Products With a Purpose, Spring 2018
What they offer: Using an in-house team of artists, The Mountain has created the “Protect Line” — a collection of T-shirts, hats, tote bags and mugs that feature images of the world’s most alluring and charismatic animal species that are either vulnerable, threatened or endangered. The Protect Line features seven mammals, one reptile and one insect each accompanied with a call to action.
How they give: The Mountain has partnered with seven nonprofit conservation organizations. A percentage of sales are earmarked for Pandas International, the African Wildlife Foundation, Panthera, Polar Bears International, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Honeybee Conservancy and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
What they offer: The Naked Bee offers organic-based personal care products. The signature scent, Orange Blossom Honey, is known for its lightly sweet, citrus smell. All products are made with “All the good stuff, none of the bad stuff” to give a product that’s good for you and good for Mother Earth.
How they give: Operation Pollination began three years ago as a partnership with retailers to bring awareness to the declining honeybee population. Operation Pollination provides free packets of Honeybee-friendly wildflower seed packets and free signage to start a nationwide campaign that can create change. In 2017, Operation Pollination distributed almost 50,000 seed packets.
What they offer: Eagle Emblems is a design manufacturer of patriotic and military products for all five branches of the U.S. Military. Its catalog of products features thousands of items, including hats, signs, pins, magnets, banners, souvenirs, patches, jewelry and much more.
How they give: Founded by World War I veteran Louis Xavier Gilbertson, Eagle Emblems has an ongoing mission of honoring American war heroes that sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. A “generous portion” of all proceeds goes to the KIA Honor Flag Organization (www.KIAHonorFlag.org), which supports families and children left behind.
What they offer: Billed as “A Plush With a Purpose,” Wonder Duck plush comes in numerous bright color combinations. Each duck comes with a “pal paper” to commemorate the recipient’s new friendship.
How they give: All proceeds go to Children’s Skin Disease Foundation (www.csdf.org) to improve the lives of children living with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases. Each donation from the purchase of a Wonder Duck will go to supporting Camp Wonder — a summer camp for affected children — establishing additional camps, providing scholarships for children with skin disease, paying for medical expenses and granting family wishes.
What they offer: Cashews, lots of them in four styles — plain, sprinkling of salt, roasted with herbs and roasted with spices. Founders Terri and Don Larson, a 25-year veteran of the corporate food industry, moved from Philadelphia to Mozambique in 2011 to start Sunshine Nut Company.
How they give: The Sunshine Approach business model Don Larson developed creates markets for smallholder farmers, employs young men and women orphaned in their youth — the majority of employees at the Sunshine factory are former orphans. The model provides dignity through the value chain all the way down to the farmer, pairs up the widowed and orphaned into family units, and gives back our profits to help the poorest of the poor.