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June 24, 2020 6 min read

Charity Bracelets That Support Great Causes

When it comes to charity bracelets, there are a lot of great companies out there that are supporting very worthy causes. At Bead the Change, we feel that we are one of those companies. But we've compiled a list of other great companies that are also supporting some great causes.

Bead the Change

Bead the Change is an organization that is dedicated to bringing awareness to different environmental and humanitarian causes. We do this by selling 100% recycled glass bead bracelets. Our bracelets are handmade in Ghana by local beadmakers and artisans. Bead the Change believes in fair trade and supporting the artisans of Ghana who make our bracelets.

Each one of our beads is individually handcrafted by beadmakers using recycled glass bottles. And our bracelet cord is made out of recycled plastic water bottles which is known as rPET. You can watch this video of how our beadmaking process works. Another one of our missions is to educate people about the harm that plastic is having on our oceans and marine life. Instead of having a bunch of plastic water bottles end up in a landfill, we believe in repurposing the plastic water bottles into cord. We are also a company that practices zero waste and therefore ships all of our bracelets out in 100% recycled packaging.

Some of the causes that we support include "Clean Water For Everyone", "Reforestation", "Protecting the Elephants & Rhinos / Ending the Ivory Trade", "Ocean Cleanup", and "Climate Change". However, we will be adding new causes moving forward. When you buy a bracelet, 10% will be donated to that specific cause associated with each bracelet. Our motto is "Be The Change You Wish To See In The World".

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Now Chase the Sun Bracelets

While some well-meaning charitable organizations offer generic merchandise that you’re only buying to make a positive impact, the bracelets at Now Chase the Sun are unique, tasteful, and highly detailed. 

There are options for everyone, including down-to-earth surfer necklaces for men, understated black lava bracelets, precious stone bracelets for those with a penchant for story, and bracelets with a pop of color for those looking for something fun.

Not only are their products stylish, but they provide work for refugees and donate to meaningful charities. Through their partners, they promote aid by giving to education centers in 25 villages in rural India. With the belief in fostering entrepreneurship and collaboration, Now Chase the Sun employs Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee women, Dhokra metalsmiths, and other craftsmen in San Francisco to provide economic and creative opportunities.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets began when two Southern California friends—Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman—took a college graduation trip down to Costa Rica. Between the stunning sunsets, killer surfing, cool beach towns and awesome people, it didn’t take long for Griffin and Paul to fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle.

They came across two artisans named Jorge and Joaquin, whose colorful string bracelets captured the simple beauty of Costa Rica. Sadly, Jorge and Joaquin were struggling to survive on their artisan wages, living with their family in a single room with three beds. Desperate to find some way to help, Griffin and Paul asked the artisans to make 400 bracelets to take home with them. And that’s when the fun really began.


They put the bracelets on display in a local boutique, selling out completely within just a few days. And it hit them: These pieces were more than just simple friendship bracelets. They were a movement that celebrated the simple things in life—or “Pura Vida,” as Costa Ricans would call it. Translating to “pure life” in Spanish, “pura vida” is more than just a saying. It’s a lifestyle of sorts. One that’s all about enjoying life’s little pleasures, slowing things down and living life to the fullest.

Around the world, Griffin and Paul teamed up with Jorge, Joaquin and other Costa Rican artisans to create handcrafted bracelets in endless color combinations—each one as unique as the person wearing it. What started out as selling just a few bracelets a week has grown into a worldwide movement with millions of bracelets sold each year.

To expand its artisan community to include a family of more than 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India and more, who can count on a steady income and positive work environment thanks to the incredible support of Pura Vida fans.

Giving back has always been at the core of what we do, which is why we also created the Charity Collection. Over the last few years, we’ve partnered with more than 175 charities around the world to donate nearly $2.4 million to causes you care about. We’re always striving to do more and are constantly on the lookout for more charities that can benefit from Pura Vida Bracelet.

Chavez for Charity

In 2013, Founder, Julie Chavez, had a brilliant creative thought to build a jewelry brand whose mission was to lift and support others over profit. This idea combined with her well established jewelry artisan skill set launched Chavez for Charity. The brand quickly became a gift industry favorite due to its heart, quality hand-crafted jewelry and ability to easily allow its retail partners and customers to Live a Charitable Life.

The journey unfolded into one colorful story after another hence the trademark program called Colors for Causes. Each of the partnering non-profits is designated a color that represents their cause’s collection. For every purchase made within that color offering, Chavez for Charity donates 25% of net profits to that cause. Colors for Causes encompasses eight ongoing charity partners representing some of the globals most important humanitarian issues today.

Along with Colors for Causes, Chavez for Charity also creates programs to support local and international immediate needs issues such as the 2019 Australian Wildfire Crisis. At one point in its history, the company created the 11th project which extended to the local retail community the ability to support causes specific to them and their local communities.

4ocean

4ocean founders, Alex and Andrew, have been around the ocean their entire lives. They both grew up on the Florida coast, swimming, diving, fishing, and surfing. After becoming friends in college, they saved up their money for the surf trip of a lifetime to Bali. When they arrived, they found a beach that was completely covered in plastic, with trash-filled waves delivering more garbage with each break.

They asked a local why such a popular, and otherwise beautiful, shoreline wasn’t kept clean, and were told that the beaches had been cleaned just hours earlier. The trash they were wading through had only just washed ashore. Their eyes were immediately opened to the magnitude of the ocean plastic crisis, and they vowed on the spot to try to do something about it.

Alex and Andrew decided to hire boat captains and other local workers to clean the ocean and coastlines full time. In order to make the biggest impact on this global problem, they launched their efforts in places like Bali where a lot of plastic and other garbage regularly accumulates. Inspired by successful lifestyle brands that were able to build passionate followings, they decided to implement a business model that would allow them to grow quickly so they could pay workers, fund cleanups, and spread the word about the ocean plastic crisis.

So they created the 4ocean bracelet and pledged to pull a pound of trash from the ocean for each one purchased, using the profits to scale cleanup operations, make donations to ocean-related nonprofits, and build an organizational infrastructure to support future growth. Even though 4ocean has collected millions of pounds of trash from the ocean and built an international infrastructure to fight the ocean plastic crisis, we’re just getting started. The ocean plastic crisis is massive and growing.

It will take major systemic changes and the hard work of many great organizations each trying to tackle the crisis in different ways, as well as people like you who are committed to driving change. Our work won't be done until we can walk along our beaches — in Bali, in Haiti, in Florida, and around the world — and see nothing but warm sand and rolling waves

We are not a nonprofit and do not accept donations. Today, our ocean cleanup and advocacy mission is funded primarily by your 4ocean product purchases. In the future, we hope to advance our mission further by employing new business solutions to the ocean plastic crisis such as reselling the materials we collect and working with governments and industry for contracted waterway cleanup services. We believe business can be a force for good and hope our model encourages others to pursue creative solutions to this global crisis.

Lokai

The idea for Lokai began when the founders grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. His diagnosis made him think about the highs & lows that everyone experiences. He wanted to make a product for himself and others as a reminder to stay humble through the highs and hopeful through the lows.

10% of net profits are donated to their charity partners. When you receive your purchase, you'll know you've given back.


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