55 Companies Doing It Right – Take Your Money Where Each Dollar Can Make A Difference.

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We all love shopping. Want to ensure every dollar you spend means more than the object you’re purchasing? Then buy from these companies, each of which is philanthropically inclined goal alongside their profits.

1. Headband of Hope FOR EVERY ITEM PURCHASED, ONE HEADBAND IS GIVEN TO A CHILD WITH CANCER.
2. Market Colors – Sells products that are made in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi. Head product is 100% hand made and accompanied by a product card that provides details about the African Craftsmen who made it. Proceeds go to the Craftsmen’s income.
3. Nightlight International – Committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation. This organization uses funds to help those who have been exposed to help provide them hope, intervention and assistance.
4. Rebuild Globally – employs Haitians with no jobs to re-purpose tires and trash into beautiful accessories.

5. Skyline Socks – Every pair of socks purchased donates another pair to someone in need in that city.

6. Better World Books – Every book that is purchased there is another book donated to Books for Africa or Feed the Children.
7. Yoobi – Sells colorful office and school supplies that donates supplies back to U.S. Schools in need.
8. The Company Store – For every comforter sold another is donated to a homeless child in the United States.
9. Out of Print Clothing – Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. Sells T-shirts and apparel printed with covers of classic literature, donates one book to Books for Africa for every product purchased.
10. Hand in Hand – For every bar or bottle of soap purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and a month of clean water to a child in need.
11. Faucet Face – For each of their glass water bottles purchased, Faucet Face donates the profit from the sale as well as a water filter to the clean drinking water charity
12. Twice As Warm – For every winter clothing item purchased from Twice as Warm, one is donated to a local shelter.
13. Baby Teresa – For each baby outfit purchased on Baby Teresa, an outfit is donated to another child. The company also donates a portion of their accessories sales to provide baby formula in orphanages.
14. Panda – Panda sells bamboo sunglasses and proceed from each purchase provide an eye exam and prescription glasses for school-aged children through the Optometry Giving Sight organization.
15. Roma – For each pair of Roma boots you purchase, they will donate a pair filled with school supplies to a child in need.
16. One World Play Project – For each ball purchased from the One World Play Project, a ball will be given to disadvantaged youth in communities worldwide.
17. We-Wood Watches – We-Wood plants a tree for every watch purchased.
18. Lush Charity Pot – Give a tub of body lotion made with organic, fair-trade cocoa butter and every penny of the purchase price goes to small, grassroots charities and projects working on behalf of the environment and conservation, animal protection, and for human rights.
19. Love Your Melon – Buy a hat, one will be donated to a child battling cancer.
20. Ivory Ella – A portion of every purchase goes to helping and saving the elephants.
21. Ten Tree – 10 trees are planted for every item sold.
22. Better Life Bags – Our mission is to hire women who have various barriers to employment to make our custom leather and fabric bags. They are adopted into our Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship.
23. Sand Cloud – SAND CLOUD DONATES 10% OF NET PROFITS TO PRESERVE MARINE LIFE.
24. Puravida Bracelets – Bracelets designed by fundraiser. Buy a bracelet and part of the proceeds go to your selected charity.
25. The Giving Keys – Jewelry with re-purposed keys. A company that employs those transitioning out of homelessness.
26. To Write Love On Her Arms – To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
27. Raven & Lily – Handmade from locally sourced woods and metallic leathers by marginalized women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.
28. Satya Jewelry – Part of the proceeds go towards helping children in need through out the world.
29. Cuddle and Kind– Buy a doll and feed 10 hungry children.
30. Project 7 – *Great Stocking Stuffer* the company’s primary mission is to give back to seven areas of need (save the earth, house the homeless, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, heal the sick, teach them well, and hope for peace).
31. Shopping For A Change – Shopping for a Change employs artisans in struggling communities and use the 50% of proceeds from sales to fund community improvement projects (e.g. clean water, health care, and education).
32. F.E.E.D – Every product has a number stamped on it that shows the number of meals that are being donated as a result of that purchase.
33. Sock Panda – For every pair purchased another is donated to someone in need.
34. LSTN Sound – For every product sold, proceeds are donated to help provide hearing aids to those in need around the world, Sells headphones, ear buds, speakers etc.
35. GiveScent – For every bottle of Givescent Orange sold, $2 is donated to Every Mother Counts (a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth). In addition, 5% of proceeds from Givescent Signature and Givescent Green are donated to Women International, which supports female survivors of war.
36. Noodle & Boo –   Skin care products for Mommy and baby that donate a big chunk of their profits to children’s charities like St. Jude’s, Save the Children, Keep a Child Alive, and Compassion.
37. P.S. I Adore You – a HUGE variety of products that donate a large amount of the proceeds to children battling cancer.
38. LoKai – “If you reach a peak, stay grounded by sharing your success. When you hit a low, gain perspective by helping others”. We strive for balance by donating 10% of our net profits to charitable partners. Also has Limited Time Offer bracelets for new charities.
39. Devoted To The Ocean – clothing and jewelry company that donates 20% of the proceeds to Sea Turtle Rescue and Ocean Conservation Programs.
40. Third Eye Gemstones – Each bracelet from Third Eye Gemstones provides 1,500 liters (30 days) of clean drinking water to someone in need.
41. Alex & Ani: Charity By Design – A variety different Charities to choose from. Each bracelet donates part of the proceeds to your chosen charity.
42. TOMs – every pair purchased donates a pair AND if you purchase a pair of sunglasses you are providing prescription eyewear, sight-seeing surgery or medical treatment. to someone in need around the world.
43. Barnabas – provides hospice care to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in western Kenya.
44. SoapBox Soaps – When you buy a bar of soap or a bottle of body wash , they’ll donate a bar of soap, fresh drinking water or vitamins to children around the world.
45. 2 Degree’s Food – *great stocking stuffer* gluten free, GMO free. When you purchase any bar the company donates a meal to a hungry child.
46. BOGO Bowl – Every bag of premium pet food sold, another is donated an animal shelter or pet rescue.
47. Everything Happy – Purchase an item, then choose where you want to donate another.
48. Charity Miles – AN APP!!!! You turn miles you run into real money for charity! You can
choose from 20 different charities including Stand Up to Cancer, Feeding America, and Autism Speaks. For every mile you run or walk, $.25 is donated to your chosen organization and for every mile you bike, $.10 is donated.
49. Beers Not Bombs – “Bettering the world one beer at a time” , unique bottle openers made from dismantled nuclear weapons. The company donates 20% of profits to non-profits like Doctors without Borders and the Peace Corps.
50. FROM WAR TO PEACE Sells a variety of things like Beers Not Bombs.

“WE TURN WEAPONS MEANT TO DESTROY US INTO ART MEANT TO RESTORE US, SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES, BOMBS INTO BEAUTY, HATE INTO LOVE, & WAR INTO PEACE”

51. Radiant Cosmetics – This cosmetics company donates at least 20% of their profits to anti-trafficking organizations.
52. Indego Africa – partners with women artisans in Rwanda to create products and then re-invests 100% of the profits into training programs on business development and financial literacy for these very artisans.
53. Sir Richards Condoms – This company works to promote global health by donating condoms to developing countries to help prevent the spread of disease.
54. OneHope Wine – Each bottle has a certain amount of money designated for a specific charity and then lets you pick where another portion goes.
55. Swell Blankets – For every blanket purchased, Swell Forever makes a donation to our adoption fund.
There’s plenty of options to choose from! Get shopping!

 

 

 

 

This list was compiled by Tara Murphy.

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Destroy your Television.

Destroy your Television.

The America I grew up in doesn’t exist. I would say anymore, except that in my realization that it no longer exists, I have found that the America I grew up in never existed at all. The idea of America I had growing up was just that: an idea. I don’t know if anyone else experienced things the way I did, if asked I would have to say they did not since everyone has their own perspective on things, even when put into the same situation. Nature versus nurture and all that.

The truth is every single experience you had in your life, every single word that has been spoken to you by anyone you meet, even in passing, becomes ingrained in you and therefore becomes a part of what makes you, you. The sum of my experiences has made me a person who was afraid, a person who didn’t want to speak my mind for fear of offense, a person who thought that offending someone was the worst thing someone could do.

I grew up in a politically correct mindset reinforced by institutions of our society like my school, my church and even my home. The only problem I have with this idea is that it does not work. The only people who mind what they say are people who would hardly think to say anything controversial in the first place. They don’t even think outside the politically correct way. People need to avoid political correctness – it makes us all liars. Say what you really think. If what you really think makes other people dislike you, then you have two choices. Either deal with the fact that you are greatly disliked and continue to live in your lonely little hate world, or, change the way you think.

I grew up liberal. Again, this mindset was imprinted on me from a young age, as a white girl growing up in the shadow of the Capital. I grew up believing in a Democratic system that was honorable and just. But then, I just grew up.

All of the problems society faces, global and local society alike, can be traced back to one simple fact: human beings are terrible. People are selfish, fearful of what they do not know or understand, people get comfortable with what they know and build their entire personality on a few things they learned as children, never realizing or caring that there may be another perspective, one just as valid as theirs.

You only believe what you believe because you were told to. By your parents, by the media, by your church, by your school. Everything you think you know is just something someone else, a fallible human person, told you. But you were young, you took it at face value and accepted that your elders knew better, your teachers knew better, your preacher knew better.

Well I am here to tell you one thing: They Don’t. All of these people are just that; people. they too were told everything they believe in and think by other people. Their opinions are not more correct or incorrect than yours. The conclusions you have come to over the period of our life are the product of a long equation of opinions, facts and beliefs of the people you are surrounded by and the media you have access to.

This might sound rude, or upsetting, like I am saying you do not have your own mind or your own thoughts. Let me assure you that this is not my intention. You are your own person. I just ask that you realize that everyone else on this planet is their own person too, and just like you, they think the things they think and know the things they know the exact same way you do. You may have drawn different conclusions as a result of your different life experiences, but you are no more correct than they are. Once you realize that, there is no end to the possibilities of genuine understanding you can come to have.

I realized that my opinions are just that: opinions. The only validity in those opinions is my own belief in them. I do not ask that you share my opinions. But, I will share them with you as I have the right to do so. As do you.

I do not identify as a democrat, a republican, a liberal or a conservative. I do not identify with being an “American”, yes I was born in America and hold American citizenship. However the America that I, in my heart, belong to – does not exist.

It is an idea.

Ideas can be powerful if enough people believe in them. The key to all this is to realize that no matter how many people stand behind an idea, have a fervent belief in it, or how badly they may want to make that idea a reality, none of this makes it the right idea. Ideas can become reality if put into practice by enough people. Even small groups of people can create their own reality out of their shared believe in an idea. The problem occurs when too many people share the wrong idea.

The best example, and most relevant one I can think of at the moment is HATE. Hate is an idea. The idea that you are better than someone or something, that you harbor negative emotions toward it/them and that causes you to hate them. Then you find a bunch of other Haters, who validate your idea that you hate them. Then this group of people begin actively hating on whatever or whoever they jointly hate.

All I have to say is, ENOUGH. Enough. No, seriously, STOP. Your idea is terrible. Your idea of America is terrible. I do not want to live in that country. MY America, the America I so desperately wish I grew up in, and could live in and raise children in, the America that I would be PROUD to say I was a citizen of, the America that would make me feel like an American – Does Not Hate. Yes, it protects its citizens from enemies foreign and domestic, or rather the citizens are capable of their own protection and band together when necessary.

My America is tolerant. No one person has the right to tell another what to do. Yes, there are laws agreed upon by a majority (not paid for by special interests and lobbyists). There are plenty of laws we can get 99% agreement on. These should pretty much be the only laws. Like, hey, don’t kill people. Don’t steal shit that isn’t yours. Don’t pollute air and waters that other people need to breath and drink. Don’t force yourself on someone who doesn’t want you. Basically – do no harm. These are things we all agree increase our safety as a group (the group known as Americans). There are other things we can agree on that can become societal norms but have no business being laws.

My America is kind. Not liking something someone else is doing is fine. You do not have to like it. You can even say that you don’t like it, you can avoid being around it. However, you do not get to be upset if someone thinks you are an asshole because you don’t like it. They have just as much of a right to think you are an asshole as you have the right to not like what they are doing. Not liking what someone else does, does NOT give you the right to take over their lives and ensure they cannot do the thing you don’t like, simply because you don’t like it. GROW UP.

My America is Christian. The REAL Christianity. Love thy neighbor. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Which means – and get ready for this because it is a little radical – LOVE other people. All of them. Do not judge other people. It is not your place to do so. Have your own personal relationship with God, your relationship with God is none of my business, that is between you and God. The ONLY thing Christians should worry about is their own personal relationship with God. If you look in the mirror and see a person who helps others, gives to the needy and the poor, does everything they have the power to do to ensure the people around them are happy and healthy, or at least have a non-judgmental someone to come to when they are in crisis, you are a Christian in My America.

If instead you see someone who hoards money, who scoffs at the needy, who kicks people when they are down in the name of capitalism and “good business”, you are NOT a Christian, you are a douche.

My America promotes individualism, creativity, education, science, mathematics, community, family, love, friendship, understanding, joy, perseverance, love, fellowship, wonder, imagination, free thinking, freedom and love. Nowhere in this description are the words hate, war, bigotry, separatism, capitalism, hate, chauvinism, any ism, or hate.

Is this not an America we can all agree on? An idea we can all get behind? It only takes a majority belief in an idea to create reality. Know the idea, live the idea and the idea becomes real. Come with me, My America is already GREAT, we just need to get there.

//end rant.

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The “StEin”/”StAin” Conundrum

Hello Internet Universe. My name is Megan, and I am not from here. After much confusion, research and discussion, I have discovered that this current reality was not always MY reality. I am from another Universe entirely, though one closely related to this one. Put simply, I am from an Alternate Reality.

I know, I know, crazy right? But honestly, this seems to me to fulfill Occam’s Razor – the simplest answer is usually the right one. Why do I think that being from another reality is the simplest answer? Let me explain.

I was born in 1987, in Northern Virginia, close to our nation’s Capital. I am now 29 years old, and still have very vivid childhood memories. I spent most holidays and summers at my Grandparents farm with extended family, or traveling the country in my parents RV. My sister and I were home schooled for three years, our mother being our teacher. My mother made a point to give us a classroom, maps and all manner of books. I loved books growing up,  and would read and re-read books that I especially liked. One of my favorite series when I was young was The Berenstein Bears. The series even had a TV show, which originally ran from 1985 to 1987, though several stations ran re-runs up until i was around 10 in 1998. I remember the theme song, the large bubble letters at the opening, and the spelling and pronunciation of Berenstein, with what I consider to be VIVID accuracy. Much to my confusion, it was recently pointed out to me that one of my most beloved series was actually The Berenstain Bears. BerenstAin. I was utterly befuddled. I was expressly taught the correct pronunciation of words growing up, one of the reasons that today I have was is referred to as a “non-regional diction,” in that, I do not have an accent.

I started wondering if I had simply remembered wrong. I tried to find pictures online of the old books I remember as a child, video clips of the show, anything that would prove that it was, in fact, BerenstEin. While I did not succeed in this endeavor, I did find something else. I was not alone. Hundreds of people have expressed in different blogs and comments that they too recalled BerenstEin, and were as certain as I was that the correct spelling and pronunciation was with an “E”.

How could this be? How could so many people recall a memory that was seemingly false? I began doing some more digging and discovered a theory called The Mandela Effect. Apparently, there are thousands of people with the exact same supposedly wrong memory. Over a series of different topics and historical events, while the majority remember things as they would be if you were to look them up right now, a large minority remember things differently. Some of the memories cataloged on The Mandela Effect’s website, linked above, are subtle changes like the E or A in Berenstein, whether or not Curious George has a tail (he does not, in this reality, though I remember him having a tail and the theme song that referred to him as a curious little monkey), while others are larger historical changes, like whether Nelson Mandela died in prison, or was released and became a great leader. The thing that gets me though, is the sheer number of people, who have never met each  other, all have the exact same wrong memory. Details like News headlines, seeing the televised funerals of people who, in this reality are still living.

If everyone around me told me it was A and it always had been, I may write that off as myself being forgetful, it must have been A, I am just remembering it wrong. But when 85% of the people you ask which spelling they remember, they say BerenstEin, and they are sure, and completely floored when told that no, in fact it is A and always has been. I have seen reactions to this something akin to an existential crisis, as my personal reaction was. There is no way I remember this wrong.

So tell me, internet humans, do you remember E or A? Does Curious George have a tail? Are there things you remember in such detail, yet no one seems to remember whatever it was actually happening? Is this a mass delusion on a global scale that happens to span a series of topics and memories? Or is it possible that some people’s consciousness’ shifted from one reality to another, causing them to remember a childhood that occurred elsewhere?

 

Please leave your comments, or any strange memories you have that you are certain happened despite what others may tell you.