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Charitable brands give back, serve as alternate gifts

Compiled by Ryeri Lim

The company “International Sanctuary” commissions a wide range of elegantly wearable accessories, hand- crafted by survivors of sex trafficking and slavery. 100 percent of the proceeds fund education, medical care and business ventures for survivors as far away as Mumbai and as close to home as Orange County.

 

Sseko | www.ssekodesigns.com

Based in Uganda, Sseko employs undergraduate and graduate women to create diverse collections of footwear, bags, wallets, scarves and jewelry. 50 percent of the individual salary goes into a scholarship fund that is not accessible by others, providing women with job opportunities and financial aid.

 

STATE Bags | www.statebags.com

For every sophisticated canvas or cotton backpack purchased from STATE, one filled with “essential tools for success” is given to an American child in an at-risk neighborhood. This exchange occurs through “Bag Drops,” which are motivational, educational rallies created by child development specialists.

United by Blue | www.unitedbyblue.com

Its flagship location not only specializes in durable, insulated outerwear, but also runs a café within the retail store. Moreover, for every product purchased, United By Blue removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company-organized cleanups.

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