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by Shelby Bilbruck
Columnist

When you purchase clothes, you most likely only think about the quality, the fit and the cost. However, one other thing you should factor in is how your purchase gives back and makes a difference to the world.

An example we should all be familiar of are TOMS shoes. This company uses the one-for-one idea, meaning for every pair of shoes purchased, they donate a pair to a child in need.

Another popular way clothing companies choose to give back is by donating a percentage of each item sold or giving back a certain amount of money to a charity or a worthy cause.

Headbands of Hope is a company that does just that. For every headband sold, they donate $1 to cancer research, plus they give a fun, floral headband to a girl battling cancer. If you go on their website, they provide pictures of the young girls with the headbands so you can see exactly what your donation goes toward.

If you’re a fan of inspirational sayings and designs on shirts, then Sevenly is going to be your clothing charity go-to. Sevenly takes $7 from each sale and donates it to their charity of the week.

After a mere four years in business, they’ve already raised more than $4 million and helped over 1 million people.

Monetary donations aren’t the only way that clothing companies give back. Stores such as Out of Print and Elegantees choose to donate items to give back to communities around the world.

Out of Print puts iconic and out-of-print book covers, such as “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Where the Wild Things Are,” on T-shirts. However, people in surrounding countries don’t always have access to books.

With this in mind, for each item sold, Out of Print donates one book to a community in need through their partnership with Books For Africa.

The other company, Elegantees, likes to stress the idea to “purchase with a purpose,” meaning when a customer purchases an item from their company, they’re also purchasing a product for someone in need.

If you’re looking for a store that gives back to somebody somewhere with every single purchase, look no further than Five Pound Apparel. They carry brands mentioned early like Out of Print and established brands known to give back, like Feed products.

Whether you’re looking for pants or a new dress, you can find what you’re looking for at a decent price and still give back. Next time, look for brands like these or search for similar ones and use your rad sense of style to help others.

PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR


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