Product of the Month
Decade-old fashion label Obakki has a philanthropic counterpart that has built more than 400 water wells and 12 schools in South Sudan and Cameroon. Founded by Vancouver-based Treana Peake, she is presently selling 500 limited-edition Scarves for Water for $29 a piece to build a clean water well for a specific village. Each of the eight colours benefits a different village — stalk, foundation red, ash and noir are still available, meaning the others are sold out — and a well will be built there. “100% of the net proceeds go toward our projects,” it says on the site. The lightweight scarf is 130cm x 130cm and made from 65% rayon and 35% modal. Buy them here and read about each village. — Karen Bliss
Canadian Tire sells two auto products with a portion of the proceeds going to support breast cancer research. The Pink Ribbon Seat Cover is black with light pink accent stripes and a small pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. It is one size fits all. The Pink Ribbon Floor Mat is a black all-season floor mat with a small pink ribbon logo. It fits most vehicles and can be trimmed for custom fit; it also had an enhanced heel pad. The seat cover sells for $29.99 and the car mat for $19.99. Prices are for one piece. Both come with a 1-year exchange warranty redeemable at any Canadian Tire store. — Karen Bliss
Here’s a product most people need to store everything from snacks to do-dads, even those loose business cards you've collected. Purchase Ziplic storage bags (April 10 to 16) at any Canadian Tire nationwide and $1 from each sale will be donated to the company’s Jumpstart program to help kids play sports (up to a maximum of $20,000). The bags are also 15 percent off, retailing for $3.13 to $8.74 depending on the size. Jumpstart gives kids from families in financial need the chance to participate in organized sports — Karen Bliss
TOMS, known for its one for one business model, has added bags to its inventory of shoes and glasses. For every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth kit to women in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti and India. The kit contains soap, gloves, gauze, a cord clamp, surgical blade and a clean surface to help a woman safely give birth. In Canada, seven bags are presently available online and in select retailers, all women’s styles, five totes ($86, $108, $208) and two drawstring ($86). In the U.S., additional styles for women and men include duffle, backpack, crossbody, even tablet cases, wallets and pencil cases, ranging in price from $28 to $248. — Karen Bliss
If you’re close to a Starbucks — and who isn’t? — and need to grab a bottle of water, why not make a point of purchasing Ethos Water, whose mission is “helping children get clean water” and raising awareness about the water crisis? For less than $2 for a 700ml bottle, 5-cents in America, or 10-cents in Canada, will go to the Ethos Water Fund, a subsidary of the Starbucks Foundation (the coffee retailer purchased the for-profit company from its founders in 2005). To date, “more than $7.38 million has been granted to help support water, sanitation and hygiene education programs in water-stressed countries – benefiting more than 430,000 people around the world,” it says on the web site. — Karen Bliss
Denim for Hope jeans are an exclusive collection from long-standing clothing retailer Jean Machine, in partnership with Montreal’s Second denim. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Plan Canada’s Because I Am A Girl to help improve the lives of women and girls in the developing world. Retailing for $99.99, there are eight styles available, including high-rise and mid-rise skinny in such colours as sand, oatmeal, classic blue and dark. Every pair features a signature Denim For Hope label with heart detail. Buy them here. — Karen Bliss
Flash tattoos are glittery gorgeous temporary tattoos that last for about 4 to 6 days. While they come in an array of metallic designs, the U.S. company has one collection, Sheebani, from which 5 percent of the proceeds go to The Miracle Foundation. The non-profit, based in India, partners with existing orphanages that are struggling to feed, clothe and educate their children. The Sheebani Flash Tattoos package sells online for $25 for four sheets, which contain many different henna-design inspired styles, including an elephant. —Karen Bliss.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plant-derived cosmetic line Aveda is hoping to raise $305,000 through the sale of a limited edition Hand Relief moisturizing crème. The sizeable tube (5 fl oz) — with a pink cap and band of pink containing the charity info and BCA pink ribbon — sells for $26 (CAD), $4 (U.S.) of which goes to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The cream contains its “calming shampure aroma” and is just thick enough that a little goes a long way and emits an awakening scent. Pick it up in stores or online. —Karen Bliss.
Launching Sept. 12, every penny from the sale of Lush’s new Charity Pot goes to charity. The fresh handmade cosmetics company sells the large Hand and Body Lotion for $25.95 (225g) and smaller one for $6.95 (45g). The lid of the pot has a sticker with one of the recipient charities on it and a brief description and link. Charity Pot was launched in 2007 and to date has given $11.8 million to 400 grassroots charities in 35 countries. The lotion is a “sweet delicately floral moisturizer.” Buy in stores or online. — Karen Bliss.
After extreme anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church targeted Panic! At The Disco by creating a parody of their 2006 song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and showing up to picket their Kansas City concert last month with their “God Hates Fags” nonsense, the band not only donated money to Human Right Campaign — which works for equal rights for the LGBT community — but is now selling limited-edition T-shirts for $25. All the money goes to HRC. One reads: Boys Love Boys And Girls; the other Girls Love Girls And Boys. Buy them here. — Karen Bliss.
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