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Celebrate International Women's Day With These Gifts That Give Back

By Maya Stanton
March 8, 2019
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Courtesy Help Refugees/Choose Love
Put your money where your mouth is.

Conscious consumerism is more just than a catchphrase—it's a real opportunity to throw your dollars at companies whose goals and values match your own. Whether it's subsidizing artisans in remote corners of the world, feeding victims of poverty and natural disasters, fighting for equal rights, or defending the First Amendment, these 10 products are backed by organizations using their platforms to make a positive social impact.

1. Support Global Artisans

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This cheerful Mexican-made palm-leaf tote from GlobeIn inspires warm-weather thoughts, even in the dead of winter. It’s a great size—not too big and not too small, just right for a day at the beach—and it’s Fair Trade, so you can buy with confidence knowing that it was ethically produced, and that the artisans who made it by hand earn a wage that provides a sustainable standard of living.
Pom Pom Leaf Shopper, $50; shop.globein.com.

2. Empower Mothers and Children

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When it comes to shoes sold under a charitable business model, Toms aren’t the only game in town. A nonprofit founded in Kenya by two pastors, Ubuntu Life relies on local East African women to create its line of high-quality totes, clutches, beaded bracelets, pet collars, and espadrilles—or, as they’re cleverly called here, Afridrilles. The company provides sustainable employment alongside above-market wages and benefits. Profits go directly to the workers (many of whom are mothers to special-needs children), and purchases generate revenue for pediatric health and education efforts. We love the shoes: They require a little time to break in and run a touch small, but they’re well-designed and sturdy. They take up minimal suitcase space and coordinate with almost everything, and they're equally great for navigating airport security or transitioning from beach to boardwalk.
Classic Afridrilles, $75; ubuntulife.com.

3. Sport Sustainable Fashion

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Made in Jakarta by Balinese artisans, this vibrant, eco-friendly necklace layers strand upon strand of recycled-glass beads to stunning effect. A lightweight, versatile piece with a mother-of-pearl clasp, the Bali Bead necklace lays beautifully across the collarbone, dresses up any outfit, and won’t irritate sensitive skin, thanks to its metal-free construction. Company founder Lillian Daniels works directly with her suppliers, an endeavor that helps the craftswomen support their families and enhance their quality of life, and donates pieces to various organizations to raise money for first-generation college students, displaced families, female-centric organizations, and more.
The Bali Bead necklace, from $70; thebalibead.com.

4. Promote the First Amendment

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Part statement piece, part conversation-starter, this adorable onesie will ensure that your favorite tiny tyke gets a head start as an ambassador for human rights and free speech. (You can't teach equality early enough, if you ask us.) Since 1920, the ACLU has been supporting and defending our civil liberties, and purchases support the organization and its mission. It runs a bit small, so size up when you order.
Free Speech onesie, $20; shop.aclu.org.

5. Feed Hungry Kids

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Yes, these delightful dolls from cuddle+kind are hand-knit, loomed, embroidered, and crocheted in Peru by talented women earning a fair-trade income, and yes, the designs are mind-bogglingly cute—think: unicorns and mermaids, lambs and foxes, even fawns and flamingos, in sizes large and small. But that’s not even the best part. Thanks to partnerships with humanitarian organizations like the World Food Program USA and the Children’s Hunger Fund, each doll provides a hungry child with 10 meals, and the company aims to contribute a million meals a year. It’s a goal that seems eminently doable, especially considering the heirloom quality of the merchandise on offer.
Everest the Penguin, from $50; cuddleandkind.com.

6. Foster Tolerance and Inclusion

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As you’d expect from John Oliver and the team at HBO’s Last Week Tonight, this charmingly illustrated children’s book about two boy bunnies in love tells it like it is. Not only does it have a message of equality and acceptance (important principles to instill in travelers of all ages), it also teaches a valuable lesson about standing up for yourself, and doing your civic duty, too. Buying the eBook from the Trevor Project directly supports the org’s work with LGBTQ youth, but if you prefer a hardback, the Trevor Project and AIDS United still get the royalties for every new copy sold.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, $12; amazon.com.

7. Show Your Humanity

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The worldwide refugee crisis shows no signs of abating, but you can extend a helping hand by shopping with Choose Love, an online store selling essential items for those who have been displaced. These are gifts that will make a real difference, like tents, emergency blankets, hot meals, hygiene kits, diapers, and even access to mental-health and legal-aid services. With almost everything ringing in at $60 or less, compassion doesn't have to come at a high cost.
Clothing and supplies for refugees, us.choose.love.

8. Advocate for Equal Rights

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Every packing list needs a neutral tee that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and between its lived-in feel and understated design, this super-soft grey number from the Human Rights Campaign is destined to become a regular in the wardrobe rotation. All net proceeds go toward HRC's fight against discrimination and its work to secure LGBTQ rights and protections, so you can announce your allegiance with aplomb.
Rainbow Earth t-shirt, $29; hrc.org.

9. Combat Hunger and Poverty

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As climate change affects the frequency and intensity of natural disasters at home and abroad, it’s becoming increasingly clear that some of our favorite destinations, from California to Puerto Rico, are among those at serious risk. Through his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, celebrity chef José Andrés and his network of like-minded cohorts have put boots on the ground to feed millions of people in the wake of hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and more. Donations to the 501(c)3 go toward the ongoing relief efforts, but they also support its long-term programs: health, education, jobs, and social-enterprise initiatives that look to build stronger communities and economies.
Donations to World Central Kitchen, worldcentralkitchen.org.

10. Give a Dog a Second Chance

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It’s the best of both worlds for puppy-loving caffeine fiends: a coffee company focused on organic fair-trade blends that donates a cut of its proceeds to rescue organizations across the country. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.'s stainless steel, double-wall-insulated tumbler keeps drinks hot for six hours and won’t leak all over in the process. And about those donations: Grounds & Hounds earmarks 20 percent of its profits to effecting ground-level change—everything from assisting with rescue transfers and supporting life-saving initiatives to funding spay-and-neuter services and supplying shelters and low-income households with food and toys.
Key to Happiness tumbler, $14; groundsandhoundscoffee.com.

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While we can’t do anything about the seatmate who takes over your shared armrest, or the drink cart that bumps your elbow with every trip down the aisle, or the lack of legroom in coach, we’ve put our frequent-flier miles to good use and collected the gear to make your time in transit as enjoyable as possible. From pillows and earplugs to blankets and socks, here’s what you should stash in your carry-on for a smooth, no-friction travel day. 1. Charge Up (Courtesy Anker) Yes, most planes have in-seat outlets these days, but if you’re on a short hopper flight, your aircraft probably won’t have a plug. Avoid outages with Anker’s tiny power bank—at just four inches long and weighing less than five ounces, it’ll keep your devices humming along until you’re back on the ground. Anker PowerCore 5000, $22; amazon.com. SHOP CARD HERE 2. 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Plus, with 10 hours of playback time, they’ll take you from check-in to deplaning in one go.ISOtunes Audio Professional Noise Isolating Earbuds, $90; thegrommet.com. 4. Organize Your Essentials (Courtesy Flight 001) With labeled pockets and pouches for your tablet, smartphone, passport, and more, Flight 001’s in-seat organizer is a Type A personality’s dream. Unfold it and hang it from your tray table’s hook, or keep it zipped and put it in the seat-back pocket in front of you—either way, you’ll have instant access to your gear. Seat Pak Pro, $40; flight001.com. 5. Stay Moisturized (Courtesy Skinny & Company) Recirculated cabin air is notoriously drying and germ-ridden, but a good lip balm can help keep your skin's moisture barrier intact. Skinny & Co.’s formula relies on coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and vitamin E to prevent against the painful cracks and chapping that allow bacteria to sneak into your system, and it feels light yet substantial when applied. Stash one tube in the aforementioned organizer, one in your Dopp kit, and one in your coat pocket, and you’ll be covered on all fronts.Lip balm, $17 for three; skinnyandcompany.com. 6. Get Comfortable (Courtesy Slip) First-class tastes on a main-cabin budget? Slip’s pure-silk pillow and eye mask will keep tangles, flyaways, and sleep creases at bay, so you’ll arrive at your destination looking refreshed. The set is a bit of a splurge, both in terms of cost and how much space it takes up in your bag, but if you’ve got a serious beauty routine, you’ll want to make sure it’s protected, especially when you're crammed into a middle seat in coach.Beauty Sleep to Go! Travel Set, $120; slip.com. 7. Guard Your Ears (Courtesy Pluggerz) Changing air pressure on takeoff and landing often wreaks havoc on sensitive ears, especially during cold-and-flu season, when congestion can result in all kinds of aches and pains. Travel-specific earplugs, like this pair from Pluggerz, alleviate the pressure and keep your ears from popping, even when everyone around you is suffering. Pluggerz Uni-Fit Travel earplugs, $10; jet.com. 8. Corral Your Cords (Courtesy Aseismanos) If you’re an artist, by all means, load up this adorable waxed-canvas pencil case from Aseismanos with your must-have pens and tools, but don’t fear if you’re less creatively inclined—you can still put it to good use. At 7-½” long by 2-½” wide, it perfectly accommodates a small, two-port plug, an extra-long phone cord (complete with Cable Bite), and a small charging cable or two, and it’s slim enough that it'll slide seamlessly into your bag, no matter how full.Small pencil case, $28; aseismanos.com. 9. Keep Your Blood Moving (Courtesy VIM & VIGR) To reduce swelling, improve circulation, and give tired legs an energy boost, compression socks are the way to go. Most of the offerings on the market tend to be orthopedic in style, but with colorful patterns in cotton, nylon, and merino wool for men and women alike, these fun little numbers from VIM & VIGR grant you all of the therapeutic benefits with none of the seatmate side-eye.Compression socks, $33; vimvigr.com. 10. Stay Warm (Courtesy Bloomingdale's) In-cabin temperatures can be unpredictable at best, so you'll want to be prepared if you’re susceptible to the chills. This light, quilted blanket from Sparrow & Wren will have you snuggled up quickly, thanks to its down fill and generous 50" x 70" size.Sparrow & Wren Packable Down Throw, $45 (regularly $90); bloomingdales.com. 11. Pack It All In (Courtesy Topo Designs) Too many items for one central organizer? Split your gear between a few smaller pouches, and your bottomless tote will seem much more manageable. These accessory bags from Topo Designs are ideal: Stash eye drops, lip balm, and Advil in the smallest; hand sanitizer, lotion, and a compact in the next size up; and laptop chargers, power cords, and social-media equipment in the largest. Made from hardy Cordura fabric and boasting bright-red zipper pulls, they’ll withstand potential snags and tears, and they’re easy to spot in your bag too. Accessory bags, from $15; topodesigns.com.

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While we can’t do anything about the seatmate who takes over your shared armrest, or the drink cart that bumps your elbow with every trip down the aisle, or the lack of legroom in coach, we’ve put our frequent-flier miles to good use and collected the gear to make your time in transit as enjoyable as possible. From pillows and earplugs to blankets and socks, here’s what you should stash in your carry-on for a smooth, no-friction travel day. Find these items in the Inflight Essentials Collection in our Shop. 1. Charge Up Yes, most planes have in-seat outlets these days, but if you’re on a short hopper flight, your aircraft probably won’t have a plug. Avoid outages with Anker’s tiny power bank—at just four inches long and weighing less than five ounces, it’ll keep your devices humming along until you’re back on the ground. 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Anyone who’s impulse-bought a seemingly suitable neck pillow just before boarding a redeye, only to discover midway through the flight that it’s a glorified beanbag, knows that the proper structure and support can make or break a long-haul flight. Functionality is key: First and foremost, you need to keep your head upright (too much bobbing up and down, and you’ll wake abruptly; leaning too much to one side or the other, and you’ll wake with a cricked neck). But portability and design are also important. We like models that don’t take up too much space in your bag, or come with a case that attaches to your carry-on—you don’t want something that’s going to be up against your face coming into contact with those notorious airplane germs. Comfort is subjective, but whether you’re a side-sleeper or someone who wants to feel cocooned in their seat, our picks will have you deplaning well-rested and refreshed, ready to take on that next adventure. 1. The Standout (Courtesy Cabeau) With firm memory-foam padding up to the ears, a cool, quick-drying fabric cover to keep you from overheating in fluctuating cabin temps, adjustable chin straps for a customized fit, and more straps that attach to your seatback to keep it all in place, Cabeau’s Evolution S3 pillow is our pick of the bunch. At just under 12 ounces, it’s slightly heavier than the others we tried, and the extra level of padding makes it difficult to use with over-ear headphones, but it easily rolls up to a quarter of its size to fit inside the included travel case—and at six inches wide by five-and-a-half inches high, it’s not a problem to find space for it in your bag (and it won’t be in the way if you decide to attach it to your suitcase, either). It even has a zippered pocket for keeping small essentials, like lip balm or eye drops, close at hand. Grade: ACabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow, $40; amazon.com. 2. The Utilitarian One (Courtesy Travelrest) A close runner-up, Travelrest’s thermo-sensitive memory-foam pillow may look like your standard, u-shaped model, but this version provides substantial cushioning without making you sweat, even with a plush velour cover. This well-padded headrest has an angled back that won't force your head forward, and a Velcro tab under the chin that allows you to adjust the fit, which does give it a bit of a doctor-prescribed cervical collar feel. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, given the quality construction and level of support. It comes with a set of earplugs and a small bag to carry it in, but our tester had trouble cramming the stiff foam into the little sack from her seat in coach, where the elbow room is nonexistent. Grade: A- Travelrest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow, $40; amazon.com. 3. The Cozy One (Courtesy BCOZZY) This one may require some personal adjustments (our tester found it a bit tight at first), but once you’ve figured out the best way to wrap it around your neck, get ready for some solid Zs. With a cushiony filling that keeps your chin from dropping mid-nap and a soft microfleece fabric on one side and microsuede on the other, the BCOZZY pillow is best for overnight flights, or those lasting six hours or more: Though it has a Velcro strap that’ll attach to your carry-on handle, it’s bulkier than other neck pillows and doesn’t really squish down much. If you prefer to stash it in your tote, it’ll occupy substantial real estate—and for shorter trips, the space-comfort trade-off may not be worth it. Grade: B+BCOZZY Chin-Supporting Travel Pillow, $30; amazon.com. (Budget Travel readers receive 20% off with coupon code BUDGETTRAVEL, good through April 15, 2019.) 4. The Compact One (Courtesy Trtl) When you’re committed to traveling light, the Trtl pillow is a good bet. It folds to take up the least amount of room in your bag, and its scarf-like style offers a unique form of support: Instead of bracing your head at 360 degrees, a fleece-covered plastic insert nestles into the side of your neck to prop you up while you snooze, and the fabric wraps around to secure it snugly in place. Our tester had a hard time finding a comfy fit, but we’ve heard from others that they won’t fly with anything else. (The company recommends experimenting before you travel and suggests this video with tips on how best to wear.) It’s ideal for those who lean to one side or the other while they sleep, so if your head tends to roll around a bit, this may not be the model for you. Grade: BTrtl Pillow, $30; trtltravel.com.

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