How many times have you spent weeks driving around with a bag of clothes that you keep meaning (and forgetting) to donate? Now Nordstrom is making it easier than ever to donate your gently used clothing. The brand has started a new program that enables you to fill empty Nordstrom boxes from online orders with clothing, shoes, and accessories you’re no longer using. You can then mail in these donations for free. Instead of having them take up space in the trunk of your car or in your closet, you can put these pieces to good use.
Here are some other brands that help to make a positive difference:
Their sunnies are stylish, but the brand also regularly teams up with charities like Eyes on Africa and Restoring Vision. Plus, when you purchase a new pair of shades, DIFF will donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need.
The cosmetics company created its Charity Pot program a decade ago and has since donated more than $10 million to charities around the world. If you want to contribute, grab a jar of Charity Pot Body Lotion next time you’re in a Lush store or shopping online, since 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity.
The brand is committed to designing clothing that is eco-conscious. Patagonia’s brand is built on donating at least one percent of its sales to environmental efforts.
For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates a pair to a person in need, in addition to donating to a variety of other charities.
When you buy beauty products from Philosophy, you’re helping to contribute to their Hope & Grace initiative, which supports women’s mental health care.
Adding to your closet feels even better when you’re positively impacting the world as you do it. These brands make it easy to give back to charitable causes.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.