12 Days of Giving Back Day 6

It’s no secret I love books, I have a shelf overflowing with my favorite books and graphic novels. I frequent libraries like it’s my job and you can even find me on goodreads.

One of my favorite companies is Out of Print, which creates bags, shirts and other items with famous book covers and even redacted passages from banned books. The products which are sold online can also be found in book shops and speciality shops throughout the U.S.

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But outside of the fact that Out of Print is super cute and has great items for everyone on your list, they also give back. Out of Print donates a book to Books for Africa and to those who don’t have access to books.

Through purchases on their website, you provide a book to a variety of school children in Africa and help establish a higher literacy rate in the country. 0cf9b0a

Though many have seen their shirts and jackets, Out of Print also has great bags, socks, and now even women’s leggings. These items can be purchased at local shops or on their website located here.

 

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12 Days of Giving Back Day 5

Warby Parker, like Toms is another well known one for one company which provide glasses and eye exams for those in need.

This company is one of those I have no idea how I came to learn about it but I wear my glasses with pride. While Warby is a bit more expensive, they do offer non-perscirption sunglasses for those of looking to give a good gift.

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As mentioned the glasses are pricey, but they provide a unique style and if you’re looking for something a bit more funky they are the perfect company.

The concept is simple in that you buy a pair and they provide a pair to someone else in the world who needs it. To date the company has provided over 500,000 glasses for those in need, and continues to provide to those who need it.

While they do provide nonprescription glasses, if you’re looking for a gift for yourself their home try on program gives you the option to shop around and for around $95 you can get a pair of stylish glasses for yourself or maybe your a child.

Unlike some of the other companies, Warby is straight forward and provide exactly what they advertise chic glasses which give back. To shop for others or yourself go here.

 

12 Days of Giving Back Day 4

While I will admit I fell behind due to life getting in the way, here is Day 4 of my Giving Back series.

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Pura Vida which means Pure life in spanish, is more than a slogan. The Bracelets which are made by local Costa Rican Artisans do more than just employee the local population but also give back to over 190 charities.

The company which was founded 5 years ago by California transplants, takes the simple idea of the friendship bracelet we all knew from camp and after school programs and gives it new meaning.

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The bracelets which can be bought in stacks or as single bracelets and turned into custom stacks provide limitless options, but also give the wearer the ability to give back to a charity of their choosing.

Pura Vida have also worked with known names and companies to provide custom stacks that reflect the designer. I had first heard of the company from the Yoga Girl instagram who is a well known yoga instructor from Aruba.

From 1% for the planet to even a bracelet for the recent Paris attacks, there are plenty to choose from. Since starting the company there are now options for charms and even more beaded styles, along with the original styles created. The bracelets are also water proof and have a metal charm which are coated to not rust as well.

So far the company has made $666,721 in lifetime donations, and much like other one for one companies they provide opportunities to become reps and even internships for people looking to get more involved.

Pura Vida can be followed across Social Media and bracelets can be shopped here.

12 Days of Giving Back Day 3

This is the third installment in the 12 days of giving back series, and probably one of the best known one for one companies is Toms.

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I got my first pair of Toms in 2009 and have since bought two more pairs which I wore to work at one point because of the company. The California based company had started with shoes, has since expanded to include boots, sneakers, glasses, clothing, accessories and coffee.

Toms started with just donating shoes to children in developing countries, but has added to providing vision exams to kids who need it and with a purchase of their coffee they provide clean water to those who need it.

The great thing about Toms is just that, if you don’t know someone’s shoe size, you can get them glasses or even just a pack of coffee which is available at Whole Foods.

Though Toms now also offers marketplace, which features other companies who also give back. The marketplace has everything from bags to blankets, so there are plenty of gifts to give that give back.

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Climbing a mountain in Spain with my Gray Classics in 2011

But alas, Toms does shoes and they are some of he most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They are also great for those of us who refuse to wear sneakers or socks for that matter.

To shop Toms and their variety of items along with their marketplace go here .

12 Days of Giving Back Day 2

Today I am excited to share a new company, but one that works with yesterday’s company The Elephant Pants. Hmong Hill which sells tribal bags and jewelry is a new company, which donates $4 of every purchase to schools.

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Currently Hmong Hill is donating to 3 schools in Africa, and has partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). Through the partnership AWF helps to build or rebuild schools throughout Africa in order to establish conservation education.

Like The Elephant Pants, the bags are made in Thailand and the fabric is woven by their namesake the Hmong Hill tribe who create the unique woven fabric.

Currently Hmong Hill is running a special and for every bag you buy, they’ll include a pair of The Elephant Pants standard pants. Both companies are trying to change the outlook of our world through education and conversation. But their slogan says it all “Bright Bags. Brighter Minds.”

Check out Hmong Hill here and follow them across social media for updates about their bags.

12 Days of Giving Back Day 1

It’s only fitting I start my gift giving post on Giving Tuesday, I wanted to share 12 companies who not only produce stylish and unique gifts but also companies who give back.

While I was in no way endorsed to share this, I do feel passionate about these brands and what they do for not only the U.S. based community but around the world.

This Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, whatever you may or may not celebrate I urge you to either shop small, DIY or support a company who gives back.

Day 1 is dedicated to one of my absolute favorite brands and one that I actually am an ambassador for The Elephant Pants.

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This awesome Brooklyn, NY based company not only sells amazing harem pants, but also jewelry, tapestries, bags, rompers and shorts. $1 to $5 of all purchases go to the African Wildlife Foundation to prevent the poaching of elephants in Africa.

As of today (Dec 1) The Elephant Pants have given $190,000 in order to protect elephants in Africa and provide rangers resources to protect them.

I was introduced to the brand my by boyfriend’s sister and just fell in love with the cause and the look of the pants. While I only own 3 pairs, a scarf and a bracelet I feel passionate about the message and love the way the pants feel and look.

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My first pair Tyke and my favorite book

Each pair tells the story of the elephant it is named after and provides better insight into what can occur to these creatures both in the circus world and in captivity.

The pants are created in Thailand where the company provides work for seamstresses and pays them not only above the standard wage but also provides healthcare and a safe work environment. The mission is to not only give back to the elephants and the African Wildlife Foundation but also to provide safe work environments for those who make the clothing.

The pants come both in standard and large, but the ultra stretch waistband provides plenty of room for anyone and the company even sells kid sizes. The standard are up to size 12 and the large fit up to size 16 with more room along the inner inseam.

The Elephant Pants, also provides sales throughout the year through their ambassadors and also provides small gifts and mystery boxes to their shoppers. The boxes which usually contain new pant designs as well unreleased gifts, sell out fast and have an extra surprise in them as a thank you.

To me it means a lot when a company goes out of their way to give back, but still provides a product people will wear and love. Each of the pants are unique and still look good no matter what you wear with them. It’s important to remember that we should not only be buying for ourselves but also to help others around us.

For more information about The Elephant Pants or to buy a pair and give back to AWF follow my personalized link  here  or just head to http://www.theelephantpants.com