It goes without saying that 2020 has been quite the year. From bushfires and floods, to global pandemics and economic disasters, we've collectively been through the ringer. Charitable giving has always been the Aussie way, but in tough times like these, it is hard to donate your hard-earned money when things are so uncertain.
To still do your bit and give back, donate your money by making smart choices at the shops. Look to ethical brands that donate products, resources and time, on your behalf, through the purchases you make. To help you shop ethical, these are our favourite Aussie brands giving back to the community in a big way!
Where to Shop Ethical Brands
Thankyou was founded in 2008 by a group of university students, and in only 12 years has grown into a movement of millions of people taking small steps to create big change. Known for their range of personal care, water and baby products, Thankyou have raised over $17 million for charitable organisations serving the world's poorest countries.
Just last week they launched their biggest movement yet by inviting P&G and Unilever - two of the world’s largest and most influential consumer goods companies - to make and distribute Thankyou products globally to help end extreme poverty. To convince these companies to take this bold move, Thankyou is asking people around the world to get involved and show the collective power of the many who believe in this change, through its campaign aptly named “No Small Plan.”
- Post a photo or share the campaign social title with the caption, “I’m in, are you?”
- Tag @proctergamble and @unilever
- Hashtag #thankyoutotheworld
- Share Thankyou’s video to help this spread even further
For basics that are anything but basic turn to Boody. This Australian sustainable clothing brand has your loungewear, activewear and wardrobe basics covered. Their products are developed and crafted via an ethical and transparent supply chain, so you can be sure of exactly where your garment has come from. They support many initiatives and donate one per cent of profits from their online orders to support environmental preservation projects.
Even when you clean, keep the environment top of mind by using products like Cove. Having already reduced their packaging to carry 75% less water, their cleaning formulations are non-toxic, have no harsh chemicals, and are all cruelty-free, and vegan. The perfect way to get your home looking good, and keep the environment looking good at the same time!
With a focus on providing natural skincare at an affordable price, Australian skincare icon Sukin is all about being ethically responsible. From their carbon-free footprint and natural products, to their cruelty-free stance and vegan ingredients, this is skincare you can feel good about. They've also partnered with Greening Australia on their Reef Aid Program focussed around the protection of the Great Barrier Reef’s future.
Since launching 10 years ago, Two Good Co has donated over 160,000 restaurant-quality meals to local women's refuges for domestic violence survivors across Sydney and Melbourne. All you need to do to get involved is order lunch through their website, and they will donate a meal on your behalf. Simple!
Combine beautifully designed shoes with a desire to give back, and you have The Nowhere Nation. Stocking local and international brands like Charlotte Stone and Reike Nen, for every purchase The Nowhere Nation makes a donation to one of three charities through their Look Good, Do Good initiative.
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Myoni are all about making periods fuss-free. Their simple and ethically produced period products provide an easy way for women to feel comfortable and supported during their menstrual cycle, whilst lessening their environmental footprint.
TheMyoni Gives Back program involves donating Myoni cups to the Share The Dignity organisation which benefits women who don’t have access to sanitary products across Australia.
Changing the world one sleep at a time is the ethos behind Melbourne-based bedding company ettitude. Realising a gap in the market for sustainable and breathable bedding, founder Phoebe You decided to create her own. Creating a new material and the world’s first CleanBamboo fabric, this environmentally-friendly material is as luxurious as any other bedding without costing the planet.
Part of the global 1% For The Planet network, they have pledged to donate 1% of all their revenue from their organic bamboo lyocell bedding products to support environmental organisations. We guarantee you’ll get a good night’s sleep with bedding from ettitude.
This Aussie loo roll start-up doesn't only have a sense of humour, but a big heart to match. To help improve sanitation across the developing world, Who Gives a Crap donates 50% of their profits. Most recently, they donated $8.3 million which helped provide proper sanitation and build toilets for 2 billion people. Incredible stuff!
Founded in 2011, Modi Bodi’s mission is all about ‘changing underwear for the better’. They've created leak-proof underwear, and have now developed a collection of clothing, swimwear and period-proof undies using the same technology.
Their goal is to get their product into the hands of women who need it the most. This year they have donated almost 3000 pairs to workers during the Australian bushfires and health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also visit their website to buy a pair of undies to be donated to local and global charities.