For the most part, there are just too many products in America—too many things to buy, too many things to advertise.
Thankfully, not all products are created equal. Some are made by great people for really good causes.
Here are just a few of our favorites. After all, if you have to buy stuff, why not buy stuff that actually helps make a difference?
###1. Sseko Sandals
The vision of Sseko is to employ “high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment.” Their collection of accessories and footwear is all designed and made by artisans in Africa.
###2. Project 7 Gum
Project 7 makes delicious gum and mints, and they partner with a group of nonprofit organizations so that revenue from their products helps give food, housing and education to people in need.
###3. Krochet Kids Hats
Krochet Kids employs women in developing countries, connecting them with professional mentorship programs. And, with Krochet Kids, you know exactly who made your clothes: Every piece of clothing is hand-signed.
###4. Miir Water Bottles
Miir steel water bottles are a sleek way to carry around your hydration source, but the company is known for more than just their bright bottles. For every vessel sold, one person receives clean water through well-building projects.
###5. HERO Bikes
A nonprofit dedicated to ending rural poverty, HERO is known for their bamboo bikes. But HERO’s larger mission is to provide “job training, affordable housing and economic development to build strong communities.”