Sometimes there’s more to what’s in your home than what you can see. Companies in the decor and design space have a unique opportunity to give back to communities that need help and attention, and today we’re highlighting a few of our favorites. Keep reading to discover how platforms you are (and aren’t!) familiar with are impacting the community and world around them—with your help.
Leesa, an exciting, affordable mattress company that delivers your mattress fuss-free (in a box!) and straight to your door, also has a few programs you should be interested in learning about. The company donates one mattress for every ten they sell. Since their launch in January 2015, they’ve donated over 4,000 to shelters across the country. They’ve also partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress they sell. In 2015, they planted 32,000, have promised to plant 50,000 in 2016, and have pledged to plant one million trees by 2025. Now that’s sustainability.
ArtLifting is a platform that sells artwork created by homeless, formerly homeless, or disabled artists. According to their website, “ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation.” Artists earn 55% of each sale of their work—which is across the board impressive. Check it out at ArtLifting.com.
leesa x artlifting
We have to give a special mention to the amazing partnership between Leesa and ArtLifting. If you’re in NYC, you can visit The Leesa Dream Gallery, which is showcasing Leesa and ArtLiftings limited edition mattress with a cover designed by ArtLifting artist, Scott Benner (that is available for purchase, of course, with a portion of proceeds going to ArtLifting).
passion works studio
Passion Works Studio is similar to ArtLifting, but it’s local (hey, Athens, Ohio!) and strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes artists with and without disabilities to strengthen the community. Learn how to get involved at PassionWorks.org.
(Shout out to Kiera Kushlan who shared Passion Works Studio with us while discussing her 3D gallery wall!)
the company store
The Company Store has a handful of partnerships that help those in need, but we have to call out their Buy One, Give One program that donates comforters to homeless children around the country. They’ve donated thousands of comforters through a partnership with Family Promise.
Meet the Better To Give program. For every purchase you make, $1 is donated to the non-profit of your choice. Over the past 12 years, Uncommon Goods has donated over one million dollars to charities. Learn more at UncommonGoods.com.
This social enterprise creates opportunity for the homeless or addicted transitioning out of recovery programs by giving them an opportunity to help craft projects created with reclaimed goods. According to their website, “We understand to be a craftsman is a calling—a pursuit and a need to build, so we put our energy into providing opportunity—more importantly HOPE for the hopeless craftsmen.” So far, they’ve logged over 66,500 hours of work, 1,200 tables for families, and used over 240,000 pounds of reclaimed waste—that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.
(P.S. They’re releasing bed swings in June.)
Lush’s Charity Pot story goes a little something like this. The company launched a hand and body lotion in 2007 and promised to donate every cent (minus taxes) to “supporting humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes locally and around the world.” Since then, they’ve donated more than ten million dollars to over 850 grassroots charities in 42 countries… Which basically gives a whole new meaning to the products you choose to keep and use in your home—bath and body products included.
Prosperity Candle gives back by employing women who have recently resettled in the United States, leaving refugee camps behind. Their website reads, “As we grow, Prosperity Candle will continue to create opportunities for women refugees here in the U.S., and support women’s entrepreneurship in places like Haiti. We have seen how one candle can brighten the lives of many.” That’s definitely incentive to buy and burn a few new candles.
sackcloth & ashes
Founder Bob Dalton created Sackcloth & Ashes after his own mother became homeless in 2013 and after countless calls to nearby shelters, he became aware that they were all reporting a need for one item. A blanket. For every blanket you purchase, they’ll donate one to your local shelter, so you’ll be making a difference in your own community. So far they’ve donated over 4,500 blankets to homeless shelters—help them make it more at SackclothAndAshes.com.