Spend Your Dollars, Save the World
Happy Endangered Species Day 2018!
Today we're celebrating endangered species day. HMR is taking a quick pause from all the wants and the gifts to celebrate companies that are making a difference in the world of conservation and species protection.
First let's talk about an unusual topic for Here's My Rent - what should you NOT be buying. Never buy products made from endangered or threatened species. That includes products made from elephants, tigers and rhinos. No ivory, no tiger skin, no rhino horns. Do not buy exotic animals as pets. Coral belongs in the sea (or on your cheeks) and not in your home. And you might love caviar, but check for sustainability and even if you have all the benjamins to spend, do not buy that beluga.
Endangered Species Day is being celebrated all over the United States today - take a minute to find an event near you and get involved. Giving back is a great way to kick your weekend off on a positive note!
1) World Wildlife Federation Gifts
When you need a gift that means a little bit more than the ordinary, WWFGifts is a great place to start.
When you donate through WWF’s Gift Center, your donation will support WWF's conservation work around the globe. From recovering critically endangered species to protecting the rainforest, gifts from WWF help protect the future.
If we are talking about companies we have a major crush on - Patagonia leads the list. The company, founded by Yvon Chouinard, grew out of a small company that created tools for climbers. For thirty years, not only has the company committed to creating quality products, but they have deeply committed to the protection of wild places and the environment. They donate time, services and at least 1% of sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world. And Patagonia also champions their Worn Wear initiative that keeps your gear in tip top shape and allows you trade in worn gear for repair - keeping it in service and out of landfills. Needless to save, we're in love with the company and we're in love with the products. Even if your idea of outdoor sports is hammock lounging, get gear for the whole family from Patagonia.
3) Endangered Species Chocolate
Endangered Species Chocolate is the first American-made chocolate using fully traceable cocoa from West Africa. A member of the Fair Trade Federation (more on them below). In addition, 10% of net profits are donated to current "GiveBack Partners" including the Rainforest Trust and the Wildlife Conversation Network. With over $1.3 million generated in three years alone, buying Endangered Species Chocolate is a huge support to helping wildlife. Did we mention its really, really delicious?
4) Fair Trade Federation
What's Fair Trade anyway? According to the Fair Trade Federation, Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Ok - so what does that mean? It means when you buy fair trade you support farmers and craftspeople in developing countries. This helps create safe working conditions, good wages and environmental responsibility. You can find fair trade products by searching the FTF database, shops like Ten Thousand Villages or Novica which is associated with National Geographic.
More than a gorgeous makeup line, Chantecaille is free of phthalates, sulphates, detergents, mineral oil, petrolatum,
palm oil, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances and GMOs. AND they are cruelty-free. Chantecaille has a deep commitment to the environment and at risk animals giving back 5% of their profits from the philanthropy line to a variety of charitable organizations.
6) LUSH Handmade Cosmetics
LUSH offers amazing products for bath, body, skincare and more. They are also hard-core believers in environmental sustainability and strongly against animal testing. LUSH has given more than $18 million dollars in charitable donations from sales of their Charity Pot and they run a program that helps purchasers recycle the LUSH packaging.
With amazing gift boxes and products that make every part of bathing fun, LUSH is a store where we're always thrilled to spend our dollars.
7) Wishbone Design Studio
Wishbone Bike utterly re-organizes when and how a kid learns to ride. In a single blow, it replaces multiple products you could have bought, broken and thrown away between ages 1 to 5. Committed to the idea of buying better things, not more things, Wishbone Design Studio creates quality products that will last through multiple kids. These are the kind of hand-me-downs we all really wanted. Wishbone aims for high social, ethical and environmental sustainability and that lands them on today's list.
8) Green Toys
California-based Green Toys creates toys that fuel imaginative play from recycled milk jugs. To date they've recycled more than 54 million milk jugs into amazing playthings. In addition, they partner with incredible organizations including Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW), powered by Environmental Working Group and NatureBridge which fosters environmental literacy to sustain our planet by providing hands-on environmental science programs for children. Because children who love the environment are the ones who will work to save it in the future.
Here's one last hurrah to all the companies who champion for sustainability, environmental causes and the protection of endangered species. This is just of few of our favorites but there are many more companies out there doing great work. If we've missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments and we'll feature them in the future on Here's My Rent.