Doing good with your dollar
Before you know it, every darned media outlet in the country – from the evening newscast to your local A&E section – will jabber on about holiday shopping. Ugh. But somehow spending wads of cash seems more more palatable when a portion of it goes toward a good cause. It’s easy to support causes you believe in just with the purchases you make. From Aveda lotion to a pink blender, here’s a few ideas for goods that do some good. Each of the items listed here are either earth-friendly or a portion of the proceeds benefits a do-good organization, like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Aveda Pink Ribbon Hand ReliefChock full of licorice extract, meadowfoam seed oil and vitamins A and E, this rich hand lotion hydrates dry, chapped hands, helping to “diminish signs of aging and provide optimial relief,” according to http://www.aveda.com. Besides soothing and smoothing your paws, $4 of every purchase goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Price: $18. Visit http://www.aveda.com.Juicywallets from the Koko CompanyThere’s no question that these super colorful wallets are made from recycled materials. Even better, the design you end up with is totally random. Depending on use, the folks at Koko Company say these wallets will last up to a year. Price: $15. Visit http://www.kokotrends.comKitchenAid “Cook for the Cure” appliances and accessoriesIs your kitchen feeling a bit, well, white? How about pinking it up a bit with Kitchen Aid appliances and accessories. Both functional and pretty, Kitchen Aid makes everything from a potato peeler to a ice cream scoop and their food processors in a “Cook for the Cure” edition where a portion of each purchase is donated to Komen for the Cure. Splurge and buy the stand mixer for $349.99 and KitchenAid will donate $50. Price: Varies. Visit http://www.kitchenaid.com.Rowenta ironThis Rowenta stainless-steel, 1700-watt iron has a pink hue. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And you assumed that absolutely nothing about ironing was “good.”Price: $79.99. Visit http://www.amazon.com.Tread Lightly ottoman and stoolsFurniture made from old tires? Now that’s pretty smart.”Big-wheelers usually deliver cool, innovative furniture pieces from the back of the truck. Call us loopy, but we focused instead on the wheels themselves,” reads the description for these uber contemporary, eco-friendly furniture pieces. The furniture won’t wear out (at least in your lifetime) and it keeps rubber from further congesting the country’s landfills. Plus, the tread patters create some pretty neat designs. Even the cushions covering the stools are covered with reclaimed killims. Price: The stool is on sale for $79; the ottoman is $849. Visit http://www.vivaterra.com.’The News is Blue’ BraceletBrazilian designer Francis Oliveira designs handmade bracelets, necklaces and even handbags made from recycled magazine print. Choose from predominantly white, beige, red or blue colored bracelets. Glass beads complete the design. Price: $19.95. Visit http://www.novica.com.Pink Grapefruit Tea MarmaladeThis tropical tart and sweet jam doesn’t just taste good on your morning muffin, it does some good, too. For each sale, The Republic of Tea will donate 55 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Try it with a piping-hot cup of Sip for the Cure Pink Grapefruit Green Tea ($10.95).Price: $7.75. Visit http://www.republicoftea.com.Glow-in-the-dark Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good ballThe Planet Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit part of wwwplanetdog.com. Their mission is to support canine service programs. One hundred percent of the sales for this glow-in-the-dark, recyclable ball goes to the foundation. Price: $9.95. Visit http://www.planetdog.com.Arts & Entertainment Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or email@example.com.