Isn’t it such a win-win when you find a product or a service that you love and in someway your purchase ends up giving back to a cause you are passionate about?
This happened to me today as I perusing the hair product aisles of my local Target store. I’m a naturally curly haired curl so I was on the search for some good ole’ sulfate & paraben free conditioner to handle my tresses. Looking through the shelves a bottle caught my attention because it was on sale ($4.24) & I saw my favorite words…”cocounut oil”. Perfect for my curls. However, as I looked closer the bottle read, “Soap=Hope. Your purchase donates one month of clean water”. Oh, snap! I can hook up my hair & give back at the same time!?! I had to learn more about this win-win situation. I pulled out my phone & began my research right in the hair care aisle.
Here’s what I found….the company, Soapbox Soaps, started 2 years ago and is actively donating soap all around the world. Their website states that “More than 3,000 children’s lives could be saved every day with something as simple as a bar of soap & clean water.” For every bar of soap purchased Soapbox will either provide bars of soaps to children in impoverished areas, provide clean water or vitamin supplements. On the Soapbox Soap‘s website you can purchase Bar Soap, Liquid Soap or Body Wash. However, their hair care products can be found at Target.
So, what did my conditioner & shampoo (yup, I went all in & bought the system) purchase do to make a difference today? This is the amazing part…..for each bottle I bought I helped in providing a month’s supply of clean water to a community that is in need. (Soapbox has partnered up with Splash, a company that goes into communities and cleans the water then provides hygiene educational services .) On the back of each bottle is a Hope Code. Once you punch the Hope Code into the their website you can then track your donation and find out how you are making a difference. WOW! For example, my conditioner and shampoo purchases went to The Project: Clean Water & Hygiene Education in Cambodia. 62, 908 children are served daily at this site. Soapbox donations go to Haiti, Ecuador, Kenya, Honduras, Canada, Uganda, Thailand, India, South Africa, Zambia. They also provide soap locally to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and nursing homes here in the United States.
I was really pleased to see that I, along with my children, could track our donation and learn more about where and how it was being used. Oh, wait! Did I tell you I am looking forward to trying the shampoo & conditioner on my own hair? The products have a very clean, but subtle scent of coconut & the conditioner is thick and creamy. For us, curly-haired folks, this is a must & usually is a good indicator to me that I can work this product into my hair regiment. (Well, my regiment being wash, condition, detangle & bun. Hee, hee!)
Soapbox Soaps is a company I am definitely going to keep my eye on and hope to begin to purchase more of their products. My next stop is to try their bar soap. Olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter were some of the ingredients listed for their soaps….sounds perfect to me!
Same day same store just one more aisle over …..this win-win opportunity presented itself, again. I was on the search for hair-ties for my daughter and I. (Remember I am a 24/7 rocking the bun, chic….so I need to pull these curls back.) I came across a pack of 4 colorful hair-ties/bracelets. My daughter would love this since she mainly uses them as bracelets. I knew I could use them because they had good stretch & were made out of a satin-like material which is great for my curls.
These packs were created by a company called Simbi, which has partnered up with Target to bring clean water to Haiti. On the back of the package it reads, ” Each Simbi sold purifies 1 gallon of water per day.” When I read this I quickly snagged 4 packs and did a little research. Yup, right there in the aisle, again.
Simbi is a company that originally began selling hair-ties/bracelets to raise funds to “help with water filtration in Haiti after the Cholera epidemic.” Simbi continues to sell its’ hair-ties along with other apparel. Their website states that, “collections are conceived, designed, cut, sewn, and proudly handcrafted in Haiti in an effort to bring jobs, and improve and empower lives of the women of Haiti.” My purchases of these packs of bracelets will not only help raise money for clean water, but will also help keep Haitian women employed. This is another company I hope to be able to spend my pennies on, especially if I can play a part in helping another mother care and take care of their family.
I had no idea that running into Target for just an everyday purchase would make such an impact. The simple things that my family and I use (and waste) everyday are needs that other families around the world are lacking. I hope I can begin to be more conscious of my purchases, more grateful for what we have and work to find outlets where my family can take steps to improve out world.
Do you have a favorite product or service that gives back locally or globally? If so, please share. I would love to hear from you!