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feminine power - AUrate

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AUrate’s Flower Ring captures the power of femininity in one tiny piece. Available in sizes 4-10, it’s handcrafted from ethically sourced gold. AUrate donates a book to a student in need for every purchase. Now that’s true gold.

 AUrate was founded by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui in 2015. Together, they vowed to provide women with fine jewelry at honest prices but to also give back to the community in return. AUrate, with the help of their customers, is giving books to young kids in New York because they understand the role literacy has for a successful future. 

literacy matters - Out of Print

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It seems that I read more books now than I did when I was in school. I guess I’m a rebel that way. Out of Print sells famous literature books fit for every bookworm, but they don’t only sell books. They also sell apparel, bags, and home accents featuring artwork from different literature pieces. What makes this company different from others is the fact that for every purchase made, they donate a book to a literacy program in communities around the world. 

Out of Print was founded in 2010 with the sole purpose to showcase the importance of literature. They give bookworms the opportunities to not only read their favorite books but to wear them as well. They want to make sure that every child gets the opportunity to learn how to read, which is what sets this company apart from other bookstores. They care about giving back and they do so with each purchase.

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own your truth - Palabra

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Palabra lets their shirts do the talking. They feature English and Spanish phrases such as Verdad (Truth), and Cuéntame(Tell Me). Available in eight colors, sizes range from small to x-large. The materials are ethically sourced, consisting of either cotton, hemp, or recycled PET. The shirts are sassy much like me!

Founded by Susan Boyar, the idea behind Palabra was to provide the public with high quality shirts that are sustainable and ethical. For every purchase, the company buys a book and donates it to the Chispa Project- an organization dedicated to providing literacy opportunities to kids in Honduras. 

black power cross body bag - VIDA

conscious, ethical, human trafficking, fashion, gifts, literacyeden tirlComment
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VIDA was formed on the idea that we are interconnected, global citizens of the modern world.  Their current collection, from New Zealand designer Corina Hazlett, is inspired by her 2015 trip to Vietnam as an Art Therapist for human trafficking survivors.  We love the bright colors and bold prints of her designs almost as much as we love the meaning behind each piece of her collection.

Each item in the VIDA collection is produced on demand - this practice eliminates waste, excess inventory, and the ‘middle man’ costs associated with traditional fashion commerce.  VIDA hires designers from all over the world through a submission process - those chosen are given 10% of their sales and the means to manufacture their goods with direct-to-fabric digital printing.  In addition, the makers that produce VIDA’s products are provided literacy programs and basic math skills for themselves and their children, allowing for more opportunities in the future.

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philanthropic pencil packs - KITE

cause conscious, community, education, gifts, literacy, pencils, school supplieseden tirlComment
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Since Halloween is around the corner, I can’t help but think of the year my mother began to hand out pencils instead of candy to the little monsters ringing our big brass doorbell. I remember being slightly embarrassed initially, but came around to understanding her choice...and thinking it was very cool.

I’m not suggesting my above anecdote this Halloween, however...I do love the idea of KITE pencil packs for stocking stuffers and secret Santa exchanges in December. It would also be a great gift from teacher to student...providing a perfect opportunity to teach about giving back and philanthropy.

KITE (Kids Inspiring Tomorrow's Education) is a school supply company that gives back based on a "one-for-one" model. For every pencil pack purchased, KITE provides one to a child in need. Hard to believe, 13 million kids in the US don’t have access to basic school supplies, with millions more children around the world facing the same issue.  

KITE is starting with pencils but hopes to develop a full line of school supplies, and help make the image of an education a reality for children around the world.  They give both domestically and internationally and partner with organizations and schools on the ground to distribute supplies.  

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