6th Annual Giving with Purpose
Dear Clients and Friends,
It’s that time of the year… here is the 2021 MORWM Giving with Purpose List! What, already? Well, the ice skating rink has been erected in front of City Hall in Philadelphia, wreaths and snowflakes are going up on streetlamps everywhere, and Elizabeth and Trish already have their trees up and lit. Plus, supply chain worries and an early Hanukkah motivated us to get our list out to you ASAP.
The MORWM family worked hard to compile this year’s list because we want to make sure that we give you fresh and new ideas. As always, many of these companies are certified B-Corps and they all give back to the community in some way.
Here are our top ten picks for 2021:
The Women’s Peace Collection brings together women from 12 countries who craft “a meaningful collection of handmade jewelry, accessories and gifts.” The Women’s Peace Collection gives these women a chance to pursue their dreams and create a better life for themselves by providing “an avenue to sell their work, allowing them to reach a larger audience”. Shout-out to MOR Friend Jen for this pick – thanks, Jen!
Terra Thread creates backpacks and bags that are both ethically made and affordable. Every product made by Terra Thread is “made using Fairtrade Certified Organic Cotton.” Fair trade standards “ensure(s) that farmers have access to safe working environments, gender equality, are paid a fair price for their cotton,” and other benefits. This company doesn’t just create sustainably made products - they also work directly with Feeding America in an effort “to end hunger in the United States.”
our products so they can be easily recycled again with no extra processing.” In addition, a portion of their proceeds goes to the Cal Arts Community Art Partnership, where they offer “free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth.”
Healthy Human’s mission is to create “innovative and eco-friendly products” while also contributing to the health of the planet. “Healthy Human donates one percent of its total U.S. sales revenue to environmental and social impact causes that make a strong difference.” They have a Recover & Recycle program and support organizations like the Ocean Blue Project and the FarmLink Project.
Ethically sourced cacao. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not. TCHO is committed to the quality of their product. They “partner with cacao farmers, cooperatives, and cocoa research institutes around the globe, with the goal to produce the best cacao beans possible”. They also “supply the tools and training needed, so our partners can become experts at both flavor analysis and cacao production.” TCHO Chocolate subscribes to the Fair Trade philosophy “for many of our products which ensure our cacao suppliers are paid a minimum price and receive a special Fair Trade premium to fund quality improvement and social programs.”
Ethically made modern jewelry gives more meaning to looking beautiful. Astor & Orion uses materials that are safe, not only for the people wearing their jewelry, but also for the workers who are making it and, most importantly, the planet. They “use recycled materials and design our products so they can be easily recycled again with no extra processing.” In addition, a portion of their proceeds goes to the Cal Arts Community Art Partnership, where they offer “free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth.”
Alltrue is a customized, “curated seasonal box, full of socially-conscious products at an incredible price.” They work with other socially conscious brands and businesses to stock their boxes. If you or someone you know are dedicated to being more eco-friendly but you don’t know where to start, this subscription box might be a great start for you to learn more about eco-friendly and ethical brands that are out there
Homewares and lifestyle products made better. Goodee values “good design, good people, and good purpose.” They believe in good design when it comes to their products, but, most importantly, they believe in the power of good. Their products are made of sustainable materials that are “transparently sourced, ethically made, and designed to last.” They also value and share the stories of their artisans.
Nisolo is changing the game in the fashion industry, which makes up “10% of the world’s carbon footprint.” They design their shoes with versatility in mind to complement your life. They also believe in creating products that are ethically made. They do this by ensuring that their “producers receive beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment.” They also make sure that their products are fairly priced for consumers by selling them directly to the customer. Nisolo’s vision is to show people that sustainable can also be affordable.
Frank and Oak creates knitwear, shoes, backpacks, and more products that are meant to last. They are also “committed to selecting better materials, better factories and better shipping methods to maximize the reduction of our carbon emissions.” In the new year, they plan on “removing virgin plastic from our supply chain”, “removing virgin polyester”, “implementing more carbon offset Programs”, “raising our use of renewable energies”, and “encouraging zero waste inside and out.”
Hopefully this list inspired you to give a little more (or a little more deliberately) this holiday season. If you saw something that you liked on this list, we would absolutely love to hear your gifting story! Happy and healthy holidays from everyone here at MOR Wealth Management!
Amy, Elizabeth, and the whole MORWM team
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