Shop with your heart Holiday Gift Guide: Women’s Accessories

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Krochet Kids, The Marie Infinity Scarf (also available in Deep Green, Butterscotch and Black) Handmade in Peru
Why? Started by three guys who took their love of crocheting (that statement alone is reason to support them) to Uganda and Peru to help create sustainable employment and empowerment. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future.

2 – Toms, Windward Sunglasses in Tortoise with Light Blue
Why? With every purchase, Toms will help give sight to a person in need, in the form of a pair of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical treatment (in partnership with Seva Foundation). And in addition, they are donating $10 for every eyewear and $5 for shoe purchases to Save the Children to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

3 – Rural Revolution, Jaya Lemon Clutch from Indonesia or purchase from Roozt.
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. We believe in partnering with established co-ops when possible and forming new ones when needed. Currently they are working with artisans in Ethopia, India, Indonesia, New Orleans, and more.

4 – Noonday Collection, Zip Up Wrap
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among other. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.

5 – Roma Boots, Glossy Navy boots or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Roma Provisions combines fashion with charity to fight the cycle of poverty afflicting street children and orphans by bringing them hope, love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to a child in need.

6 – Out of Print, The Great Gatsby eBook cover
Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.

7 – IndoSole, Women’s Pantai Beach Shoe in Marigold (also available in natural, cobalt blue and black) or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Each pair of sandals/shoes is hand-made with love, using old motorbike tires, and possess a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them.

8 – Better Life Bags, The Alicia Clutch (you can customize with their huge fabric selection)
Why? Located in Detroit, they hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

 

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One Member, One Meal. Join Roozt and feed someone!

Roozt. You had me at your new tagline: Bringin’ Sexy Back to Giving Back!

Seriously. That’s awesome.

Roozt is an online marketplace that pulls together socially responsible brands in one place. Every brand has a story. And you can even shop by region to ensure where your purchasing power is making a difference.

Launched today, every member that joins Roozt will provide a meal to one American in need. One Member, One Meal.

Roozt’s One Member, One Meal program is in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. To learn more, check out FeedingAmerica.org.

Their goal is to provide one million meals over the next 12 months. All you need to do is sign up as a member (totally free) and one meal will be distributed through Feeding America. Quite simple!

Though, I have to say, this is one of my least favorite ways to give because you are so detached from the solution. But anything is better than nothing!

Go to Roozt to sign up today – and feed someone! (And once you sign up, go check out Indosole…)

Purposeful shopping: Indosole’s Soles with a Soul

I came across Brent Freeman’s (Roozt.com* founder) Inc.com article¬† featuring 5 companies that are changing the world for the better with their business and social change model. I highly recommend the article (read it here), but one company in particular really struck me was Indosole.

The materials used in Indosole products are consciously sourced from the islands of Indonesia. The footwear soles are derived from old motorbike tires, which are salvaged directly from landfills, sanitized, and then transformed into fashionable and functional footwear. Our workshops use crafting methods that are unique to Indosole. Each pair of sandals/shoes is hand-made with love and possess a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them.

via Indosole (Process)

Using native materials? Check.

Re-purposing tires that would otherwise sit in a landfill? Check.

Employing local Balinese artisans? Check.

And on top of it, the shoes are fashionable and functional. These marigold beauties are going on my wishlist…

Indosole Pantai Marigold*Roozt.com is an online shopping mecca featuring the products of entrepreneurs whose main focus is social responsibility. Want to shop with a purpose? Go here.