Swiping For Good: 5 NYC Brands That Give Back
There’s no better feeling than finding out that a brand you love supports a cause you believe in. But whether or not a brand is socially responsible isn’t something you can find out from Yelp. What if there was a way to know for sure that your last swipe will go towards making an impact on a current social issue?
Enter Beam. We’re an app that partners with awesome brands that allow you to donate part of your purchases to causes you both believe in—at zero cost to you. We get how hard it is to stick to your coffee budget, and how frequently you end up buying lunch because meal prep fell through, but we can definitely sweeten the pill by making sure that part of the money you spend will make a positive impact.
We thought we’d make your day a little brighter by highlighting some of our favorite brands in New York that are committed to social change. Go on and make them your favorites too (if they aren’t already) -- we promise that the combination of killer products, and the warm glow in your heart after making an impact, is a total winner.
We like to think we’re cool enough to pull off vintage clothing, but even if we’re not, you probably are. Not only does The Vintage Twin offer you one-of-a-kind pieces, they also donate 10% of the proceeds from your purchase to charity. Some organizations they have worked with in the past are Autism Speaks, National MS Society, Make a Wish Foundation and World Wildlife Fund. It’s as good a reason as any to mix up your wardrobe and indulge your creative side.
INDAY is a health food chain that offers Indian fusion and build-your-own bowls. We’re a huge fan of how colorful their meals are, and it definitely doesn’t hurt to get an Insta worthy photo while you’re out getting lunch. While providing their own healthful offerings to the New York lunch crowd, INDAY provides essential care to those who need it in our local community. In New York, INDAY supports the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help make NYC home for recently relocated refugees, as well as Bowery Mission and Edible Schoolyard. In keeping with the cultural influences of their food, INDAY also supports the India-based nonprofit, Akanksha Fund, which runs high-quality schools for disadvantaged children.
3. Ollie & Otto
For real though, who isn’t forever hankering after perfect, glowing skin? And if we’re going to break the bank account trying to get there, we might as well make an impact while we’re at it. Ollie & Otto’s line of environmentally and socially conscious skincare products are great for the self care that you need and deserve, and the brand uses profits to increase access to clean water in poverty-stricken and drought-affected areas. The founders of Ollie & Otto recognize that clean water is a necessary prerequisite for using personal care products, and partner with the nonprofit Generosity to make access to clean water more widespread in areas in Haiti, Africa and India.
4. Warby Parker
We have SO jumped on the Warby Parker bandwagon because designer eyewear at an affordable price, while also promoting socially conscious business, quite honestly sounds like a dream. Currently, almost a billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which effectively means a billion people are unable to learn or work properly. Warby Parker is working to improve the situation by distributing a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair of glasses sold. Sounds like a great combination of business and social impact to us.
We loved Dig Inn from the second we heard the pun in their name, and their food and philanthropy only gets us even more excited. Dig Inn prides itself on serving seasonal American food, mostly vegetables, from farmers and partners as close to home as possible. They're leading a movement in food sustainability--from serving veggies grown at their own farm, to supporting National Young Farmers Coalition, Chef's Collaborative, and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Dig Inn is consciously maximizing sustainability at every point on the supply chain.
We think it’s helpful to be aware of brands that make social impact a priority because it’s one of the best ways to build a socially responsible lifestyle. By partnering with brands that already give back and setting up philanthropic programs with other brands, Beam is empowering shoppers to make a social impact within the scope of their daily lifestyles, which in turn allows brands to keep giving.