Is your resolution to help better the world in 2016? Although it's a big, albeit intimidating mission, you can start small by shopping these beauty and fashion products that give back and can change lives forever. Whether it's a necklace that contributes to ovarian breast cancer screenings or a bracelet that fights to protect at-risk women from sex trafficking, each one of these items is far more than the product you'll receive. And considering we've just wrapped up the season of giving, what could be better than carrying the message on in the new year?
It's incredible how many brands out there are doing something special to serve humanity and the planet in a meaningful way through their products, and I've had a blast scouting out some of the coolest ones in the fashion and beauty world to give as gifts this year. The stories and causes behind each of the items below are truly touching, and knowing you're supporting something bigger than yourself through the dollars you spent is immensely rewarding!
If you've still got some holiday gift money left to use, what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a special treasure that makes the world a better place? Sounds like the best way to kick off 2016.
1. Stevie Necklace From Kiss & Wear
Stevie Necklace, $95, KissAndWear
This elegant and adorable fish necklace features a Swarovski crystal eye with glass encased in14K yellow gold-plated metal. What makes it even more special, though, is that ten percent of proceed go to Bright Pink, which is "the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women."
2. Courage Wrap Bracelet From Dogeared + Penh Lenh
Courage Wrap Bracelet, $36, Dogeared + Penh Lenh
Dogeared created a beautiful necklace and bracelet collaboration with Penh Lenh, "a Cambodian-based social enterprise that empowers young women through education, and healing" under the anti-trafficking organization Hope For Justice.
The courage wrap bracelet is my favorite, but every single piece in the collaborative collection is absolutely stunning.
3. Snow Leopard "The Red List" Watch From Q&Q
Snow Leopard Watch, $37.50, Q&Q
This beautiful solar-powered snow leopard watch (part of a collection also featuring Nigerian giraffe, Philippine crocodile, Grevy's zebra, Sumatran tiger, green peafowl, and Burmese python watches) raises awareness for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) "Red List" endangered species, and part of the proceeds will go toward the IUCN's efforts to protect the animals.
4. Upcycled Reusable Shopping Bag From Rice Love Bags
Upcycled Reusable Shopping Bag, $30, RiceLoveBags
For every sustainably upcycled rice bag made you purchase made under fair trade standards, Rice Love Bags gives a kilo of rice to a family in need in India.
5. Shimmer Hoop Earrings From Purpose Jewelry
Shimmer Hoop Earrings, $24, Purpose Jewelry
Each pair of these earrings available in both gold and silver were handcrafted by a survivor of modern-day slavery and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly toward International Sanctuary, a non-profit dedicated to providing holistic care for young women rescued from from the horrific experience of sex trafficking.
6. Ring Bar Rings From FashionABLE
Ring Bar V Midi Ring, $15, FashionABLE
All available in 14K gold fill, sterling silver, and 14k rose gold fill, each ring purchase supports and creates jobs for women all over the world overcoming challenges from prostitution to addiction and beyond.
7. Classic Necklace From The Giving Keys
Classic Necklace, $39, The Giving Keys
The point of these keys is to pick a meaningful word to engrave in it, and then pass the necklace along to another when the time is right. If you pick the word "hope," ten percent of the proceeds go to The Giving Key's non-profit partner dedicated to providing resources for homeless and low-income individuals, Chrysalis.
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