Today is Giving Tuesday, so my inbox and social media feeds have been flooded with requests for donations. This got me thinking about giving and ways to give that are built into everyday life. I’m not talking about service opportunities or time spent as a scout leader or school volunteer – that’s a whole other discussion. I’m talking about products and services (and sometimes whole companies) that are set up to donate a portion of their proceeds to a charity or effort.
I’m sure there are many more out there, but here are things that I use or buy that I know give back. These are things that have been easy to set up and use and don’t really cost me anything (although, arguably, some of the products may cost more than generics).
I recently changed my internet search tool. I didn’t see a downside to this. It didn’t cost me anything, and I’ve still been able to successfully find things on the internet. According to their website, they are a carbon neutral company that runs on renewable energy. They also give back a hunk of their profits to plant trees around the world. (https://www.ecosia.org)
A while ago, I signed up with Amazon Smile. I confess I’m not as good at using this as I should be. When you shop through the Amazon Smile link, a portion of your purchases goes back to the charity you’re supporting. When you visit for the first time, it has you pick your charity. From then on, it shows you which charity you are supporting and gives you the option to change it. (https://smile.amazon.com)
One of my favorite products that gives back is Just Peachy Salsa. The product uses peaches that would otherwise be thrown away, and proceeds from the sale of the salsa goes back to the South Jersey Food Bank. I love the taste of the salsa, so this is a win-win-win. (https://foodbanksj.org/justpeachysalsa)
Campbell’s also has some info on this salsa and what it’s done for the community here: https://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/newsroom/news/2016/10/21/just-peachy-giving-seconds-second-life.
Newman’s Own is an entire food line that gives back. I don’t buy their products all the time, but I do buy them from time to time. They’re always good quality, and I like knowing that their profits contribute to good causes. (https://newmansown.com)
EnviroKidz cereals are named after the animals their proceeds help, like Panda Puffs and Koala Crisp. My kids loved these cereals when they were younger, and they still sometimes request a box. I like that they’re organic, with no artificial flavors or colors. And 1% of their sales go to partner organizations like the Australian Koala Foundation. (www.naturespath.com/en-us/envirokidz)
My daughter recently told me about her new discovery – KodiakCakes power waffles. She’s away at college, so I haven’t tasted these myself, but I like the idea of them. They’re made with whole grains, and a portion of their proceeds goes towards organizations that help with wildlife conservation. I also love that she was excited to tell me about them – not only because they taste good, but because they give back to a good cause. (https://kodiakcakes.com)
I know there are many more companies and products out there that have giving back built in to them. I’d love to hear if you have a favorite. If I haven’t tried them, I’ll be sure to check them out.