As we hold the fashion industry more accountable towards improving its sustainability practices, we also need to hold ourselves responsible for making more ethically conscious shopping decisions. Introducing: Shop It Forward — our new bi-weekly column that highlights the brands and retailers making an active difference in the world through charitable initiatives, because it's time to start shopping smart.
Now, more than ever, it's important to open the discussion on how our purchasing power — a.k.a where we decide to spend our money and what we decide to spend it on — impacts the world around us. While we're aware of how tempting it is to hide from the chaos, there are so many ways — big and small — that we can raise money, awareness, and support for the organizations that are fighting each and every day for our human rights. When it comes to giving back, everyone has their thing. This is ours.
This week, Shop It Forward is paying homage to an organization that, especially today, deserves more support than ever. The ACLU, or the American Civil Liberties Union, is dedicated to fighting for the rights of everyone, from protecting the LGBTQ+ community to ensuring that the Trump Administration is being held accountable for its actions. So before you pack up for the holiday weekend, why not do so with something more in mind? Ahead, we've rounded up 7 brands that aren't just donating to the ACLU, but are actually creating mindful campaigns and products that raise awareness while funding for the organization.
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As an immigrant and a father, I'm grateful to have the freedom raise my family in a country so rich with opportunity. I believe this should be the right of ALL families. To raise money for refugee families that have been imprisoned and separated at U.S. borders, United PARÁDISÔ has pre-realised our "IMMIGRANT" tee with 100% of proceeds going to @aclu_nationwide . There are still over 2,300 children separated from their families and more refugees being imprisoned every day. Click the bio link and show your support ☝️👊💥 #weareallimmigrants #familiesbelongtogether #aclu #keepfamiliestogether #togetherrising #unitedparadiso #elevatedstreetwear #highendstreetwear #smartstreetwear #streetstyle #streetwear #streetfashion #unitedstatesofconsciousness #mensfashion #menswear #mensstyle #mensstreetstyle #minimalarchive #nclgallery #hypebeast #hypebeaststyle #highsnobiety #highsnobietystyle #convertingculture #jamesdebruges #classystreetwear #classyvision #hypeflaw #pauseshots
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One week ago, 359 humans helped us paint this mural. Because of them, we were able to raise $3,590 for @aclu_nationwide making the grand total of money donated to $244,200. Thank you. Thank you to all who showed up to help and to everyone who has stopped by this week. Kent Ave and South 3rd Street. #HumanTogether 📷: @claudiao_u
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🔥 NEW TEE DROP 🔥 The New Colossus is the poem engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. You might remember the “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...” But right after that is the phrase: “yearning to breathe free.” Reading that shook me. I think about how Eric Garner begging for his life. “I can’t breathe.” That’s all anyone is asking for. Black folks. Elementary school kids. Mexican kids. Trans folks. It’s hard to figure out what to do sometimes, so I created these shirts today. I will donate 50% of proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. Links are included in my Tictail product page. Link in bio. ✊🏽 Part of the Civic Consumerism Series. Buy something for good. 👕 100% combined, ring-spun cotton. Printed to order so there’s no headstock. Unisex sizing S-4XL.
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*UPDATE: thank you to everyone who helped us to match donations! We are no longer accepting receipts as of 6/24/18* We can do this. Please donate to ACLU, RAICES, Texas Civil Rights Project, or The Florence Project, and send us your receipts. Thank you for helping make a difference. (Complimentary card wallet offer above valid on donations of $50 or more.)