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Edited by on April 12 2011 at 9:11 AM

We like to shop, and of course we’d like to volunteer for charity, but sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day for it all. Good news for you – you can save the world simply by satisfying your retail whims. Thanks to some seriously forward thinking CEOs who are helping the world, and still making a profit.

5 Companies with Life Changing Return Policies

FREEWATERS

Problem: Over 3,000,000 people die every year from unsafe water, most under the age of 5. That’s more than die from war annually.

Mission: Your new expertly innovated flip flops = one year of clean drinking water for an individual in a poverty stricken rural community.

 

5 Companies with Life Changing Return Policies

WARBY PARKER

Problem: 1. Glasses are way too expensive. 2. OneĀ billion people don’t have access to glasses. That means 15% of the world is unable to work and learn effectively because they cannot see clearly.

Mission: Buy a pair of vintage inspired glasses for $95, they give a pair to someone in need.

 

5 Companies with Life Changing Return Policies

TOMS

Problem: Hundreds of millions of children are at risk of contracting STDs (soil transmitted diseases) from volcanic and chemically contaminated soil. These diseases are 100% preventable by wearing shoes.

Mission: For every pair of shoes you buy, they give a pair to a child in need. And they don’t stop giving after that child outgrows them.

 

5 Companies with Life Changing Return Policies

SUR EVOLUTION

Problem: Artisans across the world do not have a proper marketplace for their work, and thus are living in poverty.

Mission: Empower artisans by selling their products at fair trade prices, using sustainable materials and, respecting nature and cultures.

 

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ORGANIC SURGE

Problem: 1. Our toiletries contain a staggering amount of harsh chemicals. 2. There are a staggering number of children in Africa living in poverty.

Mission: Proceeds from range of chemical-free beauty products goes to providing emotional and financial aid to vulnerable children in Africa.

 

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Story by Jessica Lapidos

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