This week I thought I would share some of my favorite socially responsible apparel companies with you. These companies are brave enough to challenge the conventional business plan, and by doing so, stand out amongst the rest.
This up-and-coming company has 7 core values: selfness, excellence, responsible, visionary, inspirational, creativity, and empowering. With almost 50 stores, the company gives back 1% of all sales to local and international charities (and on Monday’s, 10% of net proceeds go to different charities each month). Isn’t that awesome?
Sevenly began in 2011 and they’ve already raised over 4 million dollars for many different charities. Their mission is to “lead(ing) a generation towards generosity”. The product has an Urban Outfitters feel, but with every product you buy $7 goes toward charity! What’s not to love about that?
Lauren Bush Lauren is incredible. She founded FEED in 2007 and since then has given 87 million meals to people in need with the help of the World Food Programme and Feeding America. On her website, you’ll find simple, utilitarian style clothing and accessories. Each product has a number associated with it, signifying the number of individuals your purchase provides meals for.
Though you might not initially think of Alex and Ani as a social business, you’ll take a second look if you learn where their product comes from. The company uses recycled metals to make a majority of their jewelry. Additionally, their Charity by Design collection gives a portion of the proceeds to multiple non-profits. To top it off, it’s all made in America.