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6 companies that will help you make a charitable difference in the New Year

Rachel Sacks is a writer and editor in San Francisco, CA, where she also works to find deals and coupons for Goodshop as a content curator. Rachel writes about culture, music, health and other lifestyle topics. When she's not looking for...

Be more charitable in the New Year by changing the way you shop

So many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to eat healthier, work out more, revamp our wardrobe or make some sort of personal change. But what if instead we vowed to shop better? What if we made better choices as to where we shopped?

Imagine that every time you bought vitamins or face wash, you not only bought from a company that gives back to its community or uses eco friendly products you also donated to a charity. Or when buying an innovative product that supports animals or the environment you gave back to a nonprofit that supports that same cause.

These companies all support different initiatives, from community efforts to the environment, but they all give back to a cause you choose. Bonus- you save money as well. This new year is all about shopping smarter and better.

1. Puritan’s Pride

Providing healthy choices for healthy living, Puritan’s Pride provides shoppers with a variety of options to help support your health, nutrition and wellness goals. The company (along with their parent company Nature’s Bounty) donates time and funds to many organizations, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cancer Care and the Nature’s Bounty nonprofit to provide assistance to those less fortunate.

You can learn more about Puritan’s Pride’s efforts at their Coupons for Good page as well as save money on your next purchase and donate to a nonprofit using Goodshop coupons.

2. Paula’s Choice

Paula’s Choice skincare line not only promises to use recycled and recyclable materials in its packaging but is part of the Leaping Bunny program, which means they have eliminated animal testing from the company as well as ingredient suppliers. 5 percent is donated to a nonprofit of your choice when you use Paula’s Choice Goodshop coupons and their Coupons for Good page has more information on their corporate responsibility.

More: Starting your fitness resolutions early could help you give back to charity

3. Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom is a monthly subscription box of eco-friendly products for every stage of motherhood. Everything is organic, sustainable and/or has low environmental impact. You can learn more about the products they put in each box by visiting the Coupons for Good Facebook or use Goodshop coupons and donate 5 percent to your favorite environmental charity or cause.

4. Scrub Shopper

Ever wonder where your doctors and nurses get all their scrubs for work wear? Scrub Shopper is one option, and by using these coupons you can donate 2.5 percent to another cause that supports doctors or health workers. Or you can find out other ways to support doctors and nurses by visiting their Coupons for Good campaign page.

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5. Petco

A leading pet specialty retailer, Petco focuses on the relationships between people and pets and provides products, services and advice to create healthier and happier pets and people. In addition to supporting animal welfare groups across the country and in-store adoption events the Petco Foundation has invested over $175 million to improve the welfare of companion animals.

When you use these coupons you can donate 4 percent of what you spend to an animal welfare group, or learn more about the Petco Foundation at their Coupons for Good page.

6. Solight Design

Solight’s mission is simple: to provide light to those who need it most. By purchasing lights for your home with Solight, 10 percent is automatically donated to supplying lights across the world through their NGO partners. Or shop with Goodshop coupons and you can donate an extra10 percent to another nonprofit that provides lighting and electricity to those in need. The Solight Design’s Coupons for Good page provides more information about their 10 Million Rays of LIght campaign as well as their many other philanthropic efforts.

More: 6 companies that follow a charitable "buy one, give one" model

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