6 Fashionable Products That Aim To Give Back With Every Purchase
The need to be wise, conscious spenders is at an all-time high. Left and right, we hear about companies and brands rethinking their strategies, and bringing their causes to the forefront, to shed light on social responsibility and address the impact their brand has to the people and on our planet.
Whether it's letting go of plastic straws to help alleviate the problem of single-use plastic or accepting donations for 2nd hand clothing to produce eco-conscious, upcycled pieces—seemingly small efforts truly make for great change! Simply caring and giving a damn, as well as getting educated on issues bigger than ourselves truly pays. It simply is the right thing to do.
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Here, we put together a couple of brand campaigns and products proudly created to support specific worthy causes spanning women's rights, sustainability, and even the LGBTQ+ community, for you to consider on your next shopping spree. Remember, every time you spend gives you the chance to either support a cause, or further the problem, so think well, and think hard!
1. Support the LGBTQ+ Community: Michael Kors' #MKGO Rainbow Capsule
Pride Month may have come to an end, but for our friends in the LGBTQ+ community, the fight continues, and the cause to alleviate inequality on many levels goes on. With Michael Kors' capsule collection especially created for the cause, for every #MKGO Rainbow Pride t-shirt sold, Michael Kors will donate 100% of profits to God's Love We Deliver—a non-profit organization and longstanding pillar of the LGBTQ+ community. This org cooks and delivers 1.8 million meals annually to those too sick to shop or cook for themselves throughout NYC. At Greenbelt 5, Central Square, Newport Mall, Power Plant Mall, Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall
“God’s Love We Deliver has always been near and dear to my heart,” says Michael Kors. “During the ’80s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was raging through New York City, they were one of the first organizations to be there for the gay community. It’s an honor to donate to them today through sales of the #MKGO Rainbow Pride T-shirt.”
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2. Support the cause to end Violence Against Women & Girls: Avon Fashions' Free as a Butterfly Watch
Did you know that 3 in 5 Filipinas have been sexually harassed in their lifetime? Or that 1 in 4 married Filipinas have been abused by their partners? Or how about most victims of online harassment are women aged 15 to 35? Now you know, and now you can do something about it.
Support this cause to help women by purchasing a beautiful Avon Fashions' "Free as a Butterfly" watch—through this, a portion (P100) of the proceeds go to AVON Philippines' partner NGOs (Women's Care Center, Inc.; Ing Makababaying Aksyon Foundation; Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation [GWAVE]; and Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children). Available through an Avon Representative or online at avonshop.ph for P899.
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3. Support Sustainable Fashion: Converse Renew Canvas Collection
Your favorite sneaker just got an eco-conscious upgrade! The iconic canvas upper is now available in 100% recycled polyester that came from used plastic bottles! The Chuck Taylor All Star, one of the world's most beloved sneaker style looks and feels the same, only this time, it gets a conscience, and helps out in the growing problem of single-use plastic.
This collection is the first part of the brand's Converse Renew strategy, which aims to develop new, innovative and more sustainable ways of creating Converse products. The material mimics the iconic cotton canvas and will be available in vibrant colors Moss Green, Ozone Blue, Wheat, Pale Putty, Black, and Jade Stone. Available at Converse Glorietta, Commonwealth, and Case Study Atelier, or log on to converse.com
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4. Support World Environment Day: Gucci Equilibrium
Curious about how one of your favorite luxury brands Gucci does on the environmental front? Welcome to Gucci Equilibrium, the brand's dedicated version of the digital EP&L (Environmental Profit & Loss). As a consumer from the outside looking in, one can now get acquainted with and assess the brand's footprint visually via an open source platform—making the link between fashion and the environment more visible and accessible.
"As a company, we strive to manage the planet’s finite resources, and build a culture of respect. At the same time, our people are also free to innovate, create, and grow. We call this state of affairs ‘Equilibrium’ – a balance of the aesthetic of what we do, with the ethics in which we believe." [via equilibrium.gucci.com]
5. Support young designers who care about the future of the planet: 42 Degrees, A Sustainable Collection by Salvatore Ferragamo
Flavia Corridori and Luciano Dimotta, two young Italian designers from Salvatore Ferragamo conceived this capsule collection of sneakers and bags. This is the result of the brand's internal competition with the theme "creating accessories with sustainable materials and consistently with the iconic style of the brand."
The collection was inspired by the brand's historical archive and from an iconic sandal, Rainbow, a model of 1938 with rainbow colors. Dubbed 42 Degrees, the collection is named after the 42nd degree, the height of the sun that makes this extraordinary optical phenomenon visible.
"The ribbon, the distinctive element of the collection, is made of shuttle fabric, dyed with a system that allows lower levels of consumption of water, fossil fuel and chemicals. It is made with a yarn obtained from an exclusive high-tech polymer, which, thanks to a mechanical and non-chemical process, transforms 100% of plastic bottles, saving water and energy and ensuring lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional polyester. The capsule backpack too has been realized with this material."
Available at Greenbelt 4, Rustan's Shangri-La, Rustan's Makati, and Solaire Resort & Casino
6. Support Filipino Goods: Kultura x Marian Rivera Collection
Upon renewing her endorsement of Filipino-focused fashion brand Kultura, actress Marian Rivera launches her new line of tees inspired by her love for local culture, flowers, and t-shirts! "I share the same values as Kultura,” she says. “That is why renewing my contract with them was a very easy decision.” The collection features seven designs in easy to style colors and styles. Available at SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier, The Podium, or log on to kulturafilipino.com
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