One of my most important and fun jobs is choosing products to bring into the shop. When looking for new items and vendors to work with there are a lot of things I like to consider, like is this a product I or my kids would use or want to display in my home? Will my customers find this special, funny, useful, or just make them smile? Is it something they absolutely do not need but will not be able to live another day without? But one of the most impressive things is a brand with a mission that also gives back a little (or a lot), and that I can't resist. In the state of the current world, it's important to remember that it holds weight where we choose to spend our money and that even in small ways these choices can make an impact.
Here at The Little Apple, we have multiple product lines from incredible brands that function with a purpose and/or donate a portion of their sales to causes that make an impact by shedding a little light into the world and make things a little brighter for us all. It feels great to buy a product you love, and it feels even better to know that you're helping a good cause in the process.
Check out the list below of the current brands and items we have in the shop that are making a positive impact!
Is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic and toxic chemicals commonly found in household commodities like dryer sheets, fabric fresheners and pet toys by offering reusable zero waste alternatives. To them, nothing is more important than the health of our environment. That is why all their products are reusable, plastic free, cruelty free, fair trade, and compostable.
Every purchase from Milkbarn directly helps Exile International and the children of war to heal their mind, body, and spirit. Their collaborative efforts allow these recovered children to become leaders of tomorrow in their local communities.
Blue Q has been an active supporter of Doctors Without Borders since 2013. One percent of the sale of every Blue Q sock, toothbrush and kitchen product supports their programs and the total donation amount so far has surpassed $1 million. It’s worth noting that Doctors Without Borders is neutral and impartial, and currently receives less than two percent government funding internationally, which means they can respond based on needs, not agendas. Individual donors make their work possible. We also respect the way Doctors Without Borders speaks out on behalf of the people they treat and act to expose injustice.
Paddywax Give Back Candle Collection
Paddywax in partnership with St. Jude's Children's Hospital, each candle is inspired by a patient at St. Judes and shares their story.
Colour Me Kids
As a society, we’ve worked so hard to get resources that are more representative of people across the world yet we lag behind when it comes to the tools we use for our children in the classroom. We are more than just ‘peach’ or ‘brown’ – the limited colours available in any standard box of crayons or felt-tip markers. They’re a husband and wife team, passionate about encouraging children to celebrate the colour of THEIR skin!