Good Companies are doing vital work to fight for better educational opportunities, both here at home and abroad. From providing basic school supplies to revolutionizing entire social systems, their missions aren’t just inspirational — they make it easy to make a difference in everyday ways.
Back to school shopping takes on whole new levels of meaning when the yearly act of stocking up on pencils and notebooks becomes a way to fight hunger or when buying a new bike helps send young girls to school. Read on to discover the Good Companies that go beyond helping you to check off your end-of-summer shopping list, and make a positive impact in the lives of students everywhere.
Makes: Whimsical backpacks, lunch boxes, and bags for kids.
Mission: To provide kids worldwide with the necessary tools for an education. For every item purchased, they give a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need; they’ve distributed them in Haiti, India, the Philippines, Rwanda, the U.S., and more.
Makes: Notebooks, pencils, and other writing supplies.
Mission: Their goal is to support creative work in U.S. public schools. They donate 25% of the profits from every sale to help fill the funding gap for creative arts classes; every product has a specific classroom stamp to allow customers to trace their impact.
Makes: Pop culture-themed gifts, including a special Back to School section with backpacks and notebooks.
Mission: To end hunger in America. For every $10 that customers spend, BoxLunch provides a meal to a person in need. Since 2015 they’ve donated over 10 million meals.
Makes: Colorful, vibrant school supplies including bags, notebooks, pencils, and art supplies.
Mission: Helping school children across the U.S. to learn and have fun. For every item purchased, another is donated to kids in need. Since their launch in 2014, Yoobi has donated enough supplies to impact more than 2 million schoolchildren in the United States.
Makes: Backpacks and pencil cases (for grownups and kids).
Mission: To help children and shift the narrative around social injustice. For each bag purchased they donate a fully-stocked backpack to an American child in need. STATE also runs #WhatDoWeTellTheKids campaigns to shed light on social injustices and marginalized populations; topics include #BlackLivesMatter, Chicago’s violence epidemic, and LGBTQ issues.
Makes: Organic snacks.
Mission: To foster social progress and sustainable business. Natierra’s Feed a Soul Project has three components — Providing meals to Haitian children for every bag of snacks sold; Giving school supplies and uniforms to the children of their salt harvesters in South America; And donating 1% of their profits to organizations making a positive social impact.
Mission: Empowering schoolgirls globally. For every bike sold, a bike is given to a student in a developing country, giving them freedom to travel. Vélosophy notes that giving a girl a bike can increase her presence in school by 30% and improve results as much as 60%, and an extra year of education increases a girl’s income by 10-20%, helping to break the cycle of poverty.