Get more bang for your buck with these products that give back.
L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream
L'Occtaine is known for its high-end luxury products. But few people know that it takes corporate social responsibility seriously. All of the Shea butter it uses is directly sourced from Africa's Burkina Faso region and has been since 1982. It pays local workers above-market wages and is also involved in providing donations to 17 literacy centers.
Lush Cosmetics has a straightforward, easy way to give back with your purchase and know exactly where your money went. On top of each of their Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion containers is the name and mission of a grassroots charity organization your purchase helps donate to. 100% of the proceeds go to help animal, environmental and/or humanitarian causes.
Not only is Hornig's jewelry been known to grace the limbs of several A-list celebrities, the company offers an almost unprecedented 100% profit-donation to any charity of your choice — with every purchase. Silver pieces have been sold at less than $50 with gem and gold pieces selling in the pricier (hundreds) range. If you're not sure which charity you're into, the website offers a list of charities to pick from.
The model (and member of the political powerhouse family) Lauren Bush Lauren has paired up with Target for a massive temporary campaign that sells dozens of products, each of which will provide for up to 10 million meals for hungry Americans. Lauren describes the aesthetic as "modern Americana." These chic scarves at under $20 are just a small offering of the entire collection that also includes bags and home goods.
Michael Kors, the United Nations and Halle Berry have come together to raise awareness for worldwide hunger and help provide meals directly to those in need. We've been coveting a chunky Michael Kors watch for some time, if you're still contemplating, this is the time to set down the cash. The watch isn't cheap, but each and every one provides 100 meals in foreign aid to hungry children.
We might all remember when the charity (RED), backed by Bono, began. But many of us don't know it's still going strong. Proceeds from (RED) sponsored products (replete with the logo and red in color) go to help end HIV and AIDS in Africa. If you're looking for a new hobby, or have someone in your life who likes to skateboard, this (RED) deck could be just the thing.
A contributing writer to theFashionSpot, Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for papierdoll.com, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. She splits her time between New York, Los Angeles and her hometown as a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and journalist. You can find out more at her site marisaswanson.com and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.