18 Goods That Give Back To The World

We may get buyer's remorse for getting something that was just a teensy-bit small in the hope of shedding those last five pounds, or in a color that just doesn't go with anything, or even buying something when we're not all there upstairs. However, the purchases we never regret are the ones that go towards benefiting others as well as the environment, and it certainly doesn't hurt when that product is super-chic, useable in everyday life, and can help start conversations with others about important causes. We've rounded up some of the most amazing goods on the market that help the world in many different ways, from planting trees, to conserving elephants, to helping rehabilitate children in the war-torn Congo. Interested? Click on through our slideshow to learn about some truly amazing charities and how your purchase can help make a change for everyone.
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Japanese company Felissimo has released a tote bag, tenugui (a cloth which can be used as a handkerchief, dishcloth, sport towel, or a headband), and ring to benefit those whose lives were affected by the Japanese tsunami. The proceeds of each item go to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to support the affected areas and people, as well as UNESCO Tribute 21 DREAM world institute program, which provides art education in developing countries.

Felissimo Tote Bag, $35, available at Felissimo.

Felissimo Tenugui, $12.50, available at Felissimo.

Felissimo Allumonde Ring, $23.56, available at Felissimo.
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Don't let the name Poo Poo Paper scare you. Yes, the company's paper products are all made from processed and recycled elephant dung, but we can guarantee that they don't smell one bit. A portion of the proceeds also go towards elephant welfare and conservation, so you can be sure that elephants stay safe and can continue helping to produce pretty paper.

Elephant Poo Paper Journal & Note Box, $14, available at Uncommon Goods.
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All Attitudes By Renee pendants help good causes—20% of each pendant go toward the associated charities, and we love that the symbolism of the pendant is to remember that "life is half-full" during challenging times. This Pink Topaz pendant benefits the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation In Greater NYC.

Susan G. Komen Pink Topaz Pendant, $185, available at Attitudes be Renee.
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All of the products at Re:Modern are sustainable, but we couldn't help but fall in love with these colorful bamboo bowls. The company is a member of 1% For The Planet and donates their proceeds to various arts, community, and environment endeavors.

Bamboo Bowl, $16, available at Re:Modern.
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Okay, this is just too cool. You can record yourself saying a word, phrase, song, prayer, or whatever you like, and send the audio file to Bespoken Art. They'll take the sound-waves of the clip and create a custom piece of artwork for you or a very lucky loved one.

Bespoken Art Sound Portrait, starting at $250, available at Bespoken Art.
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Clarins has partnered with FEED projects to create this great little beauty package. The Feed 15 pouch contains a hand and nail cream, body lotion, and lip treatment, and the profits from the package will purchase 15 children's meals. In addition, for every person who "likes" Clarins on Facebook during August, Elle Magazine will donate one meal through the World Food Program.

Clarins FEED Set, $44, available at Nordstrom.
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Here's a little love for man's best friends. These dog beds from See Scout Sleep were lovingly crafted by hand in Louisiana and are sustainable, hypoallergenic, and provide joint and muscle relief for your favorite pooch. Better yet, 10% of the company's proceeds go to support the Gulf Coast Fund.

See Scout Sleep Racetrack Shape Large Bed, $240, available at See Scout Sleep.
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Have you seen a more stunning and simple necklace than this? Featuring a 7.5mm Akoya cultured pearl and a red enamel disk representing the Japanese flag, 100% of the proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Mikimoto Japan Relief Pendant, $290, available at Mikimoto.
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All throughout the month of August, Neutrogena will donate $1 to Global Giving for every Neutrogena Acne, Cleansing, or Cosmetics product that's sold and registered on their website. Just go to Neutrogena Wave For Change and enter your UPC code.

Neutrogena Clear Oil-Control Foaming Cleanser, $5.99, available at Neutrogena.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm, $7.99, available at Neutrogena.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Clenser, $6.49, available at Neutrogena.

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There's pretty much nothing that PROOF doesn't do. For each pair of wooden sunglasses you buy, a large portion of the proceeds go towards giving sight-giving surgery to a person in need in India. The company also helps replants forests in Haiti. Plus, you can send your old PROOF sunglasses back when they've run their course so they can be recycled into wood-shavings for animal bedding, or for fuel pellets to heat homes. In addition, you'll receive a sweet discount on your next pair of shades if you recycle. The sunglasses themselves are made from sustainable woods and, frankly, are so damn gorgeous you'll want every pair.

PROOF Bird-Stained Bamboo Sunglasses, $105, available at PROOF.
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Now that you're enamored with elephant poo paper, here's something to write on it with. Each of Seltzer's Seven Year Pens are made from eco-friendly materials, and a portion of each sale goes to Seltzer Supports Earthjustice, which defends the rights of the environment.

Seltzer Seven Year Pens, $7.50, available at Seltzer.
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Sure, the teeth in this necklace are shark teeth. That's cool enough on its own. However, they're actually 60-million-year-old fossilized shark teeth that the artist found herself in Khouribga, Morocco, which is even cooler. A portion of the proceeds from this necklace and all of Natalie Dissel's jewelry go towards buying books, meals, and paying teachers salaries in Africa.

Natalie Dissel Fossil Shark Teeth necklace, $330, available at Natalie Dissel.
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WeWood unisex watches are all made from natural, sustainable woods and vary slightly in color depending on the season. For every watch you buy, WeWood plants a tree through the American Forests' Global ReLeaf Campaign.

WeWood Date Watch, $199, available at PacSun.
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This whistle is more than just a beautiful necklace—it's a reminded to "be a whistleblower for peace." 100% of the proceeds from each necklace go to rehabilitate war-affected children in the Congo through education, art, sports, music, human-rights education, vocational-skills training, medical treatment, and nutritional services. The whistle also serves as a protest against the wars in the Congo by starting a dialogue and raising awareness about the atrocities that go on there.

Falling Whistles Original, $34, available at Falling Whistles.
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