As an unprecedented (are you tired of that word yet?) year comes to a close, we wanted to share brands in this second edition of Inspiration Hour that give back to the communities around us throughout the year. Whether you’re on the search for the perfect holiday gift or looking to treat yourself with a do-good gift, this list is for you.
East 29th is a Vancouver-based skincare company that combines skincare with self-care to create a movement that embodies being softer inside and out. Their Vital Serum is designed to simplify your routine as an essential all-in-one serum with key ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Lemon Rind Extract and Vitamins C & E. East 29th has partnered with the Trevor Project which is the leading national organization providing crisis and intervention and suicide prevention services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) folx. If you choose to donate after checkout, East 29th will then email you a discount code for your next purchase.
Blue Ruby Jewelry
Blue Ruby’s Cause We Care collection donates 100% of proceeds to Vancouver’s Cause We Care, which supports single mothers and children in need. Their bracelets retail from $20 to $125 and are available for purchase at all Blue Ruby locations. Cause We Care provides financial grants to single mothers going back to school or enrolling in job training programs to help make a better life for themselves and their families.
Stripped Wax Bar is Vancouver’s leading waxing-only line of salons that specialize in at-home wax kits, smooth skin essentials and down-there care as part of their Stripped Lab product lineup. Stripped Wax Bar started the Down-There Care Project which donates basic feminine hygiene products to those in need. With every purchase of their Southern Comfort Feminine Wash they give a care kit to a local women’s shelter.
This vegan, handmade and fresh-focused cosmetics company has always been one of our favourite brands. With every purchase of a Charity Pot, Lush donates 100% of proceeds to human rights, animal protection and environmental justice organizations. Since they launched the Charity Pot in 2009, they have sold 3.5 million Charity Pot Body Lotions, raising $50 million to support 1,850 projects in North America.
With the purchase of their Giving Toque, Local Laundry will give a new toque to homeless organizations across Canada. To date they have donated over 1,500 toques to organizations such as The Calgary Drop-In Centre, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, and Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto. They have also committed to donating 10% of their profits to local charities and have donated more than $40,000 around Canada.
As more brands add social mandates to their mission and products that do good (a trend we love), it was impossible to add all of our favourites. What would you like to see from us in our next Inspiration Hour?