A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I would model for a new outdoor clothing brand. Of course my reply was, “Yes!” but little did I know that small company, Cotopaxi, would become the well known “Gear for Good” brand it is today. Ever since I modeled for Cotopaxi, I started following more brands who have a mission to give back, and I began to think of ways I can use my talents to also “give back” to those in my community. Now, I try to shop at “give back” brands, and I volunteer as a model for art and photography students (helping them master their talents, because someone has to do it!). I’ve learned that we have the ability to be a “give back” brand ourselves by serving those around us. As you think of ways you can share your talents in the form of service, have fun browsing this list of stylish “give back” brands. Who knows, maybe you’ll start your own someday!

All the Wild Roses

Bohemian style that empowers female entrepreneurs in developing regions.


The Little Market

Accessories and more fair trade goods made by women refugees and survivors.


Makai Clothing Co.

Cream Cable Knit Beanie

Cable Knit Beanies that protect endangered sea turtles.


Fazl Socks

Cozy socks that provide food, shelter, and education to orphaned children in India.


American Rhino

Beach essentials to preserve and protect African wildlife. (Note: A Rhea Favorite!)



Adventure gear that educates children and tries to improve lives in impoverished regions.


Out of Print

Harry Potter gear dedicated to promoting literacy in underserved communities.


So, what’s your favorite “give back” brand? What ways can you “give back” in your community? Don’t forget to share with #itsmytimeto #giveback!

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