“Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
-Patagonia’s Mission Statement
Patagonia is one of the largest growing clothing companies, as well as one of the most popular outdoor sports companies in the market today. Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism (a style of mountaineering which focuses on “light and fast” climbs using few camps and limited equipment) remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running.
Many people confuse the terms “Free Trade”, which has played a major role in countries’ trade policies in the past few decades, with “Fair Trade“. The table below will help clarify the key differences between the two terms.
To increase nations’ economic growth
To empower marginalized people and improve the quality of their lives
Profit is the overriding concern
Balances concerns for people, the planet, and profit
Multinational corporations, powerful business interests
Vulnerable farmers, artisans and workers in less industrialized countries
Punishing to marginalized people & the environment, sacrifices long-term relationships
Interferes with free market, inefficient, too small-scale for impact
Payment is received at time of shipment; credit is sometimes extended by informal lenders at exorbitant rates.
Businesses offer producers advance credit with low- or zero-interest…
In 1979 over 1 million elephants roamed our earth. Today, less than 150,000 of these gentle giants are left in the wild due to excessive poaching. Ivory Ella is here to change this!
Ivory Ella makes shirts with adorable elephants on it in different colors and patterns, and donates 10% of their profits to savetheelephants.org. Most shirts are handprinted in America, as well, an added bonus!
I have spoken to a friend of mine who is very invested in hunting, bt also preservation of beautiful, endangered animals, and she speaks extremely highly of this organization and company. (The shirts are cute too!)
Land Over Yonder sells snapback hats and t-shirts and donates a portion of their proceeds to less fortunate children throughout the world that are in need of an education by providing school uniforms. The reason Land Over Yonder gives school uniforms is youth in countries like Cambodia and Kenya are required to wear uniforms in order to go to school. Many especially orphans, are not able to buy uniforms and aren’t able to go to school and become educated. We are able to provide uniforms so that those children can attend school who would otherwise never have the opportunity to do so.
Mighty Leaf Tea was born for the sole purpose of infusing life into an ancient indulgence by creating tea products that reach new heights of quality and innovation.
The genesis of Mighty Leaf Tea came in 1996 as a result of a shared passion and dream envisioned by husband-and-wife team Gary Shinner and Jill Portman when they founded their teahouse on Fillmore St. in San Francisco.
Their passion is for creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere, globally sourcing the finest ingredients available. Paralleling the highest standards of quality at Mighty Leaf Tea is ongoing creative innovation.
Our specially created handcrafted Tea Pouches are designed to unleash the essence of the quality that is Mighty Leaf Tea. Supporting our quality and innovation is our promise to deliver the highest level of customer service excellence in serving you the finest tea products available.
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The Giving Keys are a jewelry, phone case, clothing, accessories line that features old house keys stamped with inspirational words on each key. The money from the keys help to support a homeless person, helping them get a job, housing, and a life once again.
It started with a New York hotel room key. The Giving Keys founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that in a way we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. Their message is yours for a time, but once they’ve served their purpose with you, pay it forward to inspire another.
Link of Hearts is a handmade jewelry company, working to help hose with depression make it through. Elizabeth Tiglao-Guss, having suffered severe depression, began the company after she remembered how much inspirational quotes helped her through hard times, and she wanted to help out people with the same issues.
Link of Hearts will focus on those battling depression and other mental illnesses. They are connecting with support groups at behavioral centers, psychiatric and rehab clinics, and pediatric hospitals. The possibilities are endless.
LSTN is a headphone company, that makes headphones that give back hearing. It is helping, amplified. LSTN works with the Starky Hearing Foundation, who provides 100,000 hearing aids to people in need around the world each year, and is committed to over 1,000,000 this decade. Today there are over 360 MILLION people worldwide who are hearing impaired. 95% of children in deaf schools worldwide can be helped with just a hearing aid. LSTN wants to change that, and they are making headway thusfar. 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 your amazing support.
We believe that what’s good for business should be good for the world. When we started LSTN, our mission was to create a company that could create global change by providing high quality products that help fund hearing restoration and spread awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. Our Giving Back. Amplified. program wasn’t an afterthought or marketing gimmick, it was the reason we started LSTN.We didn’t just want to create another headphone company. We wanted to create something that could change the world.
At Nothin’ but Nola, they create world-changing, hunger-fighting, nutritious granola. It is made using the freshest, highest quality ingredients to create a delicious and nutritious product you can feel great about eating. They strive to create a granola that helps nourish and feed you and your family as well as the many families who are struggling with hunger. We believe every person has the right to have access to healthy and nutritious food. So, for every bag of their granola purchased, one healthy, nutritious meal is donated to the fight against hunger. They have partnered with an established and community-focused food bank reaching North Carolina, Colorado, and Wyoming, to ensure your money goes to the direct purchase of food for those who are struggling with food insecurity.
Nothin’ but Nola was created and built out of a love for delicious, nutritious, good-for-you foods as well as a desire to change the world. Our main focus every day is creating a better world by providing our customers with the most nutritious granola on the market and aiding the fight against hunger. We strive to create delicious and nutritious granola, provide informative and interesting information on hunger and nutrition, and change the landscape of hunger in the world.
Started by Hannah Skvarla and Reality TV star Lauren Conrad, The Little Market is a social enterprise, combining business and social justice. They measure their success by the positive social and economic impact on their artisans and their communities.
Our mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. We seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. Our handmade goods showcase the artisans’ traditional skills and their dedication to preserving their artisanal techniques. We source all of the artisans’ products ethically and practice fair trade principles. We acknowledge the interdependency of people around the world and our responsibility to help others.