5 Things You Can Buy That Can Help Make The World Better

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Maybe you’re searching for the perfect birthday, anniversary, or holiday gift for that special someone in your life. Or you’re looking to pick up something for yourself that’ll update your decor, upgrade your wardrobe, maybe upend an otherwise bad day. Now imagine finding the perfect item and learning that the proceeds from buying it can help those in need. That’s not just upselling — that’s buying power that’s totally uplifting!

1. Warby Parker

It’s easy to see why this company is a favorite for those looking to buy stylish glasses, whether they’re regular, prescription, everyday, or sun-ready. Their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program empowers adult men and women with training opportunities to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for ultra-affordable prices. In addition, the program enables giving vision care and glasses to school-age children in their classrooms, where teachers are often the first to spot issues.

2. AmazonSmile

Suddenly, it all just clicks: You can go to Amazon, make your purchase, and help a charity all at the same time. When you visit AmazonSmile, you can choose a participating charity that will be linked to your account; Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of any of your eligible purchases. If you prefer, you can pick your own favorite charity instead of one of the organizations featured on Amazon.

3. State Bags

We can’t resist saying it: Helping others is in the bag. Literally. For every State bag purchased, the company will support American children and families in need. State’s giving initiatives include donating fully-packed backpacks at bag drop rallies, supporting #WhatDoWeTellTheKids activations, and special projects with partner charities and schools.

4. Better World Books

Talk about starting a new chapter in someone’s life. For every book sold on BetterWorldBooks.com, the company donates a book to someone in need. To date, Better World Books has donated millions of books, helping to bring information, entertainment, and education to the masses.

5. The Company Store

It’s comforting to know that not every company is all about profits. Since 2011, The Company Store and Company Kids have worked with charitable organizations across the United States to donate thousands of comforters to homeless children. Through the Buy One, Give One program, the company has donated a comforter to a child with every comforter purchased from the website or catalog.

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Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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