The Season of Giving

The interesting thing about the holiday season is that every person you meet will have different feelings concerning the holiday. Some like to start decorating and shopping in August (Me), some people think that red, green, and lights are tacky, and some struggle to make it through the month of December.

I’m one of those people who tries to find the magic in every single day. Even during difficult times, I can usually find the beauty in having the strength to survive. However, during the holidays, I am given so many things to be thankful for, and to find magic in. Some examples are: sweaters, family time, the way the air smells before it snows, Christmas tree lights, and so much more.

Even though most of us go into the Christmas season with different levels of excitement, one thing that we can all agree on is that this is the season of giving.

If there is one thing that most people know about me, it’s that I love to support businesses that help people around the world. This post is going to be dedicated to those businesses. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special in your life, or looking for a way to treat yourself, these companies will make sure to give back to some great causes.

Keap Candles: Keap strives to make candles that “use the finest fragrances and the purest materials available”. These candles not only smell great, but will help light communities in need through their Buy A Candle, Light A Home program. This program helps people in communities that do not have access to the electrical grid. The goal of this program is to help provide solar lamps to these communities, which will then provide clean, sustainable light to the people in these areas.

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Zeal Living: Zeal Living is a company that provides home decor, jewelry, and toys “with and African soul”. This company believes in bringing the creativity of these artisans to the rest of the world. All of these products are ethically made, and Zeal provides employment to people in underdeveloped communities. Not only that, but they are committed to providing safe work environments for their employees.

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Accompany: Accompany is an online boutique that sells everything from clothing to home decor. They bring in items from all across the globe that are artisan made, fair trade, and that help with humanitarian causes. Some of these causes include providing services outside the workplace such as education and loans. Also, this company purposely works with marginalized communities to help them become self sufficient.

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Pura Vida Bracelets: Pura Vida bracelets is a company that works with local artisans in Costa Rica. The bracelets that they sell provide sustainable jobs for the artisans, and bring awareness to the charities around the world. Pura Vida has their Charity Collection. Through this collection, the company has partnered with over 190 charities and has raised over $1,500,000 for the charities that they believe in.

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Humble Hilo: Humble Hilo is a company that works with artisans in Guatemala, but is also changing these artisans lives. For every product that you buy, you get to choose between three causes for a portion of your money to go to. These causes are:

  1. Child nutrition
  2. Education and literacy for women
  3. Microfinance loans for women to start their own businesses

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Causebox: Causebox is a subscription service that sends you a box of 6-8 socially conscious products per season. These products are from emerging brands and designers, and the largest socially conscious companies. This company strives to “do good and look good” I have been subscribed to Causebox and still adore the products that they send me.

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The Giving Keys: The Giving Keys is a social enterprise company that provides sustainable jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness. Because of sales, they have been able to provide 110, 184 hours of employment to the artisans to create their jewelry. The other aspect of The Giving Keys are the individual words stamped on each piece of jewelry. The idea is for the consumer to embrace the word on their jewelry, and therefore make a more positive world. I have a ton of these necklaces and some of my words are: Fearless, Laugh, Hope, and Inspire

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Akola Project: Akola Project is a company that works with female artisans in Uganda and Dallas, Texas to help break the cycle of poverty. They believe in using the entire supply chain to provide employment and livable wages for their artisans. I own a piece from Akola and it is absolutely beautiful. Their pieces are great quality, they have something for every individual’s style, and something for every occasion.

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Unlock Hope: Unlock Hope is a clothing brand that works with young, refugee girls in Uganda. They have partnered with Think Humanity to achieve this goal. Through their sales, they are able to fully fund the hostel, and provide things such as education, health care, food, transportation, and support staff to the girls in the hostel. Below is a photo of the beginning of my collection. My drawers are now full of Unlock Hope shirts.

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31 Bits: 31 Bits is a jewelry and home decor company that works with artisans in Uganda and India to proved dignified job opportunities. This company provides ethical working conditions, a fair wage, holistic care, and a family atmosphere for all of their employees. 31 Bits also gets their materials from local communities in these areas, which helps to provide more job opportunities and stimulate the local economies. Below I have photos of some of my 31 Bits collection.

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The black beaded necklace in the top left corner of the photo on the right is actually my Akola Project piece. I love both of these companies and I would check them both out as soon as you can! These last three photos are part of my 31 Bits collection!

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All of these companies strive to do well and to do good. During this holiday season, I encourage you to do the same! Please check out all of these companies. I promise that you will love anything, and everything that you purchase!

-S

 

 

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