We’re huge fans of businesses that have a mission to do good! Although I'm sure you could of probably guessed that.
More and more caused driven companies are being started. This blog post profiles 7 awesome companies that have been a huge inspiration for us. Enjoy.
We love what the team over at SoapBox Soaps are doing. They sell everyday soaps and body washes and with each purchase a customer makes they donate a bar of soap to someone that needs it. Their mission is to empower customers to change the world through everyday purchases.
So far they have donated bars of soap in Haiti, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, India, South Africa and the USA.
We’ve been big admirers of ESPEROS for a while now. They sell awesome, stylish backpacks. Every bag sold helps to fund a year of education for a child in the developing world.
More than 75 million children in the developing world lack access to a quality education. ESPEROS believe that education is gift that should be available to all – and they also believe that education impacts not only the child who receives it, but also whole families and communities.
They design products that are stylish, functional and durable – and donate 10% of each sale to enabling education for children in the developing world.
Who gives a crap
Who gives a crap is an Australian socially driven toilet paper company (AMAZING!!!) The business was started by 3 friends when they realised that 2.5 billion people around the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhoea related diseases fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 2,000 children under 5 every day.
They make all of their products with environmentally friendly materials and donate 50% of their profits to Water Aid to build toilets in the developing world. Keep up the great work guys.
LSTN make really really really cool headphones. Even better than that with every time they sell a pair they work with their charity partners to restore someone’s hearing.
They measure their impact by the number of people they’ve helped. So far the LSTN team has been able to travel around the world with Starkey Hearing Foundation to help over 20,000 people hear in the U.S., Peru, Kenya, Uganda, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia - and their only getting started.
Krochet Kids are an apparel company making a ton of cool crocheted products from hats to tee’s. Their organisation was inspired by a simple idea to teach people to crotchet so that they can earn a living.
They work with extremely vulnerable women who live in poverty stricken regions of the world. By teaching these women to crochet they are empowering them to rise above poverty and improve their lives and the lives of their families. They are a 100% non profit organisation or invest their profits back into the education and mentoring programmes around the world.
Every product they create is hand signed by the person that made it, we love that.
Gandy’s is the creation of two British brothers, Rob and Paul who survived the 2004 boxing day Tsunami which killed an estimated 230,000.
Years later at a music festival Rob woke up in a tent with ‘a mouth like Gandy’s Flip flop’ and an idea was born.
Rob and Paul wanted their new company to represent the values their parents had instilled in them. Having spent years travelling the world in flip flops, a flip flop company seemed like a great way to build something they really believed in. They decided that they would use a percentage of the profits from Gandys flip flops to build orphanages in honour of their parents. The mission of Orphans for Orphans was born.
Smiles Squared are a buy one give one toothbrush company based in St Louis, Missouri. Their journey started when their founder Eric Cope and his wife travelled to Guatemala on a trip that sparked a vision to improve children’s health around the world, and led him to launch Smiles Squared.
During this trip, Eric was part of a group hosting dental clinics at local orphanages and community centres. They soon came to realize that many of these kids had preventable and sometimes severe dental problems. Many of the children attending didn’t even own toothbrushes. If they happened to have a toothbrush, they were likely sharing it with family members. Not only do poor dental habits adversely affect children’s overall health they also affect their confidence and self esteem due to the poor aesthetic condition of their teeth. Through no fault of their own, some children don’t want to smile.
He founded Smiles Squared with the hope of giving children’s smile back! So far they have donated toothbrushes in 25 countries around the world!