5 Gifts that Give Back

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Tis the season for giving many presents, so why not pick a product that also does some good in the world? Here are a few cool gifts that will not only put a smile on the face of of the person you give it too, but will support a great program or cause.

Manduka yoga mat

eKO Lite Mat from Manduka

This mat is not only a great yoga mat, it’s also good for the environment (made from non-Amazon harvested rubber that is also biodegradable and PVC free).   The company also supports programs like “Off the Mat, Into the World” that inspires students of yoga to become involved in grassroots social change.

tom's shoes

Tom’s Shoes

Tom’s shoes are comfortable and more supportive than they look due to a latex arch insert. The company matches each pair of shoes bought with a pair they give to a child in need. So far, they have given away more than 35 million pairs.

Biolite stove

Biolite Stove

Millions of people in the world still cook over open fires that are dangerous, inefficient, and smoky, which leads to respiratory diseases and environmental damage. Purchases of Biolite’s CampStove and BaseCamp Stove help support their work in India and Sub-Saharan Africa where they work to reduce these issues with their HomeStove. This stove uses half the wood and is 95% cleaner than traditional open fires. The stove also generates electricity (very helpful in places where power grids are unreliable).

ambler hat

Ambler Hats

These kids’ hats are warm and cute and also help create jobs for women in the developing world. Ambler partners with women in Nepal to help them learn a safe, skilled, trade so that they have a chance of employment in an economy that is often unstable. Ambler also work with a Fair Trade co-op in Liberia that is helping their community rebuild after a long civil war.

prana sweater

Prana Women’s Eleanor Sweater

This warm sweater with great texture will keep your loved one warm and help get at risk youth outside. Prana will donate a portion of the sale this sweater, plus a few more styles, to Outdoor Outreach, which connects underprivileged kids with outdoor programs that will provide support and resources to help them become well-rounded, successful adults.

Of course, if you REALLY want to make a direct impact on a worthy cause, you can always give a donation in the name of your loved one’s name. CLICK HERE for some of our favorite outdoor organizations.
Jim Darroch