The Iconic Edition
Advice
|6 Nov|7 mins

Life Hack: How To Do Good This Christmas

See real change for your Christmas dollar.
Elle Glass
6 Nov
Share:

Christmas time is a time of joy, of giving and of having leftovers that will see you eating ham for three weeks straight. All in all, a good time, no? And that good should extend to the gift stakes.

If your Christmas is anything like ours, no doubt you’re still getting a Santa sack full of things you absolutely do not need and will 9/10 times drop to the local charity shop on your Uber ride home.

As we're waking up, and fast, to the desperate need for conscious consumerism, this season, and forever more, it’s not just about buying better, but about the give-back. There are all sorts of brands going the extra mile to give back, be it to the community and it's those brands that are making an appearance on our wish list this year.

So, how can you see real change for your Christmas dollar?

Advice
|6 Nov|7 mins

Life Hack: How To Do Good This Christmas

See real change for your Christmas dollar.
Elle Glass
6 Nov
Share:

Christmas time is a time of joy, of giving and of having leftovers that will see you eating ham for three weeks straight. All in all, a good time, no? And that good should extend to the gift stakes.

If your Christmas is anything like ours, no doubt you’re still getting a Santa sack full of things you absolutely do not need and will 9/10 times drop to the local charity shop on your Uber ride home.

As we're waking up, and fast, to the desperate need for conscious consumerism, this season, and forever more, it’s not just about buying better, but about the give-back. There are all sorts of brands going the extra mile to give back, be it to the community and it's those brands that are making an appearance on our wish list this year.

So, how can you see real change for your Christmas dollar?

A favourite of our girl crush Meghan Markle, Outland Denim offers sustainable and much-needed training and employment opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Markle’s favouritism of their Harriet jeans, made a difference to more than their bottom line:

“This quiet, dignified, but determined support for our brand – and the humanitarian cause it represents – means the world to us, to our beautiful seamstresses, and to the 15 young women who are now feeling the empowerment of employment thanks to the 'Markle Effect!'"

Thanks to @outlanddenim

Thanks to @outlanddenim

Other labels work closely with 1% For The Planet, a not for profit bringing “dollars and doers together to address the most pressing issues facing our planet”. The organisation is a global network connecting businesses, non-profits and individuals in support of their cause of choice.  

Auguste The Label is in on this action, as is The Bare Road.

The Byron-based Auguste are committed to the support of Australia’s Marine Conservation Society, the only Australian national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes. The Society also drives the #FightForTheReef campaign, raising awareness of the major threats to the Australian Great Barrier Reef including industrialisation, climate change and fertiliser run-off. Also in Auguste’s stable is the Orangutan Land Trust, a charity working towards the preservation, restoration of orangutans’ natural habitats.

Thanks to @augustethelabel

Also hailing from Byron, The Bare Road contributes their 1% to Australian-born organisation Take 3 For the Sea, an education initiative with the drive of reducing plastic pollution in our waterways in a big way.

Thanks to @the_bareroad

Will and Bear, too, are all about the give-back. Every hat sold contributes to their Plant A Forest project thanks to a partnership with Trees.org. This platform helps you create opportunities for new forests to grow. But this is far from being about trees alone - this infrastructure also sees the rise of new jobs, waterways and takes us closer to climate sustainability for the community in West Africa.

Thanks to @willandbear

On the home front, activewear label WPN donates 10% of profits to raise awareness for men's mental health and suicide prevention thanks to their partnership with the Black Dog Institute.

Thanks to @wpnwear

TOMS is the easy-wear ethically produced footwear and accessories label working on a One for One business model – every single sale. This simple give-back mechanism works in a big way, helping address need, and also advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world. At the time of writing, TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need and helped restore sight to over 250,000 people. Unsurprisingly, Prince Harry, too, is on the TOMS bandwagon.

Thanks to @TOMS

Elle Glass
Writer
Related Articles