Giving Back to the Community
Who doesn’t like supporting companies that give back to their community? Today, I am highlighting a few companies that inspire us with their charitable giving.
I am pleased to say, that Terra & Co. is one of those companies. Terra & Co. proudly supports the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Shelter with their Buy One Give One business model. For every tube of toothpaste sold online, one tube is donated to the Women’s Shelter. I asked Amra, CEO, why Terra & Co. adopted this business model. “Azra (Creative Director) and I knew we wanted to give back to other women and children. When we asked the Downtown Women’s Shelter what they needed most, they asked for bras, underwear and toothpaste. What a coincidence?! We make organic charcoal toothpaste. So, we adopted the buy one give one business model” Terra & Co. drops off a box of toothpaste every 3 months to the shelter.
Azra, Creative Director at Terra & Co., told me she was inspired by Bombas Sock Company (https://bombas.com/pages/giving-back). Bombas’ website states that socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. Bombas exists to support the homeless community, and to bring awareness to the under-publicized problem in the United States. Bombas donates one pair of socks for every pair purchased. What I find really amazing, and what inspired Azra, is the fact that Bombas was built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations to help the homeless. Their website has a counter and at the time of writing this blog, Bombas had given away 8,230,840 pairs of socks. Even more important, they don’t give away the same pair of socks that is sold. They actually created a sock to specifically meet the needs of people who don’t have the luxury of putting on a clean pair of socks every day. These socks have an anti-microbial treatment so they don’t need to be washed as often. They make them in darker colors with reinforced seams providing greater durability with less visible wear. Wow! That just knocked my socks off (pun intended). What an incredible company!
Giving back is the new black at Halfunited.com. (https://www.halfunited.com/pages/fighting-hunger-half-united). Half United is a company founded by brother and sister duo Christian and Carmin Black. Their online store sells apparel and jewelry but it doesn’t end there. Half United is on a mission to feed people around the globe. All products purchased from Half United have the cost of seven meals built into them and at the end of every month, they give equally to four giving partners. In the USA, they fund after school meal programs, pack meals for the hungry, plant and maintain community gardens, and respond to natural disasters, consistently working to feed children here in the USA. In Haiti, they work not only with children, but with their families as well, empowering parents by providing them with the jobs they need to provide for their children. In Cambodia, to help improve the lives of children, Half United teamed up with the EAI orphanage in Phnom, Penh. EAI focuses on empowering children emotionally, physically and spiritually. In Labasa Fiji, the money from purchases support sustainable, and thriving feeding projects at the “NCTC” primary school. Over their 8-year partnership, they have funded sweet potato farms, student garden projects, honeybee farms, chicken coops and more. Half United is another incredible company that was founded on the premise of giving back. Something so admirable and inspiring. Thank you for all you do Carmin & Christian!
Terra & Co. doesn’t test on animals and are ardent animal lovers and supporters which brings me to the next company, Beastly Threads. Beastly Threads (https://www.beastlythreads.com/pages/frontpage) is a textile company that incorporates timeless design with sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing practices. They promise that with each product sold, a significant portion of their profits will go to habitat and wildlife preservation efforts. The organic cotton scarves, table runners, and pillows are hand block-printed by artisans in India. The printed fabric is then cut and sewn by a small sewing shop here in the USA. Beastly Threads employs ethical green practices that are kind to both their workers and our environment. Their website has more information on the wildlife and endangered species they are currently helping.
Supporting and empowering women is a core value of Terra & Co., so they appreciate other companies that do the same like True Ethic (https://trueethic.com/info/). True Ethic exists to bring artisans, ethics, beauty, and shoppers together. They seek out national and international brands and artisans to represent in their shop and love to partner with Fair Trade and Social Entrepreneur brands that exist more to help others than to make a profit. All of the brands True Ethic carries empowers women in at least one of the following ways: through rescue or restoration from sex trafficking, providing education, giving the basic need of clean water, and poverty alleviation through well paid and consistent employment. True Ethic donates 10% of their sales to Freedom Firm, a non-profit organization in India working to rescue, restore and seek justice for the victims of sex trafficking in India.
These are just a few companies that inspire us at Terra & Co. Kudos to all for supporting their communities and our environment.