With the purchase of Cuddle + Kind’s handcrafted, premium cotton-constructed Maya the Mermaid doll, 10 meals are donated to schoolchildren who are in need—via partnerships with World Food Program USA’s School Meals Program, Children’s Hunger Fund, Breakfast Club of Canada and WE Charity School Nutrition Program. Further, the sale of these fair-trade dolls also supports 750 artisans in Peru. Maya is handmade in two sizes (20 or 13 inches) and will provide kids with plenty of company, comfort and inspiration for playtime.
Embroidered with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s astute advice on how to look good—”drink water and don’t be racist”—Read Receipts by Chantal’s all-gender T-shirt helps to spread the message. Composed of preshrunk 100% ring-spun cotton, the shirt comes in sizes XS to XXXL. A portion of proceeds will go to AOC’s Courage to Change PAC, which aims to assist working-class candidates and progressive leaders against the systematic disadvantages of our electoral system.
With a portion of DFA’s proceeds donated to North Brooklyn support networks, this hoodie is part of Carhartt WIP’s Relevant Parties project—seeing the Michigan-based brand team up with independent record labels (including Ninja Tune, Jazzy Sport, Stones Throw and more) for limited edition products. Made for all genders, the boxy cotton/polyester hoodie is intended to have a loose fit in order to rep the iconic NYC label in comfort and style.
Comprised of Jade Pothos, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Dracaena Janet Craig and Parlour Palm plants, Habitat Horticulture’s Gromeo living wall frame offers all of the benefits of indoor plants without the requirement to water them. The Gromeo Mini (approximately 18 by 20 inches) comes pre-planted in HH’s Growtex foundation, housed inside a maple-finished plywood frame and with a one-gallon water reservoir, which keeps soil damp for up to three weeks. When the reservoir is full, the entire unit weighs 12 pounds, and the brand includes all of the necessary mounting hardware and drywall anchors with each order. Additionally, 1% of each order goes to Feeding America, and teachers and healthcare workers get 10% off their order.
Emblazoned with the straightforward and factual “It’s a plant, you’re an animal,” this long-sleeve T-shirt from Miss Grass highlights the way that something born from nature has been stigmatized, racialized and demonized. With 100% of the profits donated to the National Bail Out Fund—an organization led by black people and focused on black people incarcerated pre-trial because they cannot afford bail—this top is more than a slogan.
For those dedicated to the outdoors or their indoor jungles, this dad cap from Valley Cruise Press makes for the ideal accessory. Made from 100% cotton, the five-panel cap fits most adults, includes an adjustable strap and features the word “PLANTS” embroidered in white cotton across the front. Be sure to time your purchase, if possible, as Valley Cruise donates 100% of their proceeds on the 8th of every month.
With art by Lauren Matrka alongside the powerful “free them all” message, these T-shirts do more than make a statement. All proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to Malcolm’s Freedom Fund in order to raise bail for a young man being held pre-trial in NYC. Available from XS to 4XL, the shirt comes in pink or white and has been crafted from 100% cotton. Of course, you can donate to this and other bail funds all over the country any time without buying a product.
Bright Endeavors’ candles are proudly made in Chicago by young mothers enrolled in a paid job training program. (They also receive 100% of the proceeds from each sale.) Available in four distinct scents—Amber + Tonka Bean, Cardamom + Clove, Juniper Berry + Fir and Pomegranate + Champagne—each hand-poured soy candle comes in a minimal glass vessel. Available in four-ounce (20-hour burn time) or 16-ounce (55-hour burn time) iterations, each one is made using phthalate-free fragrance.
Designed by 4 Good Measure (a Brooklyn-based, Asian American-owned studio), this Chinatown tote features a simple but vibrant design and comes in two bold colorways. All proceeds from the sale of each bag will go back to NYC’s Chinatown—with 10% of that to charitable initiatives that are working within the community there. The design studio’s Chinatown Collection (all available at Pearl Market) includes apparel and accessories that shout out the neighborhood as a whole as well as specific beloved businesses.
A collaboration between Downtown 4 Democracy (D4D) and the Haas Brothers (aka siblings Simon and Nikolai Haas), this T-shirt features the artistic duo’s kooky flair along with a serious message: “THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS. VOTE.” Proceeds from the sales of the garment help to fund Downtown 4 Democracy, a 17-year-old creative-founded political action committee. The organization raises awareness concerning the importance of voting and places ads in swing states and districts. In the 2018-2019 fiscal calendar, they donated more than $235,000 to Planned Parenthood, Black Votes Matter, RAICES and other important initiatives to help with campaigns encouraging voter turnout. In the months prior to the 2020 election (in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio) D4D plans to raise their budget by $15,000 with the hope of drawing more than 35,000 people to the polls.
With a portion of the proceeds going to the National Parks Conservation Association, each sale of this sweet Smilin’ Sun Grandpa Hat results in a little more protection for America’s 421 recognized National Parks. Made from 100% cotton twill (and secured with a leather and metal buckle system), the five-panel denim cap features a large, fuzzy sun patch. It’s also embroidered with Parks Project on the side. Further, the cap comes in one size and should fit most adults.
This six-panel, embroidered “dad hat” doesn’t just shout out one of NYC’s most iconic music venues, the Bowery Ballroom, sales from it directly benefit the concert hall—which has been shuttered for months due to COVID-19. It’s composed of 100% pigment-dyed cotton twill (also available in olive green) and one size fits most.
An empty Aboriginal flag adorns Clothing The Gap’s new T-shirt, sending a poignant message regarding the rights to the design. In 2019, the Aboriginal-owned brand and social enterprise received a cease and desist from WAM Clothing for reproducing the full-color image on their apparel—of which 100% of profits got to health and wellness initiatives in Indigenous communities. This led the founders to embark on a mission to free the flag, as WAM (a non-indigenous company) holds the exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the flag’s copyright owner, designer and artist Harold Thomas. While not arguing the copyright, the #FreeTheFlag movement is about control of the flag—a symbol that represents unity and identity for Aboriginal people. This shirt (made in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country) features an embroidered black and white flag on the front, the words “Free the flag” on the sleeve and a screen-printed Clothing The Gap logo on the back. It’s available for all genders from XS to 5XL. Price is in AUD.
Founded by Rick Dove, apparel brand MUCH MORE exemplifies the fashion industry veteran’s creativity and beliefs. The brand’s “Protect Black Women” shirt emphasizes one of those beliefs. With 100% of the proceeds given to small businesses owned by Black women, the screen-printed shirt (available in size small to XXL) is made in the USA.
Toro y Moi’s Reality Rainbow T-shirt references one of the artist’s mantras, “Reality’s tight if the music is right.” It also pays homage to Apple’s iconic rainbow logo, which works its way through the color wheel vertically. Made from 100% cotton, the heavyweight T-shirt is available in size XS through XXL, and all of proceeds will be donated to the Solano Disaster Fund, a relief system for those impacted by wildfires in California’s Solano County.
With 100% of net proceeds donated to Every Mother Counts—a non-profit dedicated to making reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth safer for women all over the world—this denim tote features a take on the French motto, “Liberté, égalité, fraternité.” Replacing “fraternité” with “maternité,” the design playfully takes on an important cause. The sturdy denim fabric means this tote (which features short and long carry straps) is robust enough for groceries, books, baby gear or anything that needs to be lugged around.