Charities have changed a lot over the years. Once upon a time we would simply put money in a box or buy some chocolates. Now there is a whole industry based around social change. An industry that has grown over the past few years is the “one for one” or “Buy one, Give one”. Customers will purchase an item and the company will donate the equivalent item to someone in need.
We have identified 20 companies that are doing an amazing job of the “Buy one, Give one” philosophy. Next time you go online shopping, take into consideration the companies below and give one to someone in need.
Buy one, Give One set of Scrubs
Figs manufacture and sell high quality Scrubs. For every set of scrubs sold, they will give a set to a healthcare provider in need. Figs Scrubs help reduce hospital acquired infection rate by 66% , Increases productivity by 80%, Boost confidence and morale, Ignites energy and promotes teamwork, Increases happiness by 100%, Increases patient’s trust. To date, Figs has donated over 75,000 scrub sets within in 26 countries.
Buy one, Give one Blankie
Everything specialises in Blankies for children. For every product purchased, another one is given to a child in need. From orphanages to hospitals, to poverty-stricken communities, Everything Happy has touched the lives of thousands of children.
Buy one, give one Toothbrush
Smiles Squared sell Toothbrushes. Millions of children all around the world don’t have access to basic oral health care. Their buy-one, give-one philosophy ensures that when you purchase a toothbrush, you have a direct impact. When you purchase one of their toothbrushes, they will send one to a child in need.
Buy one Anything, Give one Book
Out of Print is an online retailer with a difference. Out of Print is dedicated to celebrating their favourite stories while promoting literacy. Any product purchased from Out of Print means that a book is donated to a community in need through Books For Africa.
Buy one, Give one Soap or Water
Soapbox sell soap products. When the owner learned that soap and clean water can make all the difference in the world for millions, they chose to empower customers to make global change through everyday purchases. For every product sold, a bar of soap or a month of clean water is given to a person in need.
Buy one, Give one Soccer Ball
One World Play Project sells sporting equipment. For every ball you buy, they will donate a second ball to disadvantaged communities globally. With your help, they will bring the transformative power of play to millions of children who need it most.
Buy one, Give one Anything
B1G1 is an online marketplace that empowers you to sell your products online with the proceeds going to charity. When you’re part of B1G1, you can link the sales of your products and services to high-impact projects across the globe. Many projects in B1G1 only require a few cents to get started. You don’t need to be a large company, all you need to do is set your giving schedule that fits into your business.
8) Roma Boots
Buy one, Give one Boot
Roma Boots produces and sells boots. They are a socially conscious boot company that merges fashion with philanthropy to help impoverished children around the world. For every pair of Boots purchased from Roma, a new pair boots stuffed with educational supplies is donated to a child in need.
Buy one, Give one Light
One Million Lights is a flashlight company that has teamed up with Energizer. For $30 you will receive one flashlight and one will be donated someone in need. One Million Lights is focussing on the Nokero N233 solar light. For one day’s charge, it will deliver up to 15 hours of light.
10) Warby Parker
Buy one, Give one Pair of Glasses
Warby Parker is a trendy glasses brand. While they don’t give away a pair of glasses for every purchase, they have a different view on the Buy one-Give one approach. Instead of donating, their partners train men and women to sell glasses for ultra-affordable prices. Allowing them to earn a living and it forces their partners to sell glasses that people actually want.
Buy one, Give one Packet of Food
This Bar Saves lives sells snack bars, and very yummy ones we must add. Every year, severe acute malnutrition claims the lives of 2.6 million children. This preventable life-threatening condition currently affects 20 million children worldwide, and less than 10% of these children are receiving the treatments they need. For every bar you buy, they will give a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. Since 2013 they have donated over 780,000 packets of food to children in need.
Buy one, Give one Meal
Mealshare partners with restaurants to deliver tasty meals. Their aim is to end youth hunger. When you order a Mealshare meal from one of their partners, you get the meal just like normal and they will deliver one meal to a youth in need. To date Mealshare has donated over 675,000 Meals.
Buy one, Give one Snack Bar
Nouri makes great tasting snack bars. Nouri was created to help make the world a better place. By creating a delicious snack that’s healthy, organic and eco-friendly. Secondly by incorporating people in need at the heart of their business. Nouri have made a simple promise that for every Nouri snack bar you purchase, they will donate a meal to feed a hungry child in school.
14) Baby Teresa
Buy one, Give one Rompa
Baby Teresa sells baby outfits. The concept has always remained a simple one with Baby Teresa, you buy one you give one. By late 2015 Baby Teresa had donated to over 20 countries and had global press coverage. Baby Teresa also donates a portion of their accessories sales to provide baby formula in orphanages.
15) Bogo Bowl
Buy one, Give one Dog Food
BoGo Bowl produce and sell dog food. Bogo Bowl believe that all dogs deserve to be fed. They make it easy for dog lovers to help at-risk dogs in their own communities by buying food for their best friend. BoGo Bowel helps keep dogs in their homes, and provide food to shelters and rescues giving dogs the time they need to find the perfect family. BoGo Bowel donates a bag to shelter animals for each bag purchased.
Buy one, Give one Pair of Shoes, Sunglasses, Water or Safe Birth
Toms is one of the most well-known companies that provide a one-for-one charity through your purchases. They use business for good, through tailored products and services, logistical support and local production. Toms provides shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need. Toms has expanded past their classic canvas shoes, and now sell boots, eyeglasses and much, sold with their one-for-one donation match. Products are sold in many stores as well as online.
Buy one, Give one Bag
State sell high quality bags. The company was started to address the needs of children living in need. For every bag purchased from State, they will deliver one backpack, full of tools for success to a child in need.
Buy one, Give one Blanket, Scarf or throw
Faribault Woolen Mill is one of the last woolen mills in America. Their fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool to make blankets, throws, scarves and woolen accessories. With every purchase of a blanket, throw or scarf this Winter season you’ll help provide warmth to people in need. W
19) The Dream Bed
Buy one, Give one Bed
The Dream Bed, is just that – a Dream bed company! A good night’s sleep is the foundation for everything we do. It affects our health, happiness, success and ability to dream big. That’s why they want to share the gift of sleep with everyone. When you purchase a bed from them, someone in need will also receive a bed.
Buy one, Give one Comforter
The Company Store sells more than just homewares. They are working to bring comfort to homeless children. For over 100 years The Company Store has aimed to be more than just a business, but a positive influence in the community. They support a variety of organisations, and seek to use resources to benefit those who are in need. The Company Store will match each purchase of a comforter with a donation of one to a homeless child in America.