As Climate Mamas and Papas the examples we set for our children, our friends, and our families – in small and big ways – remains our legacy and our quest. As we all try to live life with a smaller “footprint” we must always remember to continue to celebrate and live our lives to the fullest. So, when we look for a gift to give – one that is special and unique, yet one that also shows we are giving with our planet in mind, one of the places we have reached out to in the past is UncommonGoods.
UncommonGoods is an online market place that brings us unique and carefully crafted designs, that are made with sustainability in mind. In addition to beautiful and special things, UncommonGoods has a special “sustainability” program called Better to Give. When we talk sustainability many people immediately focus on things like materials, packaging and energy efficiency. These are, of course, important and critical. Another important linkage however, and one that is less commonly part of the core values and practices of an organization or company is: giving back and paying it forward.
Better to Give is a program that allows customers to choose a partner that UncommonGoods then donates $1 to from every order. Since the Better to Give program began at UncommonGoods, over $1,000,000 has been donated to organizations around the world. Currently, funds are being collected for:
RAINN (Rape,Abuse and Incest National Network) the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
American Forests protects and restores forests worldwide, helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants.
International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to refugees and families devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.
Reach Out and Read is a national organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
At ClimateMama we are happy to highlight UncommonGoods and it’s philosophy, mission and way of doing business as a model that, if other companies adopted, we feel would make the world a much better place. Thanks UncommonGoods!