Part of the fun of Brand on the Street is that we learn about a lot of companies that we otherwise would not have known about. The companies that excite us are not just the ones that are doing good for the world; we love the companies that are finding innovative solutions to complex problems and finding unique ways to create compelling brand stories. Here are a few of them:
The People’s Movement creates eco-hip footwear and accessories that stand for reduction of single-use plastic. We pair eco-conscious materials with up-cycled plastic bags cleaned from Bali creating products that help protect our planet. We also support organizations like 5 Gyres who have systematically reduced plastics through oceanic research, collaboration and action
“We pay artists for their work – they receive an upfront payment for each design and earn royalties on every pair sold. Since launch, we’ve given over $500,000 back to our artist community. We also donate a portion of proceeds for every pair made in collaboration with non-profit organizations.”
What a creative company. Here is what they say about themselves: The Sanuk brand has been around since 1997 when founder Jeff Kelley started making sandals out of inner tubes and indoor-outdoor carpet. This spirit of innovation grew and became the backbone of the brand. From the early “Wire” and Poncho sandals to Yoga Mat Sandals and Sidewalk Surfers we have continually sought out unique and new techniques.
Why leave a foot print when you travel?
We don’t eat foods based on looks, do we? What if an imperfect looking fruit tasted the same, cost less and created less waste, would you eat it?
“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound
of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”
You haven’t lived until you have walked a mile in another person’s…tires!? We love this concept on many levels, it is filled with Sole!
We are very big fans of this company. Here is what they say about themselves: 1% of the total annual sales of Good Soap™ is donated to the Whole Planet Foundation, which works to alleviate poverty through microcredit in communities around the world. We also committed to use the funds generated by the sales of Good Soap™ to build a kindergarten in Togo each year. We believe kindergarten gives young children the basic skills and knowledge they need to be successful in primary school and improves the likelihood they will remain in school and graduate from secondary school.
In 2014, the Kaboli Kindergarten was built and is now attended by 60 boys and girls. We also constructed a latrine for students in Kouloumi. Here in the US, the convenience and luxury that clean and safe toilet facilities provide is often forgotten. In 2015, we broke ground on a kindergarten in the village of Adjengré. Our Good Soap™ initiative will continue to fund these truly impactful projects in our Togolese communities
We would love to drink their grounds, if it keeps these hounds out of the pound!
The fashion industry is incredibly wasteful, but you don’t have to be wasteful to be tasteful. This company shows us that.
“Outerknown is a super cool “surf-stylish” company with a very strict code of conduct”
An all around conscious company. Good food, good for the world.