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10 Footwear and Apparel Brands that Give Back

It’s the season of giving! But sometimes it can be difficult to give back to your community when you also need to spend money on gifts for the family. Luckily, you can give back indirectly by supporting ethical companies, and at Elliott’s, we carry products from a lot of reputable ethical companies.

In this post, we’re highlighting a few brands that give back to their communities and the world at large – all of which are available at Elliott’s. Purchasing from these brands is the perfect way to give back this season without straining your wallet.

 

  1. 1. Keen

Since the brand began in 2003 they’ve donated over $15 million to nonprofits. That’s a lot of dough. As an outdoor brand, Keen partners with several environmental alliances. They work to preserve and protect public U.S. land. Keen often steps in to donate or match donations after natural disasters as well. Currently, they’re donating 15k pairs of socks to youth in need.

 

2. Deckers

Deckers owns a whole host of brands we carry including Teva, Ugg, Hoka and more. They’ve donated over $1,283,966 spread over 256 non-profits. Their employees have volunteered 1,986 hours. Deckers also has goals to become more sustainable by improving their sourcing and production and lessening their waste. You can read Deckers’ entire corporate responsibility plan at the link. It’s not short because this company does a lot!

 

3. Timberland

Timberland is committed to creating a greener company. They have ambitious goals to include recycled material in all their footwear as well as using fair trade and ethical materials for their product. You can see all of their goals by clicking the link.

Thus far, Timberland has utilized 310 million recycled plastic bottles in their footwear; they’ve planted 9.6 million trees since 2001; and their employees have volunteered over 1,000,000 hours worldwide.

 

4. Superfeet

“Support beyond the insoles.” That’s Superfeet’s motto when it comes to giving back. They give back 1% of their sales to help with basic needs, protecting the environment, providing education and fulfilling activities. They offer local grants to non-profit organizations. They also partner with five national organizations. In addition, they give each employee owner $1,000 each year to gift to a non-profit organization and provide 16 hours of paid volunteer time to their employees each year.

 

6. Costa

As a brand “born on the water,” most of Costa’s charitable efforts focus on ocean conservation. Three years ago, they created the Kick Plastic program. The program encourages fisherman (and everyone on the water) to be more conscious about their plastic use. This means eliminating plastic bottles, bags and utensils as well as reeling in their old line. Recently, Costa also released a line of sunglasses made from recycled discarded fishing line. The line is called the Untangled collection – a favorite of our Cleveland store manager on our Manager’s Gift Guide.

 

7. Restored

Restored is a local brand out of Chattanooga, TN. They’re committed to giving back and do so through a partnership with Cry for the Broken, a local Chattanooga charity that helps women recover from addiction and sexual abuse. You can read more about the Restored mission in a previous blog post.

 

8. Simply Southern

Simply Southern often releases special collections that support different causes. They donate 10% of their Simply Faithful label to Child Fund International – an organization that helps created a safe environment and strong relationships for children in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Simply Southern is also a huge proponent for turtle conservation, so they donated 10% of their Save the Turtles label to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.). N.E.S.T. helps preserve and protect the habitats of sea turtles in the U.S.

9. Oboz

Why should you buy a pair of Oboz boots? Because each time you do a tree is planted in your honor. How cool is that? Through their partnership with Trees for the Future, they’ve planted over 1,931,000 trees to date. The company also donates unsold shoes to Project Sole and other non-profit organizations who help those in need.

10. Cotopaxi

“Gear for Good” is Cotopaxi’s slogan. They focus on reducing waste, so many of their bags are made from upcycled materials. Anything from the Del Dia collection is made from upcycled materials, and each bag is unique because factory workers in the Philippines are able to choose the colors and design for each bag. The company also donates 2% of their revenue to alleviate poverty. Cotopaxi also focuses on creating safe and fair working conditions within their factories and are transparent about how their products are made.

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