackets and boardshorts.
The “Fighting Hunger” bullet necklaces represent your fight against global hunger using ethical fashion. Half United has taken something that is usually seen as a symbol of harm, and turned it into a positive symbol of hope. They’re repurposing bullets for good! For every HALF UNITED product you purchase, YOU provide 7 meals for a child in need!
Indosole takes old tires that would otherwise contribute to Indonesia’s massive landfill problem, and transforms them into beautiful sandals and shoes through a production process that is organic, toxic free, and environmentally sustainable. Not only that – the process provides dignified work to many in Indonesia.
Naja’s garment factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. In addition, Naja also pays for school books, school supplies, uniforms and school meals for their children. Through their Underwear for Hope program, Naja also employs women in the slums of Colombia to make lingerie bags, empowering these marginalized women to become ‘mico-entrepreneurs.’ by: Rebecca Cressman