Look Good and Do Good with These Stylish Items That Give Back
Eco-friendly, sustainable or charitable - giving back is always in style. Shop our favorite fashion items that can help you look good and while supporting great causes
The Edge x Love Welcomes Guitar Strap
U2 guitarist The Edge (né David Howell Evans) teamed up with creative social enterprise organization Love Wellness to launch collectors item guitar straps that give back in a big way.
The cotton/leather classic Fender straps were hand-sewn by refugee women in Greece, and all proceeds will go right back to their refugee communities. Plus, the first 500 sold will include a personally signed postcard from The Edge.
"In difficult times, we all cling to the hope of a better future. Love Welcomes works with women and families who have been through the very worst of times, unimaginable trauma and life-changing events," The Edge said in a statement.
"The causes of forced migration are super complex but in the end it's a very human problem that demands a humane response," the musician continued. "The principle ought to be 'treat others as you would have them treat you.' Love Welcomes attempts to do that and I am proud to be part of their initiative to provide opportunities and employment for migrant and refugee women."
Pre-Order! The Edge x Love Welcomes Guitar Strap, $98; lovewelcomes.org
Athleta x Morgan Harper Nichols
To celebrate the work of Black female artists, the athleisure brand teamed with Morgan Harper Nichols on a limited-edition capsule launching April 20 as part of the ongoing Amplify Artists Series. The collection features a tee and tote emblazoned with a dreamy design drawn by Nichols, a Phoenix-based artist and poet whose work is inspired by real-life interactions. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Nichols' charity of choice - To Write Love on Her Arms - an non-profit that assists people struggling with addiction, depression and thoughts of suicide.
Athleta x Morgan Harper Nichols
Ba&sh Women for Women International T-Shirt
Cult-favorite Parisian brand, Ba&sh, created a super chic t-shirt that also gives back. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the vibrant graphic shirt, which features empowering saying "beautiful & strong," a rainbow, and the brand's effortless silhouette, go towards Women for Women International (an organization that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war). Shop the give-back (and super comfortable) tee at ba-sh.com.
Buy It! Ba&sh Chic T-shirt Carbone, $70; ba-sh.com
Ivory Ella, a apparel and lifestyle brand that supports elephant conservation, is extending it's give-back efforts to Australia. To show its support for Australia after the recent wildfires, Ivory Ella created a limited-edition Australian Wildlife Rescue shirts, which comes in over 20 variations, and will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Animals Australia. Shop the adorable graphic t-shirts and long-sleeves at ivoryella.com.
Bonito Jewelry is Helping to Rebuild Trees After Australian Wildfires
Bali-based jewelry brand, Bonito, is helping to reforest Australia with one purchase at a time. For every purchase made on its site, the handmade bauble label will plant one tree in Australia to help rebuild what the wildfires burnt down. Now, you have one more reason to shop Bonito's dainty, on-trend and affordable pieces.
Buy It! Multicolor City Mini Hoops, $85; bonitojewelry.com
Allen Schwartz Donates to Australian Wildfires
Allen Schwartz just made donating to the Australian wildfires a whole lot easier. On January 9, the label (Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union are fans), is donating 100 percent of its proceedes to the treacherous wildfires for one day only. So all you have to do is shop one of the brand's many chic, vintage-inspired styles to make a difference. Start shopping at allenschwartz.com.
Buy It! Allen Schwartz Greta Faux Fur Coat, $410; allenschwartz.com
Camilla Rare Auction to Benefit Australian Wildfires
Syndey-based label Camilla wants you to help its home! The brand is hosting a rare E-Bay acution, selling items from past collection, and donating 100 percent of the profits to various organization benefiting the Australina wildfires. The auction launches via eBay on January 10 at 9am AEDST and ends January 12th AEDST.
DIFF Charitable Eyewear
Kardashian-approved glasses brand, DIFF Eyewear, and Sightsavers, an organization that helps provide vision to billions of people around the world, are giving back in a big way. For every pair of DIFF glasses purchased, the optical brand will help fund eye exams, surgeries, glasses and more to people in need. And to accompany its charitable eyewear, DIFF has teamed up with Tribe Alive, an ethical fashion brand empowering at-risk women, to make handmade sunglass chains that will in turn create jobs and income for female artisans. Start giving the gift of sight by shopping DIFF Eyewear and sunglass chains at diffeyewear.com.
Buy It! DIFF Eyewear Becky in Gold + Flash Brown Gradient Lens, $85; diffeyewear.com
Cotton On x Girl Up
Fashion brand Cotton On has teamed up with Girl Up, an organization empowering young women to defend gender equality, to create a limited-edition collection supporting the Cotton On Foundation. The capsule, featuring a variety of empowering graphic t-shirts and tote bags, will raise money to help girls in Uganda overcome barriers preventing them from attending school. Shop the feel-good capsule at CottonOn.com.
Cotton On x Girl Up
Buy It! Cotton On Girl Up Tote, $14.99; cottonon.com
Citizens of Humanity x Anthropologie 'Every Mother Counts' Tee (and More!)
Just in time for Mother's Day, Christy Turlington's non-profit Every Mother Counts has launched items with impact. Among them, this limited-edition shirt co-created with Citizens of Humanity and modeled by Turlington to spread the non-profit's good word.
You can also shop for the cause here (a percentage of sales helps the organization provide resources that make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women).
Hobo x Karen Elson
TANYA TAYLOR X MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER
When one of her close friends was diagnosed with breast cancer, designer Tanya Taylor was inspired to design her a stylish accessory that would make her feel powerful and beautiful during chemotherapy. To help other women feel just as confident as they go through treatment, Taylor donated 300 head scarves to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for women to receive on their first day of chemo. The three colorful designs are now available for purchase online (plus 200 more in the MSK gift shop!) for all women to wear with confidence. One hundred percent of the proceeds from all online headscarf purchases go directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
TINY TAGS + MAXLOVE PROJECT
Tiny Tags, the celebrity-loved jewelry company that specializes in personalized baubles, designed a collection of beaded bracelets, bangles and necklaces to support MaxLove Project. All net proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit, which supports children and families fighting cancer.
Buy It! $55 and up, tinytags.com
ALEX AND ANI X DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION
ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price from each Meditating Eye product sold to the David Lynch Foundation, which addresses the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations, including veterans, urban youth, and women who are victims of domestic violence, through the evidence-based, health-promoting Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.
SOMA X PARLEY FOR THE OCEANS FOR STARBUCKS
Soma, the maker of sustainable water bottles and pitchers, launched a limited-edition glass water bottle for a cause. The 17 oz. glass bottle is BPA-free, 90 percent of the bottle sleeve is made from recycled plastic and the bamboo cap is made from renewable resources. Proceeds from sales go to Parley for the Oceans, a global network committed to protecting the oceans.
Buy It! Soma x Parley for the Oceans for Starbucks Reusable Water Bottle, $29.95; at select Starbucks stores nationwide.
JENNIFER FISHER FOR EVERYTOWN GUN CONTROL
Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher is known for her modern and edgy designs, celebrity-loved hoop earrings and gorgeous fine jewelry collection. To help raise awareness for gun safety and reform in America, Fisher has designed a special capsule collection comprised of stop sign-shaped charms, necklaces and keychains. 100 percent of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety.
To celebrate World Cancer Day, Tadashi Shoji is teaming up with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Shoji designed a exclusive cosmetic bag to support the SWCRF, giving 20% of all procceds to the foundation. The bag features a fun floral purple and black print, which is a reference to the colors of World Cancer Day. In addition, each cosmetic bag comes with a complimentary Tadashi Shoji Eau de Rose rollerball fragrance.
Buy It! Cancer Awareness Cosmetic Bag, $45; tadashishoji.com
RACHEL ROY X WORLD OF CHILDREN
Rachel Roy released a limited edition birthday collection, called "Birthday Kindness Is Always Fashionable LOVE Collection," to support a good cause. From a stylish camo jacket to a statement tee, Roy's limited edition collection will donate 100% of all proceeds to World of Children. Roy is a longtime supporter of the charity, which improves the lives of vulnerable children. "For my birthday I would like to give the gift of what I love the most, the chance for all children & families around the world to thrive. With each LOVE style purchased, you are participating in a solution," says Rachel Roy of the good cause.
Buy It! Choose Love Beaded Jacket, $179; rachelroy.com
THE AWESOME COMPANY
The Awesome Company is dedicated to providing opportunities and employment to people with Autism. Through the sales of their organic products, they hire adults with Autism to create a diverse work force. Their t-shirts can be customized or you can shop one of their many designs for women, men and children.
Buy It! Girl Boss Tee, $34; theawesomecompany.com
LA LA ANTHONY COLLECTION X LORD & TAYLOR
La La Anthony teamed up with Lord & Taylor to design a T-shirt to support relief efforts for the victims affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. One hundred percent of net proceeds from the "Our Hearts Go Out To Puerto Rico" tee will go to the charity foundation "Unidos for Puerto Rico."
"While much of our beautiful island is still in darkness, I want to continue a humanitarian effort to help bring light and hope back to Puerto Rico," says La La Anthony about her connection to the purpose.
Buy It! Puerto Rico Relief Tee, $25; lordandtaylor.com
Proceeds from this adjustable ring, which features aqua and blue chalcedony stones and was handcrafted by female artisans in India, helps World Vision deliver aid to poor communities globally.
Buy It! Handcrafted Wraparound Ring, $65, donate.worldvision.org
Free People is giving you the perfect holiday pajama set that not only looks cute but also supports a good cause. 100 percent of the profits from these luxe eyelet pajamas go to Girls Inc., an organization that supports girls' development through research-based programming.
Buy It! Dream Together Pajama Set, $128; freepeople.com
ALDO X GLOBAL CITIZEN
Aldo has partnered with Global Citizen for their "Give Back. Move Forward" campaign that supports Global Citizen's "Education for All" initiative. 100% of the net proceeds of sales from their limited edition genderless Mx. collection goes to their efforts of providing education to those at risk. The charitable sneakers are available in three exclusive color options including medium grey, black and bordeaux.
Buy It! Aldo Women's Mx. Sneaker, $90; aldo.com
ART WITH PURPOSE
Founder Marc Thaler created Art with Purpose after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer so that he could get young people involved in giving back to a good cause. The streetwear inspired brand donates 25% of the proceeds from sales of their cool hoodies, denim jackets, and hats to breast cancer research.
Buy It! LIFE Hoodie, $78; artwithpurpose.gallery
Westward Leaning, a socially conscious sunglasses company, has designed a collection of limited-edition actetate sunglasses to benefit the Snow Leopard Trust. For every purchase of these super stylish sunnies, which come in both double-bridge and Galileo frames, the brand will sponsor an adoption of a wild snow leopard. The $25 contribution to the Snow Leopard Trust will help continue the fund's efforts to protect the species and maintain their enviornments.
Buy It! Limited Edition Double Bridge, $225; westwardleaning.com
Söfft Shoes has partned with Orange is the New Black actress Selenis Leyva for the #SelenisGives campaign, which supports the Maestro Cares Foundation. Ten percent of sales generated from Levya's curated page goes to the foundation to support the construction of schools and homes for disadvantaged children in Latin America, a mission close to the star's heart.
Buy It! Somers III Sneaker, $89.95; sofftshoe.com
Michael Kors dedicates the month of October to support World Food Day with the campaign Watch Hunger Stop. Every year the designer creates special-edition watches to support the United Nations World Food Programme and their school meals program, which reaches over 16 million students in almost 70 countries worldwide. For the third year, Kate Hudson is joining in on the efforts to end world hunger as the face of the campaign. The campaign's efforts includes donating 100 meals to the WFP for every purchase of their special edition Michael Kors Access Sofie smartwatch and their Watch Hunger Stop Lon sunglasses.
Mikimoto America is parterning with the Voss Foundation to support the development of sustainable water systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its "Pearls for Progress" campaign will donate 10% of jewlery sales from fundraising events held in their stores to the foundation's mission.
Buy It! Akoya Cultured Pearl Set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold, $4,300; mikimotoamerica.com
SOLES FOR CHANGE
Each piece from The Akola Project is handcrafted from high-quality materials by women in Uganda and Dallas, integrating social impact and economic empowerment at every point in the supply chain. Akola weaves a story of women's empowerment in every piece by reinvesting in the women employed in Akola's programs via job-training, mentor programs, financial literacy training, and health services.
Buy It! "Izzy" Earrings, $46; akolaproject.org
MY BEACHY SIDE
By donating $100 to World Vision's "Where Most Needed" fund, you can recieve this stylish gold cuff designed by actress Patricia Heaton. The fund supports the humanitarian work done by World Vision, such as helping children in poverty in Africa and the Middle East. The Hope Bracelet by Patricia Heaton is made by twenty Fair Trade artists in India and provides them with fair wages, a safe place to work, and long-term business relationships.
Buy It! Hope Bracelet by Patricia Heaton, $100; donate.worldvision.org
Passion Pit x Out on Tour
Indie band Passion Pit has teamed up with Out on Tour for this limited-edition T-shirt in honor of their new album, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of Harvard University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Buy It! T-shirt, $20; outontour.com
THE 9TH MUSE
JCPenney and the YMCA "Pair Up" Initative
From August 1-15, JCPenney is teaming up with the Y to help children in need of basic clothing essentials. For every pack of children's socks or underwear sold, JCPenney will donate a pack to the Y.
Buy It! Total Girl 6 Pack Socks, $12; jcpenney.com