6 companies that follow a charitable "buy one, give one" model
What if your everyday purchases had the power to do good? What if buying a pair of shoes or new bag could contribute to social change?
These companies have taken the “shopping for good” idea to heart by using a one-for-one model, where a company donates a product to those in need for each product bought. These companies all give back to communities in need and additionally have partnered with Goodshop to give back to a nonprofit or charity. It’s a never-ending cycle of giving back and doing good!
Need a new pair of eyeglasses or shades? With free home try-ons, you can find a stylish pair that fits you just right, save money using these coupons from Goodshop (that also donates 10 percent of what you spend to your choice of nonprofit) and donate a pair to someone in need all through Warby Parker. The company donates a portion of monthly profits to also train people in developing countries to give basic eye exams and make eyecare available to their communities. That’s a lot of giving back for one company!
Another site to shop for trendy eyewear, Glasses.com sells all the top designers and styles. In addition to free shipping and returns, you can receive up to 40 percent off your order and use other great deals to save money while donating 8 percent to your favorite cause. The best part is that Glasses.com provides a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased and works with noprofit OneSight to staff charitable clinics and make vision care accessible to the 1.1 billion people around the world that don’t have access to eye exams.
Out of Print
You can show off your appreciation for great literature and help fund literacy projects and book donation programs with Out of Print, an online store for clothing, accessories and, of course, paper goods. Every product features a book cover or theme from literature and, appropriately, donates a book to a community in need with their partner program, Books for Africa. You can find some great deals to save money on your next purchase.
Better World Books
Looking for a new book to read or just a way to save money on your next literary purchase? Better World Books has over eight million used and new titles. They support book drives and collect used books through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and over 3,000 libraries. For every book purchased, the company donates one to their partners, Books for Africa or Feed the Children. Furthermore, when you use Goodshop coupons, 2.5 percent of your spendings are donated to your favorite cause.
If you’re old school and still wear a wristwatch, consider checking out WeWood. These handsome and earth-friendly wooden timepieces are made from scrap-wood and for every watch purchased a tree is planted, with the company’s goal of planting 1 million trees by 2020. 5 percent of what you spend is donated to a nonprofit, so if it’s time to get a new watch, why not help restore Mother Nature?
The Company Store
Did you know one of every 50 children will experience homelessness before the age of 18? The Company Store works to bring comfort to homeless children by donating one comforter to a homeless child in the U.S. By partnering with Family Promise, a leading nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless families, the company is continually working to help children in shelters and has given thousands of comforters every year since 2011. You can help bring comfort to a child by purchasing your new down comforter, duvet, sheets or more while donating 2.5 percent of what you spend to a charity.