Product of the Month

How many drummers does it take to plant one tree?  One, if the kit is made by Drum Workshop Inc.  The company will plant one tree for every custom drum kit sold.  Their DW line sells between $1500 to $5000 (USD), and up. Its Pacific Drums & Percussion (PDP) kits are less expensive, priced between $250 to $1000 (USD). According to DW, “The plywood used from only one tree makes more than one drumset, so we actually replace far more timber than we use. Since 2002, we have planted more than 30,000 trees via American Forest’s Global Releaf program.” — Karen Bliss

M.A.C. Cosmetics 2015 Viva Glam spokesperson Miley Cyrus joins past Viva Glammers like RuPaul, Lady Gaga and Rihanna to help raise money for the company’s M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which was created in 1994.  The pop star has two branded Viva Glam items, both in hot pink.  Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick sells for $16 (USD) and Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Tinted Lipglass, which has a pearl shimmer, is $15 (USD). “Every cent of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS,” it says on the site. “Limited-edition packaging features Miley’s signature.” Buy them in stores or online here. — Karen Bliss

Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s candy line, Sugarpova, comes in a range of shapes, including lips, spiders, Porsche 911s, and, of course, tennis balls.  Flavours include pink lemonade gumballs and fruit flavoured gummies and sell for about $5.99 a pack. Launched in 2013, a portion of sales goes to her foundation “to support programs and develop partnerships with other charitable entities that work with at-risk children of all ages in the development of the child's individual strengths and talents.” Sold online and in retailers all over the world, just put in your postal or zip code to find a store near you. — Karen Bliss

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 — stalkfoundation redash 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.