Companies that use a buy one give one system

The buy one give one model is being implemented by a variety of businesses as a way to give back to those in need. The model works under the idea that for one item sold, another item is donated to a person or community in need. Here are five companies that use a buy one give one system.

5 Companies that Use a Buy One Give One System

  • Baby Teresa – Sammie Appleyard and Kirsty Dunphey founded the Baby Teresa project in 2009, naming their company after Mother Teresa. For every sale that is made on a baby romper, hat, bib, etc., another is given to a baby in need. The two women recognized that clothing a baby can be the difference between life and death — especially in areas where poverty is high and access to necessities like baby clothes is limited. When purchasing, customers have a choice of where to send the donated item. As of 2019, Baby Teresa has impacted families in Ecuador, Vanuatu, Cambodia, Vietnam, Uganda and more.
  • One World Futbol Project – The One World Futbol Project has a mission of bringing the “transformative power of play to youth living in disadvantaged communities worldwide” through its indestructible soccer ball. The ball was originally created by Tim Jahnigen after he saw a video of Darfur refugees playing soccer with a handmade ball. The idea was that the ball would be a solution for children who wanted to play but did not have the materials. Thanks to funding from international superstar, Sting, the company launched and has impacted more than 60 million lives. For every ball purchased, another is donated to a poverty-stricken community, war zone or refugee camp.
  • Figs – Figs is a company that specializes in selling medical scrubs. The founders of Figs recognized that many medical professionals in poverty-stricken areas lack access to basic medical supplies including scrubs. While owning a pair of scrubs helps medical professionals to look the part, they also contribute to clean work environments. To date, Figs has donated thousands of scrubs to medical professionals in need in more than 30 different countries through this charitable model.
  • SoapBox – SoapBox is a company that sells personal care products including body wash, hand soap, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner. David Simnick launched SoapBox in 2010 with a mission to persuade people to change the world through everyday purchases. For every product bought, a bar of soap and hygiene lessons are donated to a community in need. More than 3 million lives in Cambodia, Haiti, India and other countries have been impacted by purchases made to SoapBox.
  • Out of Print – Since 2010, Out of Print has been selling t-shirts and apparel printed with covers of classic literature covers and quotes. With every item purchased, Out of Print donates one book to Books for Africa, helping to support literacy programs around the world. To date, the company has donated more than 3 million books to communities in need.

Juliette Lopez
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Companies That Donate When You Buy
Making a difference in another person’s life does not have to be relegated to the holiday season or a monthly donation to a charity. Now more than ever companies are getting creative with how they use the money donated when purchasing their product to improve the lives of those living in poverty. Check out these great shopping destinations to start giving back today.

  1. The Hunger Site: The Hunger Site works to put an end to hunger and poverty around the world by donating to non-profits. How do you donate? They provide two options. There is a button to click daily that provides food to impoverished people around the world. It’s effortless and free to do and every time you click, the website sponsors donate money towards a bowl of food. To give, even more, there are numerous fair-trade items to buy ranging from clothing to decorative art that is often hand-crafted by those being helped by the site. The money spent is then donated and you, in turn, get a great gift for yourself or others.
  2. Out of Print Clothing: Learning to read is an important milestone for many children around the world. But, even more, children go without the necessary tool, books, to even begin the learning process. Out of Print recognizes this need and for every purchase made on their site, they donate a book to communities through the Books for Africa campaign. They have shirts, books, and accessories made just for the literature love.
  3. OneMillionLights: There are 1.3 billion people in the world who depend on dangerous kerosene lamps for their light source at night. With the pollution created and the average of 1.5 million deaths occurring every year as a result of kerosene, it is easy to understand why the creators of OneMillionLights chose safe, solar-powered lights as their donation project. A donation can be made the old fashioned way to provide families with a lamp for private use or through their “buy one, give one” project. You buy an Energizer solar powered spotlight for yourself and they send one to a school or medical clinic in need.
  4. FIGS: Anyone who works in the medical field can tell you the importance of scrubs. Not only do they provide an immediately recognizable symbol for the public, but the act of wearing clean scrubs on a daily basis helps to reduce hospital-acquired infection by 2/3 and can, therefore, save millions of dollars in resulting necessary treatments. But, the uniforms are costly and many medical professionals in poverty-stricken areas don not make enough money to buy their own uniforms. That’s where FIGS got their mission. For every pair of scrubs purchased for yourself, you give a pair to a needy clinic. They have all the basics you need in a variety of colors and sizes for personalization.

– Chelsea Evans

Sources: The Hunger Site, Out of Print Clothing, OneMillionLights, FIGS
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