Product of the Month
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.
Body Bijou’s handmade jewelry is designed by 14-year-old Torontonian Linda Manziaris. The pieces are stunning and unique — from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to chains for the waist, legs and shoulders — priced between $40 and $240. The best part? Fifty percent of the net profits are donated to Girls Helping Girls, a registered charity to help girls in need attend school, that was founded by Linda’s teen sister Susanna. “Your Body Bijou purchase is a force for change and is contributing to the empowerment of women and girls around the world,” it says on the web site. — Karen Bliss.
Amy Winehouse’s family set up the Foundation in the singer’s name shortly after her tragic death in 2011 at age 27. Amy, My Daughter, a biography written by her father Mitch Winehouse, was released in 2012 by HarperCollins. All proceeds from the 320-page book — a No.1 Sunday Times best-seller — go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which “works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people,” he writes on the website. “We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.” A different photo appears on the cover, depending on the market. — K.B.
Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with Teavana, owned by Starbucks Corp., to create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos,” In North America, Starbucks will make a donation for each Teavana Oprah Chai Tea product sold at Starbucks or Teavana to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which benefits educational opportunities for youth. There are handcrafted beverages, tins of tea, a large gift set or just the loose leaf. Click here to see donation amounts and to purchase online. — KB
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