Monday, June 3, 2013

companies worth investing your pretty penny

There are many choices when you buy lovely things, but not all beautiful things are backed by equally beautiful companies. Think of every dollar that you spend as a little investment into the company you're purchasing from. Now, more than ever, it is important to look a little deeper to see what companies stand for. These five companies serve to improve lives of people all over the world through the sales of the amazing products they create.

Alex and Ani

 Alex and Ani is a company that creates one of a kind bracelets and bangles. Their mission statement says that they believe in the power of positive energy through the unique beauty and symbolism of their products. They use recycled and eco-friendly materials, so that their economic footprint is
 the size of a pair of toddler shoes. Their Charity by Design line features charms designed for over twenty different charities including; Stand Up 2 Cancer, African Rainforest Conservatory, and Friends Of Jaclyn. The whole Alex and Ani line is available on their website, in local boutique stores across the country, and at Nordstrom.


Sevenly is a company that teams up with a different charity every seven days to use local artists to create a clothing line. Seven dollars from each product sold is donated to the charity they've teamed up with that particular week. The premise of the company is already pretty intriguing...each weekly design is one of a kind, never sold again. Not only are the t-shirts fashionable, they are functional in helping countless people across the globe. Sevenly has teamed up with many different organizations, often ones that do not receive much press or funding otherwise. Their unique tees are available on their sevenly website.

Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte Cosmetics is not only a personal favorite of mine, but it is also a company worth looking into. Each one of their products from the very start are formulated without parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Tarte is also cruelty free, which means their products are not tested on animals. The company is very conscious of the resources they use to create their product, and invests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and uses recyclable material. On top of their "do good" mentality they keep coming up with even more beautiful packaging. In their latest summer line they team up with synchronized swimming troupe, The Aqualillies, to create beautiful mermaid-esque waterproof make-up. You can find Tarte on their website or in Sephora stores.

Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids started off as a small charitable project working with under privileged countries to train the local people in a marketable skill and, in turn, pay them a fair wage. Since it's beginning, the company has blossomed into a successful business. One of the coolest things about each Krochet Kids product you can see the name of the person who created the product on a small label inside. You can even write them a thank-you note! Handmade beanies and hats are what the company has become famous for, but on their website they also have men's and women's clothing lines. The full selection is available on their website.

Badfish Booty

A company inspired by the sea, Badfish Booty makes jewelry out of shells naturally found in the oceans and bays of Hawaii. With every purchase made they donate their time and energy to local and international charities. Each piece is uniquely designed and hand crafted by members of the company. Their famous 'Booty' ring, featured below, is an easy way to spice up any wardrobe. Pieces can be specifically designed by request on their badfish booty website.

Even though we live in a time where choices are constantly surrounding us, sometimes choosing the right one is a little more difficult. Our hope is that this list inspires you to look a little deeper into the companies we all invest in. These are only five out of the many, continue the search and let us know what you find!

Photo credit to all of the respective websites.

XO, Jax

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