More and more consumers report that they prefer brands with a clear social purpose. Millennials especially want brands that donate to charities and make an impact on the world around us. In fact, they’re likely to spend more money supporting a business or organization that gives back in some way.
This is true for everything from where people shop for food to clothing and accessories. So the next time you’re looking for a nice piece of jewelry for yourself, your girlfriend, your mom, your brother, etc, consider supporting a brand that vies back.
Need some ideas? Here are 7 businesses that create inspirational jewelry for a cause.
1. Tiny Tags
Tiny Tags is known for delicate and high-quality necklaces and bracelets. For one of their jewelry lines, they teamed up with the MaxLove Project.
The MaxLove Project is an organization that raises awareness and funds to support kids diagnosed with cancer. They work to support kids and families impacted by childhood cancer before and after diagnosis.
The Tiny Tags collaboration created a gorgeous, one-size-fits-all sterling silver bracelet with a single charm. The charm has a small gold heart with the words “MaxLove Project” and “Love . Hope . Thrive” engraved onto the charm.
The best part? 100% of the proceeds from this bracelets are donated directly to the MaxLove Project.
2. Starfish Project
Remember that old adage where a boy is walking a beach with thousands of beached starfish, throwing them back one by one? In that story, a man approaches the boy and says that he can’t make a difference doing that.
After he throws another starfish back in the ocean, the boy responds, “I made a difference for that one.”
That story is what inspires the brand the Starfish Project. Their cause is to help women and girls trapped in human and sex trafficking in Asia.
Every piece of jewelry sold goes to supporting what they call their “Holistic Care Program” that provides education, new jobs, and an escape to these exploited women and girls. Your money will also go towards food, shelter, protection, healthcare, and financial support to these women and children.
3. Your Soul Purpose
Your Soul Purpose is a jewelry brand that sells charms, bracelets, and bangles. The pieces themselves are gorgeous, but this inspirational jewelry also works to support a wide number of charities and humanitarian projects.
This brand is a bit different than the others we’ve gone over so far since it helps support various causes instead of a singular one by teaming up with various organizations.
Right now, 10% of your purchase of their “well-constructed bracelet” will go towards building wells in Ghana. You can also purchase their “Kinshapes” bracelet to support STEM education for minorities around the world.
Keep checking back to see exactly what your purchase will be going towards to see if you can support something you’re super passionate about!
4. Pura Vida Bracelets
Pura Vida makes handmade colorful bracelets. The company itself creates hundreds of employment opportunities for local artists and artisans all over the world.
Not only that, but they also donate a percentage of their profits to various charities. Since their start, they’ve donated over 1.5 million dollars to 170 different charities!
And despite the name, they sell more than bracelets! They also have rings, necklaces, anklets, accessories, and even clothing. They all have a beachy boho vibe, which makes sense when you learn the company was founded in Costa Rica.
5. Ivory Ella
In 1990, there were over 1.3 million African elephants in the world. Because of poaching, hunting, and environmental changes, only an estimated 420,000 are left.
Ivory Ella is working to protect the elephants still left and help rebuild the species as a whole. They donate 10% of their profits to the charity “Save the Elephants”.
They’re most famous for their elephant themed charms and bracelets, but they also sell other types of jewelry, clothing, accessories, phone cases, and more.
6. ALEX AND ANI x David Lynch Foundation
ALEX AND ANI the bracelet and charm company teamed up with the David Lynch Foundation to create their limited edition “Meditating Eye” necklace and bracelet. They’ll donate 20% of the purchase price to the David Lynch Foundation that works to give victims strategies to work through their trauma through meditation.
This is a limited edition item, though, so be sure to grab your before the run ends in June 2019! ALEX AND ANI do this periodically with many charitable organizations, so check back on their site to learn about new ways to give.
7. BoxLunch Jewelry
Box Lunch creates cute and trendy pop-culture themed jewelry. For example, some of their best sellers are their Disney collections, a “That’s What She Said” necklace, and Harry Potter themed options.
With every 10 dollars you spend, BoxLunch donates a meal to the charity Feeding America. Through this work, they’ve donated over 20 million meals to some of the over 41 million people in America facing hunger.
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Remember: the way you spend your money shows what you do and do not support. Just as you wouldn’t want to support a company that’s discriminatory or that damages a local community, you do want to support companies that make a positive impact on the community and the world.
That’s exactly what you’re doing when you support these businesses that create inspirational jewelry with a cause. If you’re going to buy jewelry anyway, why not buy it through a company that will make a difference?
Looking for other ways you can make a positive impact on the world? Consider going vegan for ethical and environmental reasons! Check out our guide on how to go vegan to get started.
Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers. Read more by checking out her website at RachelSlifka.com.