5 Good Buys from Brands that Give Back

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a loved one, these products make for good karma—they’re all made by companies that give back in meaningful ways.

Yoga Mat by Manduka


Help fight breast cancer with Manduka’s Project: Om Yogitoes mat towel featuring artwork from Chicago tattoo artist David Allen, who is renowned for his work tattooing over mastectomy scars of breast cancer survivors. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Bold Goal, which aims to cut the current number of US breast cancer deaths in half by 2026. 


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Mala by Bali Malas


Studded with earthy stones like lava and howlite, Bali Malas’ Warrior Mala and Warrior Bracelet were designed by Robert Sturman, a yoga photographer and an OMbassador for the brand, whose photographs of practicing veterans helps to raise awareness of yoga’s healing benefits. Twenty percent of mala and bracelet sales support yoga programs for veterans, such as Warriors at Ease, Connected Warriors, and Veterans Yoga Project 

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Scarf by 3Strands Shop


3Strands Shop provides job opportunities, trade skills, and sustainable income to survivors of human trafficking and those at risk, teaching them to create handmade accessories. This lightweight, cotton-silk-blend fringe scarf, made by artisans in Vietnam, is a perfectly light layer for crisp fall days and comes in an array of vivid hues.


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Tote by Handwoven with Love


Handwoven with Love’s Triangle Bucket Tote is fair trade and handmade in Haiti using ancient weaving techniques and eco-friendly dyes. Each sale supports the Haiti Design Co-op, which offers financial stability to local artisans through employment and training.


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Tea by Organic India


Organic India’s Tulsi Turmeric Ginger Tea combines stress-relieving tulsi (holy basil) and warming, immune-supporting spices in a delicious pre- or post-yoga brew—one that also helps support India’s environmental and social future. This conscious company is committed to regenerative agriculture, a set of holistic practices that aims to rebuild soil health and crop resilience, while employing thousands of small-family farmers and widows, allowing them to earn fair wages.


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