Companies Who Give Back
As I learn more about companies and brands, it becomes more apparent how much I am starting to inquire about the background of the company. I am super interested in the reason or reasons the company was started and their overall WHY. I know there are a lot of people out there who look to support other companies who give back; so I did a quick round up.
THE SOULFULL PROJECT: They are here to make good quality, NON GMO and clean label food that tastes GOOD! They make it available to everyone—regardless of social or economic status. Something awesome that they do to give back is whenever you purchase, they donate a serving of their 4 Grain cereal to a food bank in your region. Its a serving for a serving! They have a count on their website of the amount of servings donated and where, etc..click here to view. As of right now, they have donated 919,086 servings of hot cereal to food banks across the US. They want to focus on giving to food banks ALL year around, not just during the holidays!
One Degree Organic Foods: This family is committed to “help rebuild trust in good, clean foods” and they are doing that by taking transparency to the next level. They want you to know where your food came from and WHO grew it. They made is possible that you can either scan or enter the code on their products to see the farmer who helped produce the product.
REBBL: They were “a cause looking for a company” and that is how this superfood Plant Based Coconut Milk Drink company got started. They work in tandem with Not For Sale, a nonprofit company that works to protect people and communities around the world from human trafficking. 2.5% of Rebbl’s sales is funneled directly into Not For Sale to support their work.
Justins: This nut butter snack company focuses their business on educating, inspiring, nourishing, and nurturing others. They are dedicated to sustainability and are always making conscious efforts to take care of the environment. For example, Pollinator Conversation, Rainforest Alliance Certified cacao, All Recyclable packaging and cartons, always using wind power, using all mindfully sourced ingredients, No PPO (most Almonds are treated with the chemical and known carcinogen propylene oxide (PPO) while we pay a premium to have all of our almonds steam pasteurized), etc.
Annie’s Homegrown Foods: I would imagine you’re familiar with this brand. Annie, the owner, years ago, set out to create a socially conscious business. Annie’s has donated more than $2.5 million to organizations that protect and support both people and the planet. The company focuses on impacting children and future farmers, giving grants to sustain more than 395 school gardens and scholarships to future sustainable food leaders.”
NUMI Organic Tea: They use no fragrances in their tea and use the most clean ingredients possible. To give back, they focus on their work to bring clean and safe water to farming communities around the world.
Warby Parker: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair. They figured that almost one billion people worldwide do not have the access to glasses, which means over that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help with this, they partner with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Allbirds: This company has partnered with SOLES4SOULS®, where they donate their lightly used or returned Wool Runners to help our micro-enterprise communities thrive. When it comes to the wool they use, they work with leading organizations to make sure the wool is held to high standards of farming, land management and animal welfare. They use recycled plastic bottles to make their laces. They have also created a shipping and shoe box in one to produce less material..its 90% post-consumer-recycled cardboard, and is 100% recyclable.
Avocado Mattress: They are part of 1% FOR THE PLANET. With that, they have committed to donate 1% of their profits to vetted nonprofits to help with climate change, healthy food systems, land management, water resources, pollution and wildlife diversity.
Patagonia: They are also part of the 1% FOR THE PLANET; since 1985, they have pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Also, they gave their tax cut money (10 Million dollars) and put back into the environment because they said, “the environment needs it more than we do”. They say that, “the protection and preservation of the environment isn't what we do after hours. It's part of our everyday work.”
Daves Killer Bread: They say, “Buy a loaf, save a life." They are focused on "second chances” and so they educate and promote Second Chance Employment. They also promote “sustainable farm practices through seed tests, apprentice programs, farm sponsorships and conferences”.
Kind Snacks: They were founded with the mission, “Do the KIND thing for your body, your taste buds and your world.” They are committed to making the world a little kinder. They have many different causes. But, over the last 4 years, they have donated $470,000 to almost 50 socially impactful ideas. Oh and each month, the KIND Foundation gives a $10,000 grant to a socially impactful organization.
Alter Eco: They are committed to sustainability by being socially just, environmentally responsible, and reliably delicious. Fair Trade and Organic Certified, while working to become a carbon negative business. They also focus on their relationships with their farmers; they provide development programs as well as the empowerment of women.
LARABAR: They are very committed to creating non-GMO products and make sure they always use Fair Trade ingredients. The way they give back is by partnering up with Feeding America and Terracycle.
Alvarado Street Bakery: They bake everything in a solar powered bakery. They make themselves sustainable “green” bakery in order to reduce their footprint. Their focuses are on energy conservation and green energy production, water conservation, waste reduction, and pollution prevention. They actually have received a National Green Jobs award!
King Arthur Flour: Bake For Good. Pledge to share a homemade baked good with someone in your community and we'll donate a meal to Feeding America. n our Bake Truck, we spread the joy of baking near and far, sharing goodies and encouraging folks to Bake for Good. For each Essential Goodness mix purchased, we'll make a donation to Feeding America. Our free program teaches kids to bake bread from scratch. Then they bake two loaves at home—one to enjoy and one to share.
Trader Joes: This grocery store chain only stocks products that have been harvest in a sustainable away aka they have to be completely eco friendly. They also help with fighting hunger through their food donation programs. Each location as their own “donor coordinator” that speaks to each of their food banks and makes sure that food gets donated 7 days a week. just fyi, they donated $341 million in food products to local organizations in 2016 alone.
NuttZo: Project Left Behind. Sales of every jar help support this nonprofit- which supports orphaned and neglected children around the world. Since 2011, they have raised over $320,000,
The Bar Saves Lives: Buy a bar. Feed a child. Every time you purchase a snack bar, they send a packet of powerful peanut paste full of vitamins and nutrients that are made to treat malnutrition. (It only takes 3 packets a day for about 8 weeks to take a child from severely malnourished to completely healthy) . So far 11,193,764 packets have been sent!